Bass & Akingbade
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Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Kim Bass are thrilled to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lo’Real Chiffon, to Olubunmi (Bunmi) Babatunde, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison and Margaret Akingbade. Ms. Eunice Bass, grandmother of Lo’Real, joins in sharing the celebratory news.

The bride-to-be graduated in 2002 from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She earned her bachelor’s in 2006 from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and her master’s in interdisciplinary graduate studies from Iowa State University. Lo’Real works as a technical recruiter for Diversant.

The future groom graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. He is a project engineer at McFarland Construction, Inc.

The couple first met in North Carolina at a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce networking event, hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, when Lo’Real found a place to set her appetizer plate at Bunmi’s table. They exchanged business cards and went to the Alive After Five Networking event, which took place at the Charlotte Epicenter, that same evening. Bunmi connected with Lo’Real online through LinkedIn, inviting her to see Jurassic World in theaters the very next night. On Lo’Real’s birthday, August 13, in 2016, the couple got engaged in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Independence Park. They plan to marry on May 6 in St. Louis and will reside in Charlotte.

LN's advertorial/wedding coordinator and staff writer has a love for all things beautiful, from fashion and beauty to picturesque places found around the world. Photo by Essence Photography by Martha

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