How We Met
We technically met in the spring of 2013 at Rider University in a marketing class. We didn’t really speak then because we were both too shy to go up to the other. But. during the summertime, we both lived on campus and ultimately ran into each other at the gym and began talking and eventually became friends. From that moment on, we developed a strong friendship through our time at Rider and following graduation in 2015. After graduation, friendship inevitably blossomed into a relationship.
Our first real date as being in a relationship was at a nearby tavern for dinner. It was very awkward because we had been such good friends for so long that this was new territory for us. Even though it was a little awkward at first, it felt right. The night was full of many laughs and reminiscing on our friendship.
Marie: “I knew Nick was the one when my mom kept asking about him. There was a brief period in time where Nick and I took a short hiatus when I was working in NYC and my mom kept asking when Nick would come around. When I said we were on a break, she said she knew he would be back. I think that was the moment for me because my mom was the first to wave my ex-boyfriend to the curb when I went through a breakup, but she really liked him and kept the faith going. Moms do know best!”
Nick: “I knew Marie was the one when I first kissed her. After years of being her friend, a best friend even, I was scared out of mind to make that move because I knew there was no going back to a friendship if it didn’t work out. But when I kissed her, I felt so right and I knew immediately that this was going to work.”
How They Asked
From Nick, the groom: My plan was to propose to Marie in Disney World. She was going to Disney with her family in August 2020 and I told her I couldn’t go but really was planning to fly down there and surprise her. I had it all planned out with her family, they would be in the Magic Kingdom and taking a picture in front of the Cinderella Castle when I would come from behind and propose. Unfortunately, COVID happened and Disney World shut down. We were hopeful as the weeks got closer than it could still happen, but by mid-July, they ultimately canceled their trip and I had to as well.
But, with my sister’s help, we quickly set up a plan B, bringing Disney World to us. On the same day that I had planned to propose to Marie in front of the Cinderella Castle, I instead brought her to my parents’ house. When we pulled up to their house, I began by playing the Monorail safety clip and gave her a Disney magic band to wear. We walked up the driveway to my brother-in-law, who acted as security and checked our bags.
From behind the car came Marie’s brother, who acted as a cast member to check our magic bands. With her beginning to become suspicious, we finally entered the backyard, which was set up with tables representing different buildings in Main Street USA with snacks, signs and Disney stuffed characters. All of this led to a huge 20×20 foot backdrop of the Cinderella Castle. It was in front of the Cinderella Castle, as was always the plan, where I got on a knee and proposed.