Amanda and Dominick

How We Met

Dominick and I met in the oh-so-romantic aisles of CVS Pharmacy in 2013. We both worked there part-time while going to college. We had so much in common but the only problem was that I really didn’t want anything to do with dating or a relationship at that time. After working a few shifts together, he finally worked up the courage to ask me to hang out. I ASSURED myself and all of my friends that it was not a date under any circumstance. This went on for about 6 months until I finally admitted to myself that I actually loved him. I didn’t know it was possible for someone to treat me so well. Dom recently told me that he knew he was going to marry me on that first “date” so he couldn’t and wouldn’t stop trying to win me over. And I’m so grateful that he didn’t because we would end up needing each other more than ever. In March of 2019, we found out that Dominick had thyroid cancer. After his surgery, I didn’t leave his side during his four-day hospital stay because I didn’t want him to ever think that he was going through any of this alone. He would continuously tell me how grateful he was for everything I was doing for him, but I know he would do the same, if not more, for me. It was the scariest thing we’ve ever been through, but it honestly made us closer and stronger than we thought possible. It just assured both of us even more that we could get through anything together and that we needed to be together.

How They Asked

Dominick knew that the only way he could possibly surprise me with a proposal was to make me think I planned the day myself. We had the entire week off for a nice stay-cation from work and one of the things I’ve been dying to do was go back to Pirate’s Cove. It’s a true hidden gem on Long Island. Dom and I had been there three years prior to watch the sunset and we loved the location ever since because it was beautiful and romantic, but also pretty difficult to find- we’ve always loved a good adventure. Since I had mentioned wanting to go back that week, he knew it would be the perfect time to pop the question because I wouldn’t be suspecting since it was “my idea” to go there.

Engagement Proposal Ideas in Pirate's Cove - McAllister Park, Port Jefferson NY

When we got to Pirate’s Cove, we started heading to the top of the sand dunes. The sunset was breathtaking and we made it up there at the absolute perfect time to watch it. Dom grabbed both my hands and started telling me all of the things he cherishes about our relationship, how he knew he wanted to marry me from our first date (yup, the one I swore wasn’t an actual date), and how he realized he didn’t want to wait any longer while he was in the hospital after the surgery.

Amanda and Dominick's Engagement in Pirate's Cove - McAllister Park, Port Jefferson NY

He started getting choked up and I finally realized what was about to happen. By the time he was down on one knee, I couldn’t compose myself. I took a much longer pause after he asked me to marry him than I probably should have, but only because I couldn’t stop crying/laughing/saying oh my god! I finally said YES. After we had our moment, Dom revealed his next surprise and introduced me to our photographer, Keith. We had an amazing sunset engagement shoot!

Amanda's Proposal in Pirate's Cove - McAllister Park, Port Jefferson NY

On the car ride home, I kept suggesting that we stop somewhere to celebrate. Dom assured me that we would have a bottle of wine at home together just the two of us. I finally gave in, but he knew that’s not really what I wanted. We pulled up to the house which was completely dark, and I opened the door to tons of flowers, balloons, banners, and lights EVERYWHERE. There was a path of rose petals and candles leading out to the backyard where there were even more lights and decorations.

Where to Propose in Pirate's Cove - McAllister Park, Port Jefferson NY

As soon as we walked out, both of our families and our best friend Dominique (who helped set the whole thing up) jumped out and surprised me… and there I was crying AGAIN. We all got to celebrate together which made an unforgettable night even more unforgettable. I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect and I can’t wait to spend forever with my best friend in the entire world.

Special Thanks

Anchor & Lace Photography
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