Magdalena and Aaron
How We Met
To some extent, the way Magdalena and I was pure happenstance. We were both were (are) working full-time, her as a Pediatric Resident Physician, while I worked in Law Enforcement. Naturally, neither of us had much free time to go out and meet people and often found ourselves working hectic crazy schedules at all hours of the day.
So we did what just about everyone else does now, made profiles on Match.com. Obviously, I had to message her first and admittedly, she waited a few days before answering me. We messaged back and forth a good bit and then started texting. The irony is that at the time, Magdalena lived just about a mile down the street from me off the same road I live off of. To make it even crazier, the hospital Magdalena works at is quite literally across the street from the Police Department. So that same week we were texting, I asked her out for dinner and drinks (The photo above) and the rest is history I guess. We hit it off immediately, both finding so many common passions and a thirst for travel and adventure that we’ve been inseparable ever since.
How They Asked
Now comes the fun part, it was October 26th, 2018. I was scheduled to work a permanent night shift on a Thursday night from 11 PM until 7 AM and would then head home to start my weekend off. Magdalena had to be at work early that Friday morning and we would literally pass each other somewhere on the road to and from work.
What she didn’t know, is that instead of heading off to work, I actually went to my parent’s house and crashed for the night (I knew that I would need my sleep the following day). So Friday morning comes around and I tell Magdalena that I picked up a road-job (Off-duty) work that would last several hours. This was a pretty common occurrence and didn’t raise any suspicions. Meanwhile, after she headed off to work, I headed back to our house and packed up several of her outfits, makeup etc., along with my suit and RING for the day’s adventure.
As lunchtime rolled around, I headed to NYC and checked into the High Line Hotel. From there, I gathered a bouquet of flowers, got dressed in my suit and obviously made sure I had the ring safely secured in my pocket. I headed to a nearby heliport at West 30th Street where I was joined by my photographer (Jovana). There, the two of us boarded a helicopter I had chartered from Liberty Helicopters and set off down the Hudson River.
While all this was going on, the rest of my plan was walking into the place. Magdalena’s assignment on that Friday was to staff a Pediatric Outpatient Clinic – a rather casual day of medicine for her that should have let her out around 4 PM. Working with several of her colleagues (Also Pedi Resident Physicians), we conjured up a story where one of them would have an emergency and have to go home, essentially forcing Magdalena to cover for her. Being the good sport that she is, Magdalena agreed to cover the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) until the friend returned. Of course in this assignment, the Residents are normally permitted to wear scrubs etc., but I knew that she would still be dressed up from the clinic … all part of the plan.
Shortly after arriving in the PICU, the next part of the plan took place. Working with some excellent members of the hospital administration, we fabricated a Pediatric Trauma call whereby a pediatric patient was being “flown” to the hospital. While a serious occurrence, Magdalena’s hospital is a regional trauma center and these things, unfortunately, do happen. So, after receiving the trauma alert via pager, she headed down to the Trauma Unit only to learn that the “Patient” had not arrived yet and the helicopter was still inbound. So, Magdalena and the whole trauma team headed up to the helipad to wait for the helicopter to land on the roof of the adjacent parking garage.
Obviously you can see where this is going, our chartered helicopter set down on the helipad and much to Magdalena’s surprise, there was no patient, but instead, I was positioned there, all dressed up and ready to get down on one knee. The proposal was absolutely magical. After she said yes, I had several good friends and fellow volunteer Fireman standing by on the other parking garage who then dropped a large banner that read “She said YES!” to only further add to the moment.
After regaining our composure and taking some photographs, we set off back on the helicopter to spend the weekend in New York City at the High Line Hotel and a dinner at her favorite restaurant Tartine.
Everyone involved from start to finish was absolutely wonderful from her fellow residents, the hospital administration, the helicopter charter company; from the moment they heard the story they were onboard and helped pull off a perfect proposal.