Samantha and Rodrigo

how we met

Rodrigo and I met in the Summer of 2014, during our undergraduate studies at UC San Diego. Rodrigo’s roommate, Carlo, wanted me to meet Rodrigo and insisted we go on a double date with my friend, Tina. I personally am not one for double dates (I didn’t want any pressure), so I brought two of my best friends with me haha! We met at the Fogo de Chao (Brazilian steakhouse), and hit it off! I soon joined the Brazilian student club on campus (Rodrigo was the founder) and we spent the next 6 months hanging out at meetings and at the beach. I invited him to meet my big Lebanese family at my uncle’s birthday party. The belly dancer made Rodrigo dance in front of 300 friends and family members. He only knew a couple of people at the party haha. It was the cutest thing! We finished our undergraduate studies at UCSD and moved to Washington, DC together for graduate school at Georgetown University. I obtained my Master’s in Nursing, and Rodrigo is finishing his medical school training and is on his way to become an interventional cardiologist.

how they asked

During the Thanksgiving week of 2019, Rodrigo traveled a few days before me to California during his vacation break. My family lives in San Diego and we were planning on spending the holiday with them. I arrived on the day before Thanksgiving to a full house of family members. My cousins, aunts, and uncles were visiting from out of town (nothing unusual, they visit often!). BUT! On the morning of Thanksgiving day, I knew something was off because all my family members were insisting that I get dressed for Thanksgiving meal before I was even finished cooking, which we usually do in our pajamas. In the middle of all the confusion, Rodrigo asked to go for “drive” around the neighborhood. He took me to the cliffs in La Jolla with an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. This place was special to us because we had one of our first dates there, and would go often during undergrad. I followed a trail of rose petals to a spot at which I could see many family members watching and taking pictures – they had been hiding behind some bushes! He began talking about his feelings for me, and his plans to share our futures together. He fell to his knee and asked me to be his wife! The boy did good :)

Special Thanks

Torrey Pines State Beach
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Lodge at Torrey Pines
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