Denver, Colorado, also known as the Mile High City, is an urban oasis calk full of vibrant culture including people to encounter, sites to explore, and businesses to support. One of those booming businesses is locally owned floral shop, Black + Blossomed. Black + Blossomed, a Black owned floral company, provides florals for a plethora of things: retail, events, photoshoots, and everyday decor. However, there is so much we can learn from flowers when it comes to love and relationships, that’s where The Black Love Project was formed; “a book that showcases the beauty of all the love in our community while letting the couples and the flowers tell us their story.”
The Black Love Project highlights 8 beautiful Black couples and their love stories full of strength and vulnerability and below we’re giving you a sneak peek into the book.
1: TIFF + ADAM
QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
“I think it is a beautiful thing because, it is something that I can rely on in times where I may not have the answer, I can trust your Intuition.” – Tiff
“You love me the way I like to be loved.” – Adam
2: MISHA + VANDELL
QUESTION: WHAT INSPIRES YOU THE MOST ABOUT YOUR PARTNER?
“You are so strong. You are much stronger than you give yourself credit for, and when I hear the things that you have gone through in life, and the things you have survived, I am just blown away because I don’t think I would ever get through that.” – Vandell
QUESTION: WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE IN LOVE?
“I knew I was in love the minute that I saw you. I was like oh yeah, that’s my baby’s dad, we’re going to have children, a house, a wedding, and all the things! That was 9 1/2 years ago.” – Misha
3: LYNETTE + DOM
QUESTION: HOW DO YOU KEEP THE LOVE ALIVE?
“We’ve been married for 7 1/2 years, and ever sense we got married, we have been doing weekly date nights every Saturday, it doesn’t matter if it was just at home, out to eat, a movie, or just whatever, it didn’t matter. But then we missed a couple of Saturdays in a row and didn’t have a date night and we both just saw how valuable they had become to both of us. We also Like to travel and will travel together a lot and are constantly just dating each other than, by having new experiences together and I think that helps keep the love alive.” – Lynette
“I think for me Personally I try to always find something new about you that I can fall in love with again. I think that you’re always learning something new about a person and I try to just always value those things and embrace that and just fall in love with new, and different thing about you.” – Dom
4: MALIA + DEVON
QUESTION: WHAT MADE YOU FALL IN LOVE?
“I think the one thing I’ve always wanted in a relationship and friendship is just consistency. Consistency and care. I think through out the years Devon has just always showed me so much consistency. It is just undeniable. There is just a lot of effort all of the time, and always showing affection and care.” – MaLia
“I knew, because one of my love languages is just eating good food and feeling nurtured and cared for and MaLia does such a great job at that so I feel like I knew very shortly after I knew her.” – Devon
QUESTION: WHAT DOES BLACK LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
“Our culture is just so rich. I couldn’t imagine not having someone who understands that, and what it was like growing up being Black and in a Black household and the things that we go through. I feel like I wouldn’t change that for anything.” – James
“Knowing that we both live in this body and people experience us in the outside world in a certain way. So to be able to come back to this space together, it does feel safe. Remembering those moments where I was just laying on your lap and would cry when those police brutality cases were happening, I was just feeling exhausted and I didn’t have to explain why. You just knew.” – Breigh
6: EBONY+ TARA
QUESTION: WHAT WOULD YOUR YOUNGER SELF THINK ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP?
“My younger self would be shocked. My younger self didn’t believe, that I deserved to be in a loving relationship. My younger self didn’t believe I deserved to be loved the way I am loved now. My younger self would definitely do a little dance right about now! My younger self would ask what it was we had to do to gain that confidence and to actually believe that I could truly be loved unconditionally, with boundaries, and I am actually able to heal with someone and know that it is not a solo journey.” – Tara