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The Golden State Warriors just snagged their third championship title in the past four years, Steph Curry recently landed a major media deal with Sony, and Ayesha Curry is currently pregnant with the couple’s third child. It’s safe to say that 2018 has been a year of nothing but W’s for the Curry clan. But Steph isn’t the only one getting blessings on blessings. His younger sister Sydel got engaged last year, and Essence recently caught up with her to get all of the deets on her upcoming wedding plans.

Curry shared she knew there was something special about fiancé Damion Lee, a shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks, from the very first moment the pair met:

“I knew from the date, from our first date. He was nobody that I had ever met,” she told ESSENCE. “He was just so different in a sense that I couldn’t read him. He was such a gentleman on our first date. Wouldn’t let me walk close to the street when we were walking together. He was just such so sweet. So from day one of us going on our date I knew I wanted to be with him.”

The pair say since meeting in Philadelphia to watch Curry’s brother Seth play in the NCAA tournament (according to Lee) they have placed God at the center of their relationship. Curry says when Lee proposed last November after several years of officially dating, it was truly a surprise and the best moment of her life:

“The engagement definitely caught me as a surprise [because] I thought that it would take him forever to ask me to marry him because it felt like it took him forever to ask me to be his girlfriend. But we had talked about. We both told each other that we loved each other and wanted to get married eventually when the time came. And so the fact that we are engaged, I’m not surprised because I knew it would get there eventually.”

Curry will walk down the aisle this September in Charlotte, but the Elon University grad and former volleyball star doesn’t plan to be anybody’s basketball wife. Curry has plans to form a career around eradicating the stigma that often accompanies mental health. With her brand and site A Curry Girl, the 23-year-old hopes to make mental health conversations, particularly on social media less about likes and making jokes and more about serious conversations:

“I’ve always had a passion for mental health, not that I’ve had to deal with it on my own. I’ve always been curious about the mind and helping others but I really want, literally in a sense, to save lives. We’ve seen in the past week or so how many people have taken their lives because [they were] at a point in their life that they thought it’s never going to get better. So with my brand called A Curry Girl and the platform that I have, that’s all I want to do is just change the stigma behind [people] being not being able to speak about how you’re feeling and not being in a culture where social media is just about jokes and people not taking other people seriously. Being able to change the [how people] approach this is as a serious subject. People actually need to be empathetic towards others and sympathize with others and just be open to talking and communicating because even if we’re not licensed or doctors, psychiatrists or all those kinds of things we can still help one another.”

The bride-to-be shares she has a huge support system including her mother Sonya, an sister-in-law, Ayesha, to help her accomplish all of her dreams along the way, even if she’s barely through her twenties.  Curry maintains that age is nothing but a number when it comes to having a successful marriage, especially when you have faith on your side:

“As far as marrying young goes, I’ve been raised to think that age is just a number no matter how old you are because my parents got married when they were 22 and 24, and then Steph and Ayesha got engaged at 21 and Stephen was 22. We’re pretty old compared to them because Damien is 25 and I’m 23. So marrying young is not intimidating because I’ve had such great examples. But it’s really just about communication and just making time for each other. [We’ll] be keeping God in the center of your relationship because you can really accomplish anything knowing that God has a plan and God’s in control. No matter how difficult the situation gets so that’s definitely the one thing that I’m taking from each of their relationships is just how invested in their faith as a couple, not just individually, but as a couple how important it is to be invested and committed to really stick with God before anything [because] that really can get you through it.”

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