Black Beard Love: Gabe & Witne

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Love is stronger than pride, word to Sade. Love is something we appreciate more from the actions of those we love and those that love us. If you let society tell it, the black family is struggling for existence, becoming a thing of the past and no one wants to be in a committed monogamous relationship (insert side eye emoji right here).

We're here to not only tell you but show you just how much stronger and thriving the notion of black love is with positive imagery of the resurgence of the black family.

Meet Gabe and Witne, a Chef and a Sales Manager living in the charming city of New Orleans. The love these two have for each other not only poured out of the beautiful pictures of their engagement session (they've been together since high school and are getting married on January 20, 2018), but can also be felt in the words they expressed for one another in their interview. When asked to describe each other using only verbs (words like grow, love, care, see, focus and motivate), it's clear that their love is genuine.

Black love is when two people jointly understand, acknowledge and appreciate the uniqueness of and greatness in each other. Black love is the essence of self love. When our little black babies grow up confident and proud of who they are because we've been the shining example to them - that is black love. It embodies the strength, beauty and power in one another as well as together. Our relationships have been illegitimately demeaned for so long, the truth is, we are the strongest when we are together. - Gabe & Witne

Black love is when two people jointly understand, acknowledge and appreciate the uniqueness of and greatness in each other. Black love is the essence of self love. When our little black babies grow up confident and proud of who they are because we've been the shining example to them - that is black love. It embodies the strength, beauty and power in one another as well as together. Our relationships have been illegitimately demeaned for so long, the truth is, we are the strongest when we are together. - Gabe & Witne

Love is one of those things that has to be worked at and nurtured in order for it to continue to grow. When you're in a relationship, you have to commit to doing those things that got you to love even after the sparks simmer down. Gabe and Witne keep the romance alive by having dinner together every night, making sure to give one another their undivided attention at the dinner table by banning the use of cellphones. Witne mentions that her friends would attest that she hardly ever answers the phone once she is home with Gabe.

"We're able to keep the romance by listening to each others needs. We eat dinner together almost every night. It's just the two of us, no cellphones or other distractions. Dinner time is our peace. This is the time we talk about what's to come in the future like where we'll travel together or how many children we'll have."

"We're able to keep the romance by listening to each others needs. We eat dinner together almost every night. It's just the two of us, no cellphones or other distractions. Dinner time is our peace. This is the time we talk about what's to come in the future like where we'll travel together or how many children we'll have."

Keeping active, doing those things that makes your partner happy and smiling, things that let them know they are not only thought of and cared for, they are demonstrating that love is a verb and not just a word. So how do Gabe an Witne accomplish this and enjoy each other as a couple? With food! Being in a city like New Orleans where food is made with love, the two are always on the hunt for the latest food festival or newest and hottest eatery. Even when they are traveling they make the exploration for good food part of their couple routine.

One thing that Gabe appreciates about Witne is her acceptance of him. For Witne, the thing she loves most about Gabe is his eageneress to make her happy.

"His answers are always catered to my liking. I can hear him saying 'I am always going to like what makes you the most happy'".

Their devotion to one another is the epitome of black love.

Keep up with Gabe and Witne on IG to see how their love unfolds!

"What I love most about Witne is that she accepts me for who I am and she brings our the best in me." - Gabe

"What I love most about Witne is that she accepts me for who I am and she brings our the best in me." - Gabe

Keep up with Gabe and Witne on IG to see how their love unfolds!

Photography provided by Jeremy Tauriac