how we met
We met in college at La Salle University in Philadelphia. My sorority rented his off campus house for an event and I noticed he was wearing Xavier High School basketball shorts. I introduced myself since I had a few friends who went there from home. We made all the connections and became friends (yup just friends). After college we would reach out to each other here and there since we are both native New Yorkers. It took some secret crushing, facebooking, texting and a few years but we finally got together with friends. We had a great night out in Manhattan with the group and before it ended I somewhat attacked him with a kiss. He claims he didn’t see it coming, but I am so thankful I made that first move! We started dating after that and now he’s stuck with me!
how they asked
Joe and I live in Astoria, Queens which we love but some times we like to get out of the city. We went up to New Paltz for a weekend to celebrate my birthday two years ago, I loved it so much I wanted to celebrate the big day there again! He planned the whole weekend.
We started the day with a hike at Minnewaska State Park. After checking in to our wonderful Bed & Breakfast we headed to Whitecliff Winery. This was our second time at this particular winery and we knew we wanted to go again this visit to New Paltz. It was a little crowded so after a quick tasting we secured a spot and dove into our wine and cheese. Joe asked if we could take a walk and I knew I wanted a picture of us with the view in the background so I was all about it!
We finally found the right spot and Joe started to tell me how our trip to New Paltz was so special the first time and we had to make this one even more special. He took out the ring and I started to cry, he then got on one knee and popped the question.
We had some cheers from some bystanders but most importantly I met Leyla. She was hiding out photographing the whole thing! My next surprise was that our parents were driving up from Queens and the Bronx to meet us for dinner! I’d say Joe did an amazing job, and I’m one lucky lady.