Love is a beautiful thing. Makeba met Mayo when he came over to the bank with his cousin to transact some business. Their love story is not the typical one, read their love story and view photos from their engagement session below.
It started like most working relationships. Mayo opened an account at Citizens Bank in the spring of 2004, and his personal banker happened to be Makeba. Ever personable, Makeba made Mayo feel at ease, and they shared several stories. There was an immediate connection, but Makeba did not realize that this meeting ignited something in Mayo that he would pursue. They often found themselves at the same parties and night clubs, which they both found rather amusing. They enjoyed the chemistry between them, but neither was available to pursue more than that. One evening, they found themselves yet again at the same night club, but this night ended a little differently. They danced for most of the evening and found themselves in a conversation until long after the party ended. There was truly a spark growing between them.
In 2007, when Makeba transferred to Bank of America, Mayo brought his cousin in for a business transaction, and made it a point to visit Makeba’s desk. Noticing everything, Mayo asked about the missing photo of Makeba and her boyfriend. To his delight, she said that that relationship had ended, and so he asked her out. Makeba, often oblivious to men’s interest, was taken aback. Her first response was to say that she did not date her customers. Mayo, meticulous in his logic, pointed out that technically, he was not her customer; his cousin was.
Ever since that day, Mayo and Makeba have been inseparable, and Maya, Makeba’s infant daughter, loved Mayo and his presence in her life. In March 2014, Mayo moved to Maryland for a new position with his company at Not Your Average Joe’s. Over the next few months, they continued to build their relationship via phone and Skype, although this was difficult and often put a strain on them. In November 2014, Mayo asked Makeba to marry him. On December 23, 2014, they eloped, and in early 2015, Mayo moved back to Rhode Island to be with his new family. On September 24, 2016, Mayo, Makeba and Maya will share their vows in front of their friends and family, solidifying a love that has grown and flourished for over ten years.