How We Met
Rob and I met after my best friend Vanessa saw him at a wedding last May and said “I have a girl for you.” We grew up in the same neighborhood with the same friends, and have probably crossed paths dozens of times before Memorial Day weekend last year when we went on our first date. We met in Coney Island and spent the night walking up and down the boardwalk talking for hours and wondering how we haven’t met sooner. We spoke about his life as an iron worker and mine as a dance teacher and we were truly interested and engulfed in the very different lives we both led.
We’ve spent the last year growing in love, not only for each other, but for our families and friends as well. I finally knew what everyone meant when they said “it happens fast… when you know, you know.” We both knew. We compliment each other’s strengths and support each other’s weaknesses. We’ve become so close through both the worst and best of times and I knew very early on that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this man.
how they asked
On July 24th, 2017, my sister KC asked me to go to the park with her to scout out a space to choreograph a concept video she’s been working on. This seemed totally normal to me, because KC is constantly thinking of outstanding and sometimes outlandish ideas for dances and I love helping her sort them out in her brilliant mind. When I walked onto the field of the park that I grew up in my entire life, music started playing from my favorite musical, “Hamilton”. Rob would always laugh and shake his head when he would come home and it would be blaring through the apartment, often accompanied by me rapping and singing every line.
Suddenly, my students came running on the field and started dancing to my favorite song from the show, “Helpless”. I watched in awe as all of mine and Rob’s family and friends started walking onto the field to join me watch this amazing flash-mob. The performance ended with Rob rapping Hamilton’s part in the song… and then getting down on one knee and proposing to me with my grandmother’s ring.
She passed away in December, and I am so grateful that she was able to meet the man that I will spend the rest of my life with. The significance of me wearing her ring fills my heart everyday and I could only hope to have a marriage as wonderful as her’s and my grandfather’s. I immediately said yes and spent the next hour hugging our families and friends while the sun set.