About Us

About Us


For some, freshman year of college may be a blur of parties and difficult courses. Not for David and Alaina. The Spelhouse couple first met in 2004 while attending Morehouse College & Spelman College (Spelhouse!) in Atlanta, GA. Their friendship took off at the end of senior year when Dave reached out to Alaina for help on a senior year project 🙂. In 2008, as seniors in college with a million distractions, the one consistent for the two quickly became each other’s friendship.  After graduating Alaina moved to NYC for graduate school and David continued grinding in Atlanta building his career. 12 years after their first encounter, they have built an unbreakable foundation. Truly, best friends and each other’s rock. David and Alaina have been blessed to achieve success in both their personal and professional lives; Alaina, the Principal of an elementary school and David, a serial entrepreneur, all while creating quality time for each other and those closest to them. Who knew the seed they planted freshman year would turn into the best relationship the two could have ever imagined!

Indeed, their friends knew all along. Instead of writing about themselves, they opted for their guests to share stories so that you may live vicariously through the memories of those closest to them during the years they were oblivious to cupid’s arrow.  

Get comfy, grab a hot cup, and sip this tea… 🙂

I have so many memories I have to share a few of them…. The first is centered around when Dave would come to NYC for work. I had Beyonce tickets to see her in Jersey and I called Alaina to go with me and she said, “Dave is in town and I’m going to hang out with him but thank you” and the tone in her voice was different from any other ‘friend” is in town ☺️. I knew I might as well not waste my breathe stating the obvious as Alaina always replied with “we are just friends Kim!” Lol. The pictures Alaina and Dave would take when they were together – I’ve never seen Alaina smile so big and still he brings the biggest smile to her face! Alaina always got super excited when he was in town – Dave was truly a special “best friend” and I digress.. here we are today!

Good thing Alaina didn’t come to Jersey with me to see Beyoncé for the first time. Earlier this year Dave surprised Alaina with a trip to Miami and first row tickets to see Beyoncé. Things always come full circle ;). It has been a blessing to witness God work for each of them separately and together as a couple. Wishing the soon to be newlyweds a lifetime of blessings and continued success – you guys deserve the world!

 – Kimberly Hogg (Alaina’s Spelman Sister)

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It was always funny to me to be around David and Alaina during the early stages of their relationship.  I found humor in the fact that they pretended to be really good friends when I could tell that the were in love.  What was even more amusing was the fact that David fell in like. David doesn’t fall in like. As time went on, things progressed and I saw David fall in love.  I used to tell Dave that he would be married soon and he tried to laugh it off. Then the day came when he told me he was going to the Bahamas to talk to Alaina’s father. I was elated for a few reasons. The biggest reason was that Alaina can cook her ass off and that is the number one thing I look for in a sister in law. David and Alaina having a beautiful, inspirational, well-balanced, and unconditionally loving relationship were the other-not-so important reasons (just kidding). I am happy and blessed to be so close to such an amazing couple.

– Stephen “GC” Boykin (David’s Morehouse Brother)

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When Alaina lived in New York after university, we talked often about the happenings in her life.  Whether it was work or social related, somehow the name Dave was mentioned.  When I asked who Dave was, she would say, “He’s my best friend from Spelman/Morehouse days.  I can talk to him about anything.”  When she and friends went to concerts, whether in New York or in another state, it was Dave who sent the tickets or arranged for them to be backstage.  When she said that she and Dave either texted or talked on the phone almost daily to bounce ideas off each other, I asked why they aren’t dating.  Her response was, “What, and take a chance on losing my best friend?!”  Before long, I received a call telling me that she Dave were officially dating.  That was good news.  After all, they could skip the “getting to know you period” as they already knew EVERYTHING about each other.  I understand that most of her friends’ reaction was, “It’s about time!” I concur! Welcome to the family, Dave.

So happy for both of you, Dave & Baina!

– Mommy (Alaina’s Mother)

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Your husband is someone you turn to when things aren’t going well. Your husband is someone who makes you feel better when you are down. Your husband is someone who can always put a smile on your face. Your husband is the one who cares and supports you, even if you don’t always recognize how deep his care runs.

I knew Dave was right for Alaina because he demonstrated all these qualities well before they started dating.  I remember there was one specific time in NYC when Alaina was feeling down. She talked to Dave and although he only had 24 hrs., he immediately hopped on a plane to come and cheer her up. Alaina played it off like it wasn’t a big deal touting “he is just my best friend” to which I told her no “friend” is that good. Hoping on a plane just to make you smile is husband territory.  We all recognized Dave was Alaina’s rock well before she fully recognized it. As we all know “Love is patient, love is kind…..it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always preserves” (1 Corinthians 4,7). Dave understood the importance of real love and has always given Alaina nothing less as her best friend, and now soon to be husband.

– Alana Hewitt (Alaina’s Spelman Sister)

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I remember first being around David and Alaina and telling them I know you guys are going to be together for a long time. I noticed they had eyes for each other but tried to downplay it around their friends. They may have fooled everyone else but they weren’t fooling the kid. After the first time I tasted Alaina’s infamous lamb chops, I knew that any other lamb chops David tasted would play second fiddle. I’m so happy for my best friend, that he was able to find the love of his life. Now I get to watch him truly be happy for the rest of his life.

– Christopher Burney (David’s friend)

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December 8, 2012. I remember it like it was yesterday, and iPhone dated photos make the memory clearer. Alaina aka Plain and I moved to NY after graduating from Spelman in 2008. During these years we had our Friday and Saturday going out ritual down to a T (some of y’all got that). Hair appointment during the day, nails a day or two before, and later in the evening over pin-curled and wrapped hair we exchanged pictures of our outfits back and forth until they were just right (life before FaceTime was rough). But the ritual was different when Dave came to town. He treated me like a brother and Alaina…like a very good friend; overall the pressure was off and we always had such a good time. We’d stay out all night long (even on school nights!), and when I wasn’t able to join she was more than ok to go out with him alone, her “friend.”

But this night was different. The solace that Dave shared with Plain was obvious even in the smoky haze of the club that night. The three of us were backstage, and I could see and feel the chemistry between the two. Of course I told her and conveniently reminded her of this night of chemistry off and on for the next two years but she “didn’t remember.”  

Then on October 8, 2014 at my birthday dinner weeks before Homecoming, suddenly her memory resurfaced. She was ready to put their friendship at the center of something potentially even better. Thankfully, from that moment on she never once looked back, and her memory has remained intact.

Ashley Mackel (Alaina’s Line Sister & Spelman Sister)

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Dave and I traveled very often for work.L.A, Miami,the entire world in a nutshell but something was different about New York.  Dave always became more excited and always anticipated seeing his then, “friend ” Alaina.  She was the only girl he wanted around and I could immediately forecast special chemistry between the two.  I once told Dave …”Hey man, that’s going to be your wife …watch!” He downplayed my vision and replied with “Na,we’re just friends”

He was different with and around her though.  She made him content, confident and carefree all in the same.  Each trip to New York remained the same-Partying, the magnetic energy of the city, and the presence of Alaina.

– Jamal Lewis (David’s Cousin)

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On one of her trips to Atlanta, she had a conference and I remember clearly her words specifically being… “I am super sick… not feeling well at all… but wanted to meet up with you for drinks.” I agreed and we met at STK- Atlanta for Magnum Mondays. As I’m getting dressed I texted Alaina and said… “Hey I can pick you up since you staying at a hotel downtown…” her response… “No need, Dave is picking me up and we will meet you there and you’ll get to meet him…” That SIDE-EYE of mine started up, I thought to myself… “hmmm” For this first time in my life… I am actually early, because I’m eager to see this dude Alaina keeps talking about and watch the interaction. They arrive about 30 mins late and keep in mind Alaina is “terribly sick”… however she comes through with a bad-ass trench coat, I’m sure Matthew did her hair the day before because it was “lit”, makeup to the 9’s, smelling like a garden of roses…. I’m thinking to myself… “this is what sick looks like?…. But you doing it though.” I’m 90% sure at this time I whats-app’d my best-friend T’shombe saying… “Bey… Baina never dresses up this much… and this dude pose to be… JUST A FRIEND”  I was introduced to this cool dude, who was really low key, cool, and chill… the complete opposite from me, but very similar in nature to Alaina LOL. We then proceeded to a Jamaican bar off Cresent Avenue and went downstairs in a basement-like bar and had wings, drinks and good conversation.  I just smiled to myself because I could tell that she was sooo into this guy… she was giddy… so happy… and was herself… and he was just as into her!! I knew that they would end up being together… the chemistry was too thick… On a side note…I’m still tryna figure out why I was invited… but that’s another story LOL 🙂

– Amiel Ingraham (Alaina’s childhood friend)

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I knew you were the one when I found out we shared the same birthday month, only a few days apart, and also an educator. I really don’t mind handing my son off to another Scorpio woman, one who looks good, educated, and can cook like his mother!

Mama Leeks (Dave’s Mother)