How We Met
We met through Facebook via a mutual friend. After texting for 24 hours, we instantly connected and shared the same values and passions in life. The next day we met for drinks at a local bistro and we have been inseparable ever since. Making waves in our community to advocate a plant-based diet and overall health and wellness.
How They Asked
As you can imagine from the photos, our proposal was a bit unconventional but yet a beautiful one at that. I, Alex, suffered from a 99% blocked left anterior descending artery, AKA the Widowmaker at the age of 32 years old with no major family history of coronary artery disease, a non-smoker with good cholesterol and blood pressure. My cardiac surgeon said I should not have survived this episode and highly recommended to switch over to a plant-based diet if I wanted to live a long, healthy life. My better half, Brittany, embraced and transitioned us to a vegan diet out of love, determination, and strength. She became an unbelievable plant-based chef and I couldn’t have done this without her. Throughout this transition, we documented our trials and tribulations on a blogging platform thus making my health problems transparent to the public in the hope of helping and inspiring others. Little did we know that our social media account would take off as it has and we are now known as, White Gloved Vegan. In case you’re wondering what “White Gloved Vegan” is…it’s a movement we created to break stereotypes associated with veganism and inspire others to adopt a plant-based lifestyle. The “white glove” signifies that a vegan can be a class act high standing individual and not be ridiculed for going against the social norms.
So after everything we have been through, I couldn’t think of a better way to ask her to marry me then body painted in Times Square. The week leading up to the big day brought about several unwelcome surprises, the biggest was a polar vortex. A blizzard fell on Buffalo NY, canceling flights followed by record-breaking arctic temperatures and wind chill. Our flight was delayed 5 times before it successfully made it out of Buffalo and it was luckily the only flight that made it to NYC that day! The day of the proposal, it was a balmy 15 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill temperatures in the single digits. As you can see in the pictures, our clothing was sparse to say the least, barely keeping our bodies warm. Little did she know amongst the artistically based chaos and commotion of Time Square, I was going to propose.
If you’re wondering why we look the way we do, this proposal parallels with a “self-love” campaign featuring many social media influencers and our photoshoot emphasizes the benefits of a plant-based diet and cardiovascular disease awareness. The incredible artist, Trina Merry, painted “Will You Marry Me?” on my back. Brittany was asked to turn around and when she saw the message, I immediately dropped to a knee and properly proposed. With dozens of spectators accumulating among all of the commotion and emotions, through joyful tears she put on the ring and said YES! I couldn’t have imagined a more expressive or poetic way that encompasses what she means to me and our story to the world.
(Our campaign photos will be released this year in a national magazine and documentary!)