Jessica and Richard

How We Met

Richie and I first met in Boston during our freshmen year in pharmacy school at MCPHS University. We both lived on campus our first year on the fourth floor of the same dorm. It was not until the summer after our second year in college that we really got close. It all started when a group of our friends decided to take a biochemistry summer class together to get ahead. As the summer progressed, we began spending more time studying and hanging out together in Boston.

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After long days of studying, I would go home and destress from all the information I tried to learn by watching reruns of One Tree Hill (which is one of my all-time favorite TV series). One day, as I was leaving to go home to watch OTH, Richie mentioned he also watched the show when it came on tv but never finished watching the series. He claimed he loved the show as much as me, which we know is not true, and that we should watch the show together sometime. The next thing I know we were dating and finished the next four years of pharmacy school together. Fast forward seven years of dating, the love of my life and my best friend finally asked me to marry him.

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Jessica's Proposal in Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

How They Asked

It all started with a week-long vacation we had planned out for California. We planned on flying out of Boston and since he lives closer to Boston, we decided that I would meet up at his place. The day before our flight, both of us had the day off, so we decided to be tourists in Boston to kick off our vacation. The funny thing is that we lived in Boston for six years during pharmacy school, but we did not do everything we wanted to. So he sold me the idea of exploring Boston and that we should end the night with an early Valentine’s Day dinner. We had three main places we wanted to visit in Boston. They included afternoon tea at The Courtyard Restaurant inside the Boston Public Library, exploring Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and dinner at the Top of the Hub. Little did I know was that he was going to propose to me that day!

Our first stop was The Courtyard Restaurant inside the Boston Public Library. We had walked past the library countless times before but never took the time to look at the beautiful architecture or for afternoon tea. We relaxed and talked while sipping our hot tea and eating three tiers of savory tea sandwiches, petits fours, and tea scones. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our tea selection. He got the matcha tea while I got “The Cozy Copley” which is a traditional earl grey tea with hints of jasmine and vanilla. We ended up staying there for a few hours reminiscing about our years living in Boston, our previous Europe trip, the time we did afternoon tea in London, and the California trip we were about to go on. After we got the check, we explored the rooms and were amazed about the history in the Boston Public Library.

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Jessica and Richard's Engagement in Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Where to Propose in Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The next stop we had planned was the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. We took the MBTA green line from Copley to Longwood Medical Area stop which is by the pharmacy school we went to. Unlike afternoon tea, where it was only him and I, his siblings were going to meet us there at ISG Museum. Once we got there and met with his siblings, we walked around looking at the artwork that was there. In the middle of the museum, there is this beautiful courtyard garden filled with flowers, trees, and statues. His siblings insisted that this was the perfect place to take pictures. We must have taken so many photos in that spot and as I started walking away, he said that we should take one final photo.

As we were preparing to take another picture he started talking and the next thing I knew he was on one knee to ask me to marry him! I was so shocked at the moment that I forgot half the things he said. The one thing that stuck out was him quoting my favorite show of all time, One Tree Hill! It’s the part in the show where Lucas wins the championship and finds Peyton and says, “ When all my dreams come true, the one I want next to me it’s you.”

This, I will never forget him saying! I SAID YES and hugged him right away. The whole time he and his siblings knew what was going on. They took lots of pictures and congratulated us and went about their day because we had made dinner reservations. The proposal caught me off guard and I am shocked that he did it at a public place. Everything felt surreal and I could not believe that it had just happened.

Finally, the last stop was dinner at the Top of the Hub. Neither of us had ever eaten here and we were excited to go. He had contacted Top of the Hub beforehand to inform them that he was going to propose that day and going to celebrate it there. When we got there for our reservation, we got one of the best seats in the house by the window overlooking the city of Boston. We ordered a glass of rosé champagne and toasted to our engagement and the exciting adventures to come. Since he informed them ahead of time that we were celebrating our engagement, they brought out a Boston cream pie that had the Boston skyline on it with a candle and “Congratulations” written on the plate. The timing of everything was too perfect. We got there to see the city of Boston during the daytime, enjoyed our dinner while watching the sunset, and finished off the night eating dessert watching all the lights turn on in the city. It was truly a great dining experience.

The whole day was truly magical and he put so much thought into it! The best part of it was that he proposed in Boston, the city where we met and down the street from the school we graduated from. Also, this was only the beginning because we had a week vacation in California which consisted of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Disneyland. That itself was an adventure and we were able to celebrate the engagement the whole week. I do not remember when he got so romantic, but I am so happy that he did. I cannot wait to continue to build our lives together. I love you to the moon and back!

So there is a story behind the engagement ring he bought me as well. A while ago, I decided to go to multiple jewelry stores to get my finger sized so I could tell him what size I am. We had talked about getting engaged in the past, so I wanted him to be prepared for when the time came! While going from store to store, I saw countless amounts of rings, things that I liked and things that I did not like. In one of the jewelers I went to, I loved the ring so much that I had to try it on and I did not want to take it off afterward. The problem was that the ring was so expensive that I had to sadly put it down. Since I loved it so much, the sale associate wrote down the specifications of the ring for me anyways. So when I was finished going to all of the jewelers and got my finger sized I sent it to him. Unknowingly, when I sent him my finger size, I also sent him the specifications along with the store name. He ended up buying the exact engagement ring that I had fallen in love with. When he proposed to me, he made sure that my nails were done so I would be able to take pictures with it right away. It was absolutely perfect!