Katrina and Jonathan

Katrina and Jonathan's Engagement in Central Park, New York

How We Met

Jonathan and I first laid eyes on each other in the hallways of our High School. It was our sophomore year, and we were both only 16 years old. He was a baseball player and I was a dancer. The first words he ever said to me was through a Facebook message on August 10, 2010, saying, “your really pretty I wish we talk more and hang out more.” Exactly three months later we were saying I love you to each other. It took two years, May 6, 2012, for Jonathan to finally get the courage to ask me to be his girlfriend as we were walking to his car after dinner at Cheesecake Factory. No, our relationship was not perfect in the beginning. I mean we were teenagers trying to get to know each other while still figuring out who we were as individuals. We had a few bumpy roads, but in the end getting through those obstacles only made our love stronger. We matured, became adults, and experienced many milestones together. Every day we learn more about each other and teach each other things we never knew about ourselves. What I love most about us is that we talk about future goals as a couple but not forgetting about our own dreams. We are each other’s biggest support system. He is now a MiLB player for the Washington Nationals and I am a Physician Assistant student at Florida International University. We are continuing to pursue our individual goals, yet, still have the same end goal….to have an everlasting love and grow old together.

How They Asked

Jonathan and I always spoke about getting married one day, but we decided to wait until we were both a little more settled in our careers. However, every day I hoped he would pop the question. Funny thing, I ended up planning my own engagement destination without even knowing! Here is how it all happened…I decided, very last minute, to surprise my sister and Jonathan with tickets to a concert in New York for their birthdays. My parents and his family decided to tag along and make it our first family vacation together. Little did I know, Jonathan had already been trying to figure out how he was going to propose. After surprising him with the flight to NY, I basically gave him the perfect opportunity to surprise me with what would be the best day of my life. On Sunday, December 9, 2018, we were walking through Central Park when Jonathan took me to the only spot where The Lake was not frozen over. He got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. At that moment, my life was forever changed and he was finally my fiancé. What made it even more special was that our families were there to witness a moment I will never forget.

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Special Thanks

Krystal Menendez
 | Photographer
Krystal Menendez
 | Planning
Jocelyn Quintana
 | Planning