Erica and Arthur
How We Met
Arthur and I first met in the fall of 2010 at Northeastern University. Arthur says he was originally drawn to my dimples and big smile. Over the next several years, we developed a friendship and traveled in similar friend circles. In 2012, we became close friends while serving on a student board together where Arthur was the President and I was the Executive Vice President. During this same period, I was one of Arthur’s most supportive friends in the tough days and months after his mom passed away. While Arthur was balancing both the needs of home in the Hudson Valley and of school in Boston, we often spent hours on the phone during Arthur’s weekly drives between New York and Boston. During this time however, Arthur developed a fondness for me as more than just a friend. Arthur remembers venting to his friend Adam over late-night pizza at Boston House of Pizza, saying “she’s the girl I want to marry.” We joke among friends that Arthur’s crush on me was the worst kept secret on Northeastern’s campus :) and dispute when our first date actually took place. Finally in 2014 just before graduation, I told Arthur how I felt, too, and the rest was history after our first “official” dates shortly thereafter.
Over the next four years, our relationship grew, and we fell in love. We traveled together across New England, to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Chicago, Medellin, Cartagena, Cancun and Mexico City. Together we enjoyed musicals, museums, BBQs, walks with our two dogs, cooking, history tours by foot and trying new foods. We hosted and shared family holidays and special occasions together. When I was accepted into Georgetown University’s MBA program at the end of 2017, we decided to move to Washington, DC together after nine years in Boston for Arthur and a lifetime to date for me.
For our fourth anniversary we took a trip to Italy. On our way to what I thought was a regular anniversary dinner on our second night in Rome, Arthur surprised me by asking me to marry him on a grassy hill overlooking the Colosseum. True to our relationship’s origin story, I was so overcome with emotion that I forgot to officially say “yes” until later that evening when we were at a celebratory dinner together.
We chose to say “I Do” in Boston not only because it’s my hometown but because its where our story together began and could only be there where our next chapter together unfolds.
How They Asked
For our fourth anniversary we took a trip to Italy. Arthur was so nervous throughout our fight! On our second day in Rome, we were headed to what I thought was our fourth anniversary dinner. After the hotel arranged for a car service to pick us up, I knew something was different! Arthur surprised me by asking me to marry him on a grassy hill overlooking the Colosseum. There was a photographer present who captured everything. The night ended with a beautiful dinner at a Michelin starred-rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking where the proposal had just taken place. True to our relationship’s origin story, I was so overcome with emotion that I forgot to officially say “yes” until later that evening when we were at a celebratory dinner together.