Brandy actually knew James' son, Alex, before they even met. Shortly thereafter they met through mutual friends, and went on a first date to get tacos! Their love for tacos was all it took to cement the bond.
It is rumored that James had the ring for several months trying to plan the perfect proposal. Such a thing does not exist ,however, and he finally took her to a field of bluebonnets under the guise of taking family photos. The ring was a weight in his pocket, urging him on. All the pressure disappeared once she said "yes".
Brandy loves to plan things out months in advance, and James forgets to plan his lunch everyday. So who can say what the future really holds. The only thing that can be said with any confidence is that we are a family, and we will stay that way.