Macaila and Samy

how we met

We met at the University of Michigan. Macaila was a senior in Undergrad and Samy was in his second year of dental school. Macaila’s house was hosting a BBQ to kick off the summer before she moved to Chicago to start her new job and her friend in dental school asked to bring some of her classmates. Samy was one of those friends. We had so much fun and became fast friends. Macaila moved to Chicago but they stayed in touch because of mutual friend get-togethers. After about a year, we ran into each other at the airport at 5am both headed out for spring break vacations. Samy was so chatty at 5am and continued to text her all week while they were both on vacation. Not too long after that, all of our friends met up in Chicago for St. Patty’s day and he asked Macaila out on their first date. We’ve been together ever since!

how they asked

It was a HUGE surprise! Macaila is the planner, but Samy really pulled this off without a hitch and she had no clue. They were traveling to Europe last October. The plan was to hike the beautiful Cinque Terre coast line and stay in one of the villages for the night. At the first stop, Samy let Macaila know that they were not actually hiking. He had reserved a private boat to take them from village to village. He then was notified that the boat trip was cancelled due to high winds. After some discussion and a sudden calm in the weather, we were able to get on a speedboat. Macaila thought the boat was such a fun surprise and so sweet Samy planned something special for their trip! Once on the boat during sunset, the driver pulled from the dock and suggested this was a perfect spot for a “photo.” Samy fidgeted in his bag for the camera and Macaila asked “what are you doing?” Samy turned around with a huge smile on his face and said “I’m doing it! I’m proposing!” He then proposed during sunset in front of our favorite village, Manarola. Our captain captured every wonderful moment. They popped champagne and enjoyed a sunset boat ride to the other Cinque Terre villages. It was absolutely gorgeous and the most beautiful way to see each village. How could it be any more perfect? Celebrating the rest of the week in Tuscany.

Special Thanks

University of Michigan Arboretum | 
Location