Pooja and Neil

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How We Met

We met in high school and quickly became close friends. After a lot of late-night Skype chats, Neil asked me to prom. Since we went to two different high schools, we went to both! We went our separate ways when I started undergrad at the University of North Carolina. Little did I know that Neil would be joining me the very next year. After re-establishing our friendship, we began dating at the end of college!

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How They Asked

I had moved to New York to start business school, and one of my close friends invited me to Valentine’s Day party. I was so excited to get dressed up after months of living in my sweatpants during the COVID lockdowns. When I arrived at the venue, the doorman escorted me to the roof, where I walked into a bed of rose petals lined with candles. The most romantic music was playing, and when I turned the corner, I saw Neil standing there and he said “I have a lot of explaining to do” in the sweetest way.

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He pulled out a letter and asked me to open it. It had my signature and I had dated it on his graduation day. He asked, “do you know what this letter is?” When he graduated from undergrad, I suggested that he write his future self a letter of all his goals and aspirations for the next few years. So, he did. Little did I know that he wrote two letters: the goals letter and a proposal letter. He had me sign the front of the proposal letter while I thought it was the goals letter.

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He read the letter aloud and we both laughed, cried, and felt every emotion that had taken place during the eight years we had known each other: from prom to proposal. And just like that he got on one knee and asked, “will you marry me?” and I said “yes.”

Special Thanks

Vlad Leto
 | Photographer
Tatiana Caicedo
 | Planning