Amanda and Matt

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How We Met

Matt and I met 2 and a half years ago in NYC at the club, Marquee on April 15th. We met around 1 am, we just crossed paths by chance and danced the entire night. It is still to date, the best, most crazy, serendipitous night of our lives! The very next day, we went on our first date which was at the Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken. We went on many more dates all around Hoboken, I think we tried out nearly every restaurant in our mile-square town.

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We started dating right away and have been inseparable ever since. He first said “I love you” 3 months later on the 4th of July in NYC where it all began. This is super important to me because he ended up proposing to me on July 3rd, almost exactly 2 years from when we first said “I love you”. We went on over 10 vacations together over the first year of dating, and almost spent our life savings on traveling and creating amazing memories together. We moved in together and got our Goldendoodle puppy @baxter_the_woofster this past December. We live in Jersey City in the beautiful @soholofts and could not be more excited to continue our lives together traveling the world, loving each other and our fur baby, Baxter.

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how they asked

In terms of the proposal, we had the trip to the Amalfi Coast planned, but he for sure was throwing me off big time, months before the trip. If I would ever hint about getting engaged in the most beautiful Positano, he would shut me down. When we arrived in Italy, we had planned to have dinner in Positano the second day of our trip, which is where he ended up popping the question! I remember he was carrying his suit jacket in 90-degree weather, and little did I know, he was hiding the ring in that pocket, so that I would not notice it.

We walked down the hill to the beach in Positano to the iconic spot with all of the colorful beach chairs and umbrellas. I was bugging Matt to take a photo of just me (LOL) in the iconic spot, but he was waiting for the perfect moment when the sun was just behind the mountain. He set up his camera and phone to record the video, on top of a champagne bucket that he put on top of a beach chair (how creative)! I did not think this was that strange, because we always use the self-timer to take the perfect photo of each other on vacations. He also had a rubber band wrapped around the button on his camera to continually take photos of the big moment. He finally steps over to take a photo with me and the video shows our true, raw reaction. I thought we were simply taking a photo, and he all of a sudden pulls out a ring box and gets down on one knee! I could not believe my eyes and completely freaked when I saw the ring was exactly what I had always dreamed of, from my favorite designer, Lauren B.

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I couldn’t be more excited to be spending the rest of my life with Matt, the man of my dreams and the one who deserves all of the credit for this amazing video, which ended up going viral and has over 500K views on my Instagram! We have both been on Cloud 9 ever since the engagement, and our puppy @baxter_the_woofster is pretty excited too! We do not have many wedding plans set yet, but we do know that we would like to have a summer wedding somewhere close to the beach, or somewhere with a view of NYC as we both share a love for sunny weather, the water, and the place we met, NYC.

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Our Video

Special Thanks

Matt Zagaja
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