For his first date with Anessah Taheerah Cabiness, in January 2019, Robert Eugene Williams III chose a quaint restaurant in Edgewater, NJ, on the shore of the Hudson River. Ms Cabiness and Mr Williams had texted since their correspondence on the Bumble dating app about a week and a half earlier, and Mr Williams was looking forward to meeting her in person and seeing Manhattan together. The weather, however, had different plans.
“It was a very, very rainy day,” said Williams, 41. “When she arrived she was a little wet, but still pretty and very pretty.
The dreary day took a back seat when Mr Williams and Ms Cabiness started talking and quickly discovered how much they had in common. They both grew up in similar communities and even had family members who lived in the same area.
“We’ve always had a good way of having conversations with each other, just interesting conversations about anything,” Williams said. Ms Cabiness, who had initially been nervous about meeting Mr Williams in person, relaxed as their meal progressed.
“The first date was great,” said Ms. Cabiness, 41. “He was very nice, he looked a lot like a gentleman and we had a great conversation.
They both knew they wanted to meet again, even though their schedules weren’t always perfect. Ms. Cabiness works during the day, Monday through Friday, as a school speech specialist at Memorial High School in West New York, NJ, and Mr. Williams works evenings and weekends as a copywriter in chief at the New York Post. Still, they managed to find time to go on dates several times a week and began to learn about each other’s quirks, like the way Ms. Cabiness puts Reese’s tracks in her pop. -corn from movie.
“Which actually turns out to be quite tasty,” said Williams with a laugh.
Soon after, their relationship got serious and in May 2019, while having dinner together, Ms Cabiness asked Mr Williams if he was ready for them to meet exclusively. Mr Williams, who had already begun to imagine the rest of his life with Ms Cabiness by his side, happily agreed.
As their six-month anniversary approached, Mr. Williams began planning a surprise trip to Manhattan. On their first day in the city, they watched the live-action movie version of “The Lion King,” which opened in theaters this weekend. Ms. Cabiness, a self-proclaimed “Disney fanatic,” was already impressed with the trip when Mr. Williams told her there was still a surprise left. After finishing dinner, they headed to the Minskoff Theater, where Mr. Williams had tickets for them to see “The Lion King” on Broadway. After the show, they spent the evening at the Penn Club.
“It was a wonderful and wonderful evening,” Ms. Cabiness said.
In June 2020, Mr Williams enlisted his sisters and two girlfriends to help him design a princess-cut engagement ring, and in August 2020, he took Ms Cabiness for a walk along the waterfront in Edgewater. A friend of his and his son, who is Mr Williams’ godson, claimed they were in the area and started filming when Mr Williams knelt down and asked Ms Cabiness to l ‘marry.
“He inspires me and he motivates me so much,” said Ms. Cabiness, who plans to take her husband’s last name. “He’s literally my best friend.”
The couple had originally planned to tie the knot on Feb. 14 at Riverside Church in Manhattan, where Williams is a member, but have postponed their wedding due to the pandemic. They tied the knot on January 29 in a civil ceremony at the Bergen County Clerk’s Office in Hackensack, NJ, in front of four family members. Jorge Meneses, a former mayor of Hackensack, NJ, officiated.
“She’s very compassionate, she’s very caring, she’s very down to earth,” Williams said of Ms. Cabiness. “When we’re together, we can just let our hair down and enjoy each other’s company and have a good time. There is a lot to love about her.