Jenna and Michael

How We Met

Mike and I first met the weekend before we started our Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Our new classmates had decided to meet up at Funky Buddha Brewery to get to know each other before classes started. Upon meeting him, I immediately texted my best friends (and now bridesmaids!) that I had just met the hottest guy. Once classes started we became friends and frequently studied together. I was pretty convinced that was how it would stay. However, towards the end of our first summer, Mike invited me to go to the beach with him. Our class frequently had beach days when we weren’t studying so, not catching the hint, I asked who else I should invite which made him think I wasn’t interested! It ended up being the most perfect day and the beginning of my dream come true.

How They Asked

On February 26th, we got on an overnight flight to Barcelona to begin our 10-week adventure living in Europe! Our final clinical of physical therapy school was going to be 8 weeks in the Italian countryside and we had decided to do a little traveling beforehand, starting in Barcelona and ending up in Umbertide, Italy.

Mike first began acting strangely in the airport as he kept taking everything out of his backpack and putting it back in. I thought he was just nervous about forgetting things as this was his first trip abroad. He was actually double-checking that the ring was still in its spot! Upon arriving in Barcelona, we immediately got lost with two large suitcases and two large hiking backpacks. We had to walk a mile uphill to find our AirBnB and needless to say, I was a little crabby and overtired at this point.

However, Mike insisted that we start sightseeing. We ended up taking a taxi to Parc del Laberint d’Horta which is a beautiful park with a labyrinth and in the very middle of it is a statue of Eros, the Greek God of Love. Once we reached the middle, Mike told me he wanted to get a picture of us and sneakily told the other couple in the middle of the maze he was going to propose! He then got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him. I couldn’t have been more excited to say yes to my best friend! We then were able to spend the next 10 weeks celebrating as we traveled throughout Europe!