How We Met
We met on the dance floor in Newton, MA in 2003 when we were 15 years old and competitive Latin ballroom dancers. Sasha was the better dancer! By 2006, both of us had left the Newton area. Sasha headed to UMass Amherst to study neuroscience, where he kept dancing for some time. Lyusha headed to Washington, DC, where she promptly quit dancing and pursued the bends and twirls of Arabic instead. Throughout the next 7 years, Sasha got his degree, worked in research and biotech, and became a behavioral therapist. Lyusha moved to Egypt and then Cyprus, translated poetry, and quietly acquired four vicious dumpster cats. In 2013, when Lyusha started business school, Sasha spontaneously answered a roommate ad and moved in with Lyusha’s childhood friend. When Lyusha came to visit from the forests of New Hampshire, she was surprised to find Sasha among her closest group of friends. She noted he’d done an excellent job growing up. When Lyusha finally moved back to Boston in 2017, there was Sasha. What ensued for the next couple of months was a jittery, high school-style crush wherein Lyusha grew uncharacteristically shy. She told her chattiest friends that she had a crush on Sasha in hopes that they would tip him off, but they sadly kept her confidence. It took about two months, but Sasha finally got the hint!
Our third date ended up being a 5-day trip to Cartagena, Colombia because we’d been invited to the same wedding. One evening, Lyusha was out with friends, and the chain on her purse snapped. The next morning, Lyusha woke up and went to get coffee. Without asking Sasha, she ordered him his usual double espresso. When she came back to the villa, there was a stunning moment where she handed Sasha the coffee he didn’t need to ask for, and he handed her the fixed purse she hadn’t asked him to mend. We knew then.
How They Asked
We knew very early that we were going to get married but had talked about waiting at least a year. Sasha had other plans! Ten months in, we took a week off to stay at Lyusha’s parents’ house in Falmouth, MA. He secretly had Lyusha’s parents bring a beautiful wicker picnic basket to the house. On the day of the proposal, he asked Lyusha to wait for him on the dock in front of the house. When she got there and saw the table already set up, she realized what was happening. Sasha came out minutes later with the basket, filled with wine and cheese. He opened it and hanging off a beautiful silver cork was the ring! We’re getting married on that very in 2019!After trying on a couple of diamonds, Lyusha knew she didn’t want one. They weren’t colorful enough! Sasha ended up finding a 70-year-old ring with a ruby, sapphire, and emerald, set in tiny playful diamonds and 24 ct. gold. Lyusha hasn’t worn any other jewelry since!