Lauren and Mateusz

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How We Met

Mateusz and I met in our freshman year 8 AM at University 8 years ago. He was the outgoing guy who talked to everyone and could have a conversation about anything. But little did I know, he always went out of his way to talk to me. Always wanted to be in my group, invited me to every party, and had any excuse to call me. He finally asked me out on our first date in Brooklyn, New York, and I fell in love with him. Everything went uphill from that point. 2 months into dating he wanted to jump on a flight and see the world with me. He was the first person to take me out of this country (let me crush his hand on 8-hour flights because I hate flying), show me the world, and introduce me to a new way of thinking about life. Mateusz always made an effort to see me, see my family, and make me feel so loved. Now we finally live together with our amazing puppy and IM ENGAGED!!! Sometimes I pinch myself just in case.

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How They Asked

Mateusz planned a birthday getaway to the Bahamas for me with some friends and I thought nothing of it. We haven’t traveled all year and I figured he wanted to cut loose for my birthday and get away from work and the city. I remember helping him pack and seeing nothing but T-shirts and bathing suits. Little did I know he had a suit hidden in a bag….. and a ring! We checked into our hotel and enjoyed the first few days on the beach and in the sun. But out of nowhere there was this surprise lunch planned by our friends Stefano and Bianca on 3/21/21.

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I wondered what it could be, but Mateusz played along and made it seem like he had no idea what was going on. That afternoon Mateusz walked me through the Versailles Gardens and led me to the beautiful French Cloisters Ruins. It felt like a slice of Europe on an Island. Once we got to the middle he stopped, turned around, and melted my heart. I always thought I would see it coming. But he got me soo good. I wish I could tell you what he said to me, but I blacked out. What I do know is, I’m so in love with this man and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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Special Thanks

Bianca Costa
 | Planning
Stefano Costa
 | Photographer