A.J. and Nick

How We Met

We met during the holiday season of 2016 on a spur of the moment first date. We met online (thanks Tinder!) about two weeks prior to actually meeting each other face to face. For those two weeks, we talked about everything and anything you can imagine – just trying to figure out exactly who we were and what we wanted out of this “relationship” moving forward. At the time, Nick lived in Philly and A.J. lived in central NJ (or Northern – whatever you think exists) so the probability of a long-distance relationship was slim, but we gave it a shot anyway. The weekend of Thanksgiving, Nick invited A.J. over for an impromptu movie night at his mom’s while he was home in Staten Island for a few days. OK – probably not the smartest idea going over to your Tinder date’s mom’s house for the first time, but we did it anyway. A.J. met nick’s mom and stepdad and we had an amazing night. We did nothing but talk and throw on some background movie to just fill the void. I think we actually talked so much that by the time we started to watch a movie it was after midnight. We didn’t wrap up our “first date” until about 3:00 AM. From there – the rest is history!

How They Asked

Nick proposed to A.J. in Copenhagen Denmark on September 24, 2019. To backtrack, Nick had been planning the proposal since June of that same year. He took his mom’s engagement interlock band to a jeweler that month and had a new ring made for A.J. from the diamonds in her band. We were scheduled to go on a mini-Eurotrip in September into October that would cover Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam. Nick had a sentimental connection to Copenhagen because it’s where he studied abroad, one of his favorite places in the world, and it’s where he came out – so he knew that is exactly where he wanted to ask A.J. to marry him. We had been in Copenhagen for about 2 days and Nick set the scene perfectly – Nick had already shown A.J. most of Copenhagen, but he wanted to take A.J. to the Church of Our Savior to see the entire city in one shot. After climbing to the top of the church (after a little panic from A.J.’s fear of heights that Nick didn’t know about), Nick pointed out each part of Copenhagen from above and why it meant so much to him. He then proceeded to explain that this would be the most special place in the city on top of all of them because we were together. Nick then got down on one knee and asked A.J. to marry him! We spent the rest of the trip on cloud 9. To this day, it was the best day of our lives!



Special Thanks

Tom Russo Photography
 | Photography
The Asbury Park Boardwalk
 | Engagement Shoot Location
Asbury Park Convention Hall
 | Additional Engagement Shoot Location