Sonam and Herman

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How We Met

We first met on Halloween 2015. I was dressed up as a witch and he was dressed up as Totoro, a Japanese cartoon I watched religiously as a child. He and his friend tied their tails together and ran through the dance floor, where I got caught in between. Who would’ve thought I would meet the man of my dreams in the middle of a crowded NYC bar dressed up as a witch and him wearing a onesie? He texted me the next day to ask me out on a date, and I remembered him as the Totoro onesie kid but I couldn’t remember his name. Then I had to ask the one question I’ve regretted most…..”What’s your name again?”. He’ll never let me forget that part about our ‘How we met’ story, but it definitely makes it a little funnier. The rest is history.

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how they asked

Fast forward a few years later, and he planned a proposal that absolutely blew my mind. He told me we were going to an engagement party at a local venue by the beach. He said by ready by 5:15 because we need to be on time, the party starts at 6. I kept thinking, “What kind of Indian people are ever on time for an event?”. He came to pick me up at exactly 5:15, opened the car door for me, gave me a kiss, and told me I looked beautiful. We started driving and he seemed nervous but I didn’t think anything of it. I just started making small talk and talking about the weather to lighten the mood. I thought to myself, “What is going on with this kid?”. Little did I know he was about to blow my mind.

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We kept driving and he said, “Let’s quickly go to the beach before, it’s so nice out and it’s on the way.” I figured it was probably a great idea because we were going to be the first people at this engagement party and we had some time to kill. We pulled up to Stehli Beach in Bayville, NY and I saw the proposal props from the car. I was speechless. He said, “Do you know what’s happening?”, and all I could get out was, “Oh my god…”.

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He walked hand in hand towards the water, and eventually, we made it to the beautiful set-up on the sand. There was a wooden arch, with flowers all around, and photos of all the memories we had made so far. There were flowers, petals, and champagne with flutes to celebrate this amazing proposal. It was truly breathtaking and so thoughtful….it was what any girl would dream of. He told me everything that he loved about our relationship, and how we both bring out the absolute best version of one another. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

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We popped the champagne and toasted to our future together, which we couldn’t be more excited about. Afterward, we had a photo shoot on the beach with the amazing photographer he had hired to capture the moment. For anyone that’s reading this and looking for a photographer in New York for their special occasion, Nimit Patel is AMAZING. We then went to have an intimate dinner at the local venue nearby where the fake engagement party was supposed to be with our close friends and family. The proposal was something I’ll remember forever, but more importantly, I can’t wait to start this next step of life with the most amazing man by my side.

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Special Thanks

Nimit Patel
 | Photographer