This couple is redefining “moving fast.”

By Cailey Rizzo
October 04, 2016
Surprise Proposal and Wedding
Credit: Alfred TheMC via Youtube

On Sunday, Sherrell Woodward woke up. By noon, she was engaged to her boyfriend of three years, Alfred Duncan. By 5 p.m., she was Sherrell Duncan.

The day was a complete surprise and whirlwind for her: Alfred told her that they were going to have a “competitive date day.” Sherrell, who said she enjoys being in control, would have to just follow along for the day.

They started their “competitive date day” at a restaurant. Hidden away in the back room were the couple’s friends and family. In front of their loved ones, Alfred proposed and Sherrell said yes.

And then Sherrell was swept up in a five-hour whirlwind. She was taken away to a hotel, where her best friends, wardrobe stylist, hair stylist and make-up artist were waiting. She was put into a dress under the guise of being a fit model. Then she was blindfolded and taken to Maryland’s National Harbor.

Music started playing and family members removed Sherrell’s blindfold. She put it all together and started crying, telling Alfred, “I’m so happy that you chose to do this with me.”

The couple met through a mutual friend in 2007 and followed each other on social media for years. Sherrell is a fitness trainer who often posted about her weight loss journey. In 2013, Alfred sent her a message to congratulate her on achieving her weight loss goals. She sent back her phone number.

At the end of 2015, the couple took a vow of celibacy until marriage. In a video posted to Instagram on Monday, Sherrell credited this with the unusually-short engagement period: “We had to get down the aisle and get to the hotel room,” she laughed.

Since their wedding day, the #ForeverDuncan video has been viewed thousands of time and the hashtag already has garnered more than 12,500 posts on Instagram.

“He knows my heart, he knows I didn’t want to plan a wedding,” the bride told Good Morning Washington on Monday. “I just wanted to go to the justice of peace and for him to be my husband.”