Shamea Morton has found herself embroiled in some major drama this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. But when she's not hanging with this Hotlanta squad, Shamea's life has been pretty Georgia peachy keen, thanks to her engagement to fiancé Gerald Mwangi on August 14.
Shamea and Gerald have been together for three years, and the RHOA pal definitely feels #blessed to have him in her life. "He is amazing. He is definitely Godsend. And they say you got to kiss a couple of frogs before you get your Prince Charming, and that is definitely what he is," Shamea gushed during a recent interview with The Daily Dish. "I think about where I was five years ago even, and I think about where I am now, and all I can say is, ‘God, he is so good, and he is so merciful, and he is so understanding, and he is so patient and forgiving.' And it’s nothing but his work that brought us together."
It was a chance encounter for Shamea and Gerald, who first met at the Rose Bar nightclub in Atlanta three years ago. But the two barely even talked to each other then. It wasn't until one of Shamea's friends invited her to a barbecue at Gerald's house that they really hit it off. "We go to his house for that barbecue, and we have not stopped talking since," Shamea said. "My girlfriend says he threw this barbecue just to meet [me]: 'This is just for you so you can have a conversation with him.' We had such a great time."
Gerald popped the question during a romantic dinner while the couple was attending a soulmate seminar run by Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus author John Gray in San Francisco. "I couldn’t even believe [it]. For me, I thought it was going to be this big, elaborate thing, something really big — but it was something so simple and so perfect — because I’m always trying to figure something out. It came after such an emotional love seminar, it was the icing on the cake. He proposed with a really nice and classy, very modest ring, but he wanted to make sure it was right," Shamea recalled. "I didn’t even sleep that night, I just kept looking at my hand like, ‘Oh my God, I’m engaged.’ I’m still excited because I got the good guy, I got the best guy, there’s no other out there better than him."
Gerald, who owns companies that deal in mergers and acquisitions, is originally from Kenya, so he and Shamea had planned to hold the traditional ceremony where the dowry is presented to the bride's parents on April 8. The couple's official wedding ceremony will be taking place in Nyeri, Kenya on July 22, and the reception will be held at a venue at Mount Kenya, the second-highest peak in Africa behind Mount Kilimanjaro. Shamea said she not only plans on partying "all night long" with her wedding guests but also going on safari and getting a little beach fun in the sun, too. "I want it to be an experience for my guests, not just the wedding day," she said. "I want them to leave like, ‘Oh my goodness, that was fun.’"
Despite everything that's gone down with the RHOA ladies this season, Shamea has actually invited many of them to her impending nuptials — all of them except Phaedra Parks, who seemed to start those rumors about her and Kandi Burruss hooking up, that is. "My invitations went out two days ago, and I’ve already gotten calls and texts from a lot of the ladies I know of. Kenya [Moore] is going to be in South Africa. She says she’ll try to come. Kandi and Todd [Tucker] say they’re definitely coming. Cynthia [Bailey] says she’s definitely coming because she’s got some friends in Kenya already," Shamea said. "And I haven’t spoken to Porsha [Williams], but you know Porsha was supposed to be in my wedding, but I’m sure she’ll be there. I can’t see her not coming."
Though Shamea has been learning Swahili at Georgia State University and is on track to be fluent in the language soon, she said she and Gerald will be settling down in the United States after the wedding. "He and his siblings came to the States for college. So he’s been in the States right before his 18th birthday, and he’s like, 'No, I never want to leave Atlanta,'" Shamea explained. "That’s where all my family is, and he has all his friends here, and we just have a really great life in Atlanta. That’s where we want to raise our kids, and this is home for us."
Watch Shamea give her take on all of the ATL drama this season, below.
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