How She Asked: Kelly and Tanya

Image 1 of How She Asked: Kelly and TanyaHow we met: Tanya and I met at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. We were both Graphic Design majors and had the same classes, we really got to know each other during Typography, as we sat next to each other. We became close when she was going through a breakup. I was the only person who didn’t know her then girlfriend, so she needed someone who was on the “outside” of the group. From there we developed a friendship. She was easy going, creative, funny, and beautiful. We “clicked”- and from there we started dating. It wasn’t the easiest for her, she had to “turn” me- but, with her good looks, and kind heart-she did just that.

After a month of dating, we went to New York City over Thanksgiving Break. I am from Long Island, and she is from Massachusetts, so she came down to visit me and we toured the City together. I took her to Rockefeller Center, Strawberry Fields, Magnolia’s Bakery (of course!) and Central Park. It was our little bubble. We carved our initials onto a tree, and I knew at that moment, I had fallen in love with her.

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Since our trip to Central Park, we haven’t been apart. I graduated from Keene in 2011, and Tanya graduated a year later. I moved to Boston, and after graduation Tanya moved in with me. We started a new chapter of life in Boston together.

How They Asked: March 7th 2014 was my 25th birthday. I decided back in December that it would be fun to go to Foxwoods Casino as it had been such a cold winter, that it would be fun to go somewhere all indoors. Especially since we live in New England. I guess this threw Tanya for a loop because she had decided in September 2013 that she wanted to marry me- but now she had to arrange plans at Foxwoods. I was all excited to be celebrating my 25th birthday with friends and family- I knew a few people who were coming but the rest was a surprise.

On March 8th we drove down to Foxwoods- in a good mood, singing and dancing all the way down. Tanya had booked a couples massage for 11am and for me to get my hair and makeup done after. I didn’t think anything of it, because it was my special day! We said goodbye after our massage and she headed up to her sister’s room, who was staying at the MGM Hotel- and I headed over to the salon to get my hair and makeup done. The makeup artist asked me how I would like my makeup done and I said “for an engagement! Just kidding!” Tanya had told me we wouldn’t be getting engaged for another “2 seasons” haha. I looked and felt beautiful once I was done. At this point it was 2pm- I was starving and hadn’t eaten! I met Tanya at her sister’s room and asked if we could go have lunch- she told me we couldn’t because at some point “everyone needs to say surprise!” So I put on Tegan and Sara’s “Closer” on and we had a little dance party alone. (And had a shot or two!) I was excited for my birthday and to see everyone.

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(Us in the room before hand)

We went down the elevators and started walking through the Casino. We got a little bit “lost” on the way-but eventually found our way to the Fox Theater. I was a little nervous and knew something was going to happen but didn’t know what. She opened the door to the theater, and I was waiting to hear a “surprise!!” but didn’t. She led me in and I saw her mother, sister, father, my father, my sister, and all of our friends sitting on stage. In the background was the song I wanted for our first dance – an amazing acoustic version of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” (by Boyce Avenue and Fifth Harmony). Each person was holding a letter “W I L L Y O U M A R R Y M E?”- I immediately burst into tears. I turned around and Tanya was on one knee. Before she said anything I yelled “YES!” and Tanya said “Can you let me say what I need to say!?” Of course this happened- but I was so overjoyed and happy that the woman I fell in love with 3 years ago was on one knee asking me to marry her. (A very Happy Birthday for me!)

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We went out that night with our friends and family and celebrated not only my 25th birthday, but our engagement as well!!

Image 5 of How She Asked: Kelly and TanyaAfter all of this, Tanya told me that she had gone to Foxwoods on a Thursday to plan everything out with an Event Planner there a month prior. And that she wasn’t really “lost” she just had to stall a little bit because some people were running late. All in all, it was an amazing and thoughtful engagement. Every one who has been a part of our relationship was there that day- friends and family all took part. If you’re reading this, thank you for every thing you did to help and for being there on one of the most important days. And to my soon to be wife- thank you for being so amazing, thoughtful, kind- I couldn’t imagine my engagement any other way. You truly outdid yourself. I love you and can’t wait to be your Mrs.!