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Love Couple: Jamie and Cornel Benford II

Bride’s Name: Jamie Benford

Bride’s Occupation: CEO/Founder, Funn Travel & Tours, LLC

Groom’s Name: Cornel Benford II

Groom’s Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.

Wedding Date & Location: September 5, 2015 — South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, Temecula, California

Honeymoon: Oahu, Hawaii

Tell us your love story: Bride: We first met 11 years ago. I played college basketball at USC and we were in Chicago playing DePaul. Cornel was the Women’s Basketball manager at the time, and he let our team into the gym the day before for practice and the day of the game.  I don’t remember meeting him then! Fast forward to summer of 2013…Groom: We met outside of a Sunday day party in Los Angeles, I was leaving and Jamie and her friends were about to enter. I had just relocated to Southern California from Chicago living in Orange County. Jamie was with two of her best friends and after speaking to the whole group, I was able to get Jamie’s attention by telling her how short she was, Jamie is 6 feet 2 inches tall and a former college basketball player and I’m 6 feet 5 inches tall.

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When did you know that your partner was the one? Bride: When Cornel and I first started dating and he showed up at my uncle Rodney’s birthday party without me. My whole family gave him the 10th degree! But besides that, once he made me start thinking outside of the box daily and encouraged me to pursue different career paths, there was NO way I was letting him go. Groom: I knew Jamie was the one when she respectfully challenged my views and encouraged me to put in a lot more effort than I was accustomed to.

How did he propose? Bride: I thought I was giving him a surprise 30th birthday party at my sister’s house in Dallas, Texas. At the end of the day, I was the one being surprised with a lovely proposal.

What’s the key to the success of your relationship? Bride: Keep God first, communicate daily even if you don’t want to, never go to bed angry and keep your friends and family out of your relationship. A couple that prays together stays together! Groom: Discuss dreams, fears, goals and what efforts you will take to accomplish or overcome them.

Why do you want to be included in JET love? Bride: Our love story is different and I believe everyone should see and read about it! Groom: Because I saw my wife 9 years prior and didn’t realize it. The moral of the story is you never know when you might pass you future spouse and you must be prepared and the timing must be right.