Nicole and Ben
How We Met
Ben and I met at a Memorial Day party our sophomore year at Northeastern University in Boston after two years of crossing paths. Ben was hosting the party at his house. As soon as I arrived, Ben took me on a tour of his house and our connection was instantaneous. As the night progressed, the temperature dropped outside and Ben brought out sweatshirts for all the girls, and I thought it was the sweetest thing any 20 year old boy has ever done. He stole my heart in that moment and I knew he was the one, but little did I know, Ben had a crush on me too. We started hanging out and on the Fourth of July, Ben stole a kiss.
We’ve been attached by the hip for six years ever since. Together, we’ve become a dynamic duo and are constantly encouraging each other to be the best version of ourselves. By senior year of college, I was named Captain of the Northeastern University Dance Team and Ben won the title of Mayor of Huntington Avenue at Northeastern University. In 2017, I became a Celtics Dancer and for two years, Ben was my number one cheerleader, attending countless games, staying up late for me with dinner ready and even spending two Christmas with me as I danced at the TD Garden and he worked on his Masters. Since then, we’ve traveled the world together and he’s the best friend and supporter I could’ve ever imagined!
How They Asked
Ben and I were spending Thanksgiving with my family and his mom at my childhood home in Connecticut. My parents plan to sell our house later this year, so it was our last holiday together in the house. As our family settled in my living room for appetizers and happy hour, Ben started handing out cards to every person in the room. He said that since we didn’t know where we would be spending our Christmas, he wanted to give everyone a special present. Ben came and sat down next to me and handed me one last card – on the cover, it had a wedding dress and a tuxedo and on the inside, he wrote his marriage proposal to me.
Before I read a sentence of the card, I started crying and he knelt down in front of me. “Will you marry me?” he said, and I blacked out. We hugged and kissed and I never even said yes! My Dad yelled “is that a yes?!” over the applause and in a state of shock, I said, “I think so!!” My ring is a family heirloom – it was my Grandmother’s ring, who passed away when I was 12, and what makes the ring even more special is that our anniversary is on her birthday. It was so meaningful to be with our families and the people we love the most, and I’m so honored to be his fiancee! As soon as we returned to Boston, we shot engagement photos in the flurries, a truly magical way to start the rest of forever.