Swiggz Williams, 25, and partner Taniya Rose, 30, will be joined in a civil union March 16 at Crimson Moon Tavern in Wilmington.
The pair met Feb. 19, 2011, at the club but later realized that they actually were connected through a local chatline years earlier.
However, Williams said last year’s meeting came at the perfect time.
“We talked when we were younger but I don’t think we would have been ready for each other at that time in our lives,” she said. “We needed the things that have since happened in our lives to make us ready for this in our lives.”
Upon seeing Rose at the club, Williams said she “fell in love instantly.”
Rose initiated the conversation, which Williams said gave her insight into her personality.
“My first impression was that she was very confident,” Williams said. “She came toward me and asked me out, so I could see already that she was confident.”
While they already had established a connection in their youth, keeping their relationship strong in the past year has been contingent upon being truthful with one another, Williams said.
“Honesty,” she said about the key to their success. “No matter what our goals are, we tell each other everything honestly, to the T.”
Williams, a restaurant assistant manager, and Rose, a security guard, decided that their relationship was ready for the next level — and chose to take that step in the place where they first laid eyes on one another.
“That’s where the beginning was, so that’s where we wanted to start our lives,” Williams said.
Family, friends and Crimson Moon regulars will gather for both the ceremony and reception.
“They are a good match for each other, and we are grateful to be a part of their special moment,” said Crimson Moon manager Jeff Watson.
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