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2023: The Love Story of Pinky Cole and Derrick Hayes - A Match Made in Heaven

2023: The Love Story of Pinky Cole and Derrick Hayes - A Match Made in Heaven

  Pinky Cole and Derrick Hayes have proven to be a power couple. Together, they have seen immense business success as well as creating an idyllic family environment. Derrick Hayes of Big Dave's Cheesesteaks surprised Cole while on stage at the 2022 Essence Festival and asked for her hand. Fans enthusiastically cheered. The first time they met At Atlanta's most captivating entrepreneurs and money-makers, Cole stands out. Not only has she created two food empires - Slutty Vegan and Big Dave's Cheesesteaks - she has also been involved with projects aimed at eliminating economic disparities within the black community. Cole was featured at numerous platforms such as Essence Festival 2022 where she participated on a panel alongside fellow foodie/entrepreneur A.J. Calloway; during this event Hayes, CEO/owner of Big Dave's Cheesesteaks made another surprise by getting down on one knee and proposing to her! Fans of both brands reacted enthusiastically to the engagement announcement. Cole posted an Instagram video showing her in an exquisite off-the-shoulder wedding gown embellished with pleats, asking followers "Y'all wanna come to the wedding?" before twirling around and flashing an infectious grin. Soon, an entrepreneur will walk down the aisle for her man of her dreams. According to PEOPLE, their marriage was celebrated in an extravagant ceremony that featured star power. Their venue featured floral decorations, chandeliers and gold and ivory palette decor. According to reports from Tasha Cobb Leonard's worship melody, Tasha Cobb Leonard led guests in singing hymns as the bride and groom made their way down the aisle. Following exchanging vows in front of 300 guests, they donned customized Milano Di Rouge mauve robes from Milano Di Rouge for their first look followed by Miguel Wilson tuxedos for Miguel Wilson for an official first look photo shoot. Cole and her new husband celebrated after the ceremony with a decadent ten-course meal at The St Regis Hotel. Alongside an exquisite spread, K&J's Elegant Pastries provided them with a five-tier cake featuring vegan coconut and Malibu rum syrup with strawberry foam filling, mango compote, and mango mousse by way of dessert! Doug E. Fresh, Richelieu Dennis and Essence Magazine President Caroline Wanga were among those in attendance at Cole and Hayes' lavish reception, creating the ideal endpoint to an eventful day dedicated to service and celebration. Together, Cole and Hayes have already started providing opportunities to those in need: recently teaming up with Clark Atlanta University to give LLCs to this year's graduating class, as well as starting a foundation offering free life insurance policies for black men making less than $30k annually. The second time they met Cole and Hayes met while promoting their respective businesses; Cole has created an empire through Slutty Vegan while Hayes owns Big Dave's Cheesesteaks in Atlanta that serves Philly cheesesteaks and fries. Hayes noted in the interview how his late father's entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to start up his restaurant business from scratch and create a national brand name. Additionally, he discussed his philanthropic initiatives and the significance of giving back to his community. Hayes described himself and Cole as being like-minded when it comes to their business and charitable goals, sharing similar thoughts on overcoming obstacles and succeeding with their endeavors. Cole agreed with this sentiment, asserting that hurdles shouldn't be seen as failures but as opportunities to increase and grow higher. Their wedding was an extravagant affair attended by 300 guests including Doug E. Fresh, Jeezy and Jeannie Mai, Richelieu Dennis, Essence Magazine President Caroline Wanga and Naturi Naughton. As guests indulged in sweet treats such as K&J's Elegant Pastries' vegan coconut and Malibu rum syrup cake decorated with pineapple slices, strawberry foam, mango compote and mango mousse to satisfy their sweet tooth, they were treated to an impressive five-tier ombre cake and vegan coconut and Malibu rum syrup cake decorated with pineapple slices, strawberry foam pineapple slices adorning the sides adorned by pineapple slices adorned with pineapple pieces decorated by K&J's Elegant Pastries! While they celebrate their nuptials, Cole and Saidi look forward to creating even more successful businesses and breaking generational patterns. "We are a force to be reckoned with," Saidi told PEOPLE. "Our goal is to have an impactful world-changing mission." Recently, they celebrated their wedding at the Urban League of Greater Atlanta's Spirit of the League luncheon, an event which combined fundraising and celebration. Entertainment included Anonymous da Band. At this celebration-turned-fundraiser event, the couple shared their journey in finding each other, starting their business empires and contributing to Atlanta philanthropically despite opposition from relatives, friends, or an ex-partner trying to pull them apart; yet they remain determined to create happiness together while supporting family, community and future endeavors together. The third time they met Cole and Hayes have established themselves as community leaders through their philanthropic efforts, helping Black families build generational wealth by encouraging healthy lifestyle habits and teaching entrepreneurship skills. Recently they were honored at an Urban League event for their contributions. At an awards luncheon held to recognize Spirit of the League winners, this couple were recognized for their accomplishments at Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. At the ceremony, Cole and Hayes shared their journeys openly - including failures, successes and lessons learned - alongside other business owners seated on stage with them. Both shared candid accounts about both successes and setbacks along the way. Cole and Hayes were recognized for their contributions to the economy and thanked for empowering other Black entrepreneurs and providing opportunities in the community. Both spoke on the importance of transparency both in business and life and how entrepreneurship has enabled them to build both businesses and relationships. Cole and Hayes exchanged vows before an audience of 300 guests, wearing strapless mermaid-style gowns designed by three different couture houses over four months - featuring deep V sweetheart necklines with hand-stitched crystal rhinestones as well as luxurious beaded mesh silk fabric. Hayes donned a custom Miguel Wilson tuxedo. Both parties expressed immense excitement for one another and claimed that their wedding will bring so many people together. Cole emphasized how it will serve to unite those struggling in relationships, friendships and families - as well as showing them the beauty of Black love. Cole and Hayes expressed their appreciation to all their supporters and thanked the Urban League for honoring them with this recognition. Roommates, we want to wish Pinky Cole and Derrick Hayes an enjoyable day full of love and happiness! We wish them both many blessings on this milestone anniversary! The fourth time they met New to the big screen is an unexpected and nontraditional form of superheroine: she can read other people's memories! With these unique powers at her disposal, this spy could become a formidable opponent against serial killers and gangsters - or she may need them herself in a battle between two warring super powers, where all humanity may need saving together with herself! "Captain Marvel," directed by Ridley Scott and released into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an epic space thriller with some of the most beautiful visuals ever seen, has broken all box office records with just its opening weekend box office earnings alone! Furthermore, its remarkable success can be attributed to being created on such a tight budget. Although packed with high-octane action and sci-fi elements, this movie also tells an inspiring tale about friendship between a young girl and her older brother. Any fan of superhero films should experience this film at least once. On their fourth meeting, they shared the stage at the ESPY Awards to celebrate their success and share in its celebration. Since then, they've collaborated on multiple projects together - even establishing a nonprofit to provide life insurance policies to Black men - while working tirelessly towards inspiring other entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and work hard towards meeting their goals. At the ceremony, Cole wore a custom Milano di Rouge gown designed over four months by Milano di Rouge that featured a plunging deep V sweetheart neckline with Alencon beaded lace over luxurious mesh silk and six layers of hand-sewn crystal rhinestones from Alencon Beaded Lace Factory; Hayes donned a mauve tux by Miguel Wilson. Family and friends joined them to honor the couple's love. The event took place in a remote community about 30 minutes outside Atlanta with luxurious homes that look right out of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing or early 2000s MTV Cribs documentary-style series. Guests were treated to drinks, hors d'oeuvres, as well as a dance party featuring Meek Mill's hit track "Dreams and Nightmares."

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