How We Met
Michael and I knew each other’s families since we were kids because my mom was his mom’s hairstylist and his mom was my mom’s interior decorator! One night while scrolling through Snapchat stories, I saw Michael had posted a video of him and his mom on a carriage ride in Boston. I was so excited to see her, so I replied to his story with something along the lines of “OMG I love your mom!” He told his mom and sent her reply back. I don’t remember how the rest of the conversation went that night, but I remember the conversation flowing. It was comfortable and effortless, so we spoke again the next day and the day after that. Eventually, he asked me out on a date and we went to dinner at a restaurant called Water Street in New Jersey. I was so nervous, but we had such a great time! I remember mentioning never having seen a broadway show on our first date and he took me to see The Lion King on Broadway in New York City for my birthday which was especially sweet because his parents had gone to see a Broadway show for their first big date.
How They Asked
On March 14, 2020, I thought I was going to dinner with friends at Grill 350 in The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Instead, I walked into a candlelit room full of red rose petals. As soon as I walked in, I heard “Can You FeelTheLove Tonight” being sung live by two incredible singers! It felt movie-like because our first big date was to New York City to see the lion King on Broadway. I immediately hugged him! It was a day we were both looking forward to, the beginning of forever. He got down on one knee and asked me for my hand, and of course, I said “Yes!” Then it was surprise after surprise! Our parents walked in and I was in complete shock because I had no idea they were there! We took some pictures and he leads me into a different room full of our closest family and friends. It was surreal! New Jersey shut down due to COVID two days later, so I was especially glad we were able to share this moment with them.
Then on May 27, 2020, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, although I had no family history of breast cancer, nor carry any genetic mutation. My double mastectomy was on June 15th and I was so glad to have my supportive fiance with me through this as well as our wedding to plan and keep my mind busy.
I’m happy and grateful to have this second chance at life and to be able to marry the love of my life who has been nothing but loving and supportive!