What can we say about Mikael and Angel? They are simply one of a kind! It's rare to find a couple where both partners are equally outgoing, driven, beautiful, and all around fun people to be around. Mikael and Angel are a power duo, making their mark in New York City and soon to be Los Angeles. Here in The Wisdom Corner, they open up about being engaged (after 10 solid years of dating), their hopes and expectations for marriage, and how they have kept their relationship strong over the last decade!
To give you a taste of this couple's flavor, check out Angel's recent birthday dedication to her fiance, Mikael, on Instagram:
"Sending the happiest of #birthdays to my homie, lover, and best friend. The cocky boy from California who, 10 years ago, made me laugh on that #ClarkAtlanta promenade. To the loving, patient, caring man who makes me fall in love more and more each day. The guy who stays in bed with me to freestyle over Jay Z beats. Who encourages me to twerk, fearlessly. Who knows to mix my shots because I'm a lightweight. Who lets me listen to #LEMONADE non-stop, even though he's tired of that "Who the f**k do you think I ih" line. Who prays with and for me. Who provides. Who protects. Your future baby mama loves you, more than you know." - @angellenise
Gotta love it! Enjoy today's Wisdom Corner:
What influenced your decision to get engaged? Why not just remain boyfriend and girlfriend?
[MIKAEL]: I knew Angel was The One my freshman year in college, after she spent the night in my dorm room (innocent encounter), and made my bed the next morning. It was a simple courtesy, that left an indelible impact. There was something special about her, and I knew she’d one day be my wife. I’ve known that for almost 10 years. But I had to be fully prepared as a man — mentally, financially — to assume the responsibility as a provider, as a protector, as a soon-to-be husband. I had to propose in a way that she deserved, in a way that we deserved. I had to make that decision — despite the pressure from Angel and others — on my own. And when I did, I was certain it was the right time.
[ANGEL]: It’s not always easy articulating how I know Mikael is The One. Yes, he’s loving, patient, and kind. Of course he’s charming and handsome. His love for his family, dedication to building a legacy, and willingness to do whatever it takes to make me smile are key. But it’s also like trying to put into words how you know God is real — it’s spiritual, there’s a divine factor that you have to feel to know. As for an engagement — taking a step toward becoming husband and wife — I was ready. I had been ready. For the past year or two of our relationship, there was a lot of discord revolving around why he hadn’t proposed. I knew it was up to the man to find that “good thing,” but I wanted that ring when I wanted it. That, of course, is not the way to go about it. Knowing that he waited for God’s timing, that he won’t resent me for rushing to the altar —that makes it the right thing.
What do you imagine your roles will be as husband and wife?
[MIKAEL]: To provide for Angel and our family. To make sure that we can live the life that we want to live. To protect our home. To always make her feel like she is my number one. And to lead our household, lovingly.
[ANGEL]: To submit — to let him lead. To be gentle if there comes a moment when I find it hard to do so. To make sure he — and our future children — always feel that home is home. And, as a wife, I will eventually have to learn how to cook.
You've dated for quite some time now. What sustains your attraction to one another? How do you keep your relationship interesting?
[MIKAEL]: She's gorgeous! I have always felt that Angel is the most beautiful woman on this planet. And I have to make sure that she knows I’ll always feel that way. She likes that element of “the chase,” of me making her feel wanted. And I just like to have fun! I’m very social, I love to travel, I love adventure; and she is the one person I always want to share those experiences with.
[ANGEL]: Physically, Mikael is the finest man I have ever seen. That’s obvious. Spiritually and mentally — Mikael and I have been together, long distance and all, for 10 years straight. No breaks, no break-ups. When I look back on that time, I know that I haven’t missed out on anything, or anyone. And, aside from the date nights and fun surprises,
I think what keeps things interesting is that we are always striving for something more. We are building: for ourselves, for our careers, for our marriage, for our family, for our legacy.
There’s never a time to be content with how things are, because we are always working, together, to make things even better.
What are you most nervous about when it comes to getting married? Most excited about?
[MIKAEL]: I’m not nervous, to be honest. I’m excited about the tax benefits (lol!), being able to call her my wife, and eventually starting a family.
[ANGEL]: Same! I’m excited about getting married in the city that will be our home (L.A.!), and just calling him my husband. Being his Mrs. Pyles. I’m excited that the journey we started our freshman year of college is still going strong. I’m excited about one day having children — our children. But I’m not rushing for kids as much as I was that ring :)
Mikael and Angel, you are a shining example of Young Black Love! Keep going, we are rooting for you!
Until next time...