Nina Marie and Christian

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How We Met

Christian and I met through a mutual friend in October of 2015. Though we continued to run into one another at the Jersey Shore the following summer, it wasn’t until the end of summer that Christian made the first move and asked me out to dinner. Christian was unlike any other guy I had dated before. He was consistent, reliable, and transparent, not to mention incredibly handsome, smart, and career-driven; but there’s a lot of truth in the saying, ‘timing is everything,’ and for me, it just wasn’t the right time.

Despite the timing being off, we remained friends and continued to stay in touch. It wasn’t until New Year’s Eve when I thought about 2017 and what the year ahead would bring that I realized I really wanted Christian to be a part of my life. Luckily for me, he reached out on New Year’s Eve and I knew this time around if I wanted Christian in my life, I had to make the first move. We started over and went on our first “real date” on January 15, 2017, and the rest was history.

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How They Asked

Christian is notorious for his grand gestures and known for planning well in advance, so it didn’t come as a surprise to me when he wanted to celebrate my birthday a “few months earlier than normal” with a sunset, dinner cruise along the Hudson River in New York City.

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Once we arrived at Chelsea Piers, I excitedly looked for the cruise ship that we would be dining on but was completely and utterly shocked when our dinner cruise was actually a private boat with a “happy birthday” sign, champagne, a waiter, and a captain. As we sailed away during sunset, the captain encouraged us to walk along the boat to take in the view of lower Manhattan. Once we approached the front of the boat, Christian got on one knee, smiled from ear to ear, and popped the question. In the exact moment, a ship passed by and a crowd cheered us on and clapped. Our waiter was really a photographer in disguise and was able to capture the entire proposal.

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New York will forever hold a very special place in our hearts. Not only New York the best city in the world, but it is where we grew to love one another, where we got our dream jobs, where we moved in together, where our favorite memories are, and now, where Christian proposed.

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Special Thanks

Captain Mike
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