*Los Angeles, CA — Kessan Mandolph, an Amazon.com, motivational, self-help author of the book “Tired of Crying” was surprised recently by her long-time love Vincent Taylor, by popping the question in front of their families, friends and industry guests at the fabulous Brownstown Bistro, on LA’s Pico Boulevard.
The evening turned out to be a fairy-tale one for Mandolph, as she was surprised when entering the restaurant for her surprise 39th Birthday bash, planned by Taylor.
Kessan had no idea about the shroud of secrecy surrounding the super-surprise; as Vincent stood up and spoke to the guests; about how he and Kessan have been looking for another Los Angeles property to move into, in addition to discussing the next level on where their relationship is heading. He asked her to open a few of her birthday gifts and a gift basket (handmade by Taylor), in which she received a designer Michael Kors, Parker Glitz, round, over-sized, silver watch; adorned with pave crystal insets. When she got to the bottom of the basket, she saw a ring box and paused nervously. Paralyzed with overwhelming disbelief and emotions the birthday girl wept; as Vincent lamented by professing his love and sentiments for having Kessan, in his life. He kneeled and proposed. And Kessan said YES! The ring is a traditional cut 2.5 carat, encrusted with smaller diamonds on the band that measures up to the Four C’s clarity, cut, color and carats.
Brownstone Bistro Owner and Executive Chef, Clive Jackson and Head Chef Moe dazzled the attendees with their culinary mastery; a 3 course meal of coconut shrimp and stuffed mushroom appetizers; a spinach apple walnut salad, followed by a plate dressed with a masala-inspired chicken breast, sautéed in a light curried sauce and a slice of grilled herb salmon; accompanied by European style vegetables. For dessert, celebrity cakes-power-house Hansen’s Bakery on Fairfax Ave. delivered a butter crème topped, red velvet, and fresh strawberry centered cake. After the announcement, congratulations and well wishes came pouring in via Kessan’s Twitter and Facebook on-line communities. The couple, Kessan and Vincent have yet to set a date for the wedding and honeymoon.
Kessan Mandolph’s “Tired of Crying: From the Stripper House to the Church House” is on paperback from First Choice Publishing House. “Tired of Crying” is a true story and powerful testimony of how God delivered a woman from bondage into freedom. Mandolph endeavors to take you through the peaks and valleys of life in the fast lane as a Los Angeles exotic dancer; living the high life but yet always knowing deep down that something was missing. Her personal journey through love, loss, heartbreak and finding self-love will keep you on the side lines — rooting for her triumphant destiny and successes. “Tired of Crying” is also available through ebook download on TiredOfCrying.com.
Danielle Lima Holland