Lisa and Joe

How We Met

Joe and I spent 3 years under the same roof working at Boston Children’s Hospital before we actually crossed paths. After years of dating gone wrong and heartbreak, I was ready to give up. I deleted dating apps and surrendered to the idea that maybe I just wasn’t going to find my match. At times though, particularly times while I was at work, I was flooded with feelings of hope telling me that my destiny was not to be alone. After a few fateful encounters in the Starbucks line where I was too shy to get up the courage to say hi to the handsome security officer, I finally got the push to say hello on March 26th, 2018 as Joe walked by my office. We began chatting and the rest was history. We had our first date at Dillon’s on April 3rd, 2018 and haven’t looked back since. Joe has made me the happiest I’ve ever been, and my only regret is that we spent 3 years in the same building without meeting sooner.

How They Asked

A proposal of pandemic proportions: on Friday evening April 17th, Joe got home from work. I had just woken up from a nap and luckily was in the bedroom when he got home. He was acting a little weird and told me he was going to shower and then had to “set something up” and I had to stay in the bedroom. I immediately began panicking and texting one of my best friends. I was convinced he would not propose in quarantine during this COVID pandemic while at the same time thinking to myself that there was a chance he would and I was about to get engaged in sweatpants without my nails done! Still, none of it mattered. I stayed there quietly hopeful and excited all while trying not to get my hopes up.

Where to Propose in Right in our own home in Boston, MA!

Proposal Ideas Right in our own home in Boston, MA!

Joe came into the bedroom and told me he was finished setting up and asked me to come with him. He walked me out into our apartment and told me I had to pick which country I wanted to go to. He took me to France, Greece, Spain, and Italy all with beautiful posters he hung up around our home. I picked Italy and before I could even realize what was happening, he was down on one knee.

I didn’t even look at the ring! I forget most of what he said but by his recount- he told me that this wasn’t how he planned to proposal, but in a time of such uncertainty, he was certain he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He told me although we couldn’t go anywhere else in the world he wanted to bring the world to me, and then we got engaged “in Italy!” Through some tears, he finally managed to ask me to marry him and I blubbered back “of course!”

It was never the way we expected to get engaged, but now that this is our story, I wouldn’t change it for the world. We were ecstatic to call our friends and family and spent the night celebrating with them on FaceTime and drinking champagne!