Samantha and Travis's Times Square Marriage Proposal
How We Met
For five years Samantha and I had been Facebook friends even though we had never met. I knew of her because I met her brother a few years prior through mutual friends. He and I weren’t very close, but we knew all the same people and whenever we would run into each other we always had a great time. I had a feeling Samantha was a great person because her brother seemed to be a sincerely good person with a great group of friends. Aside from the flirtatious “liking” of new posts and pictures on Facebook Samantha and I were still “strangers” for years. I never had the courage to reach out to her with the fear that she would assume I was strange for messaging her out of the blue. I wouldn’t have thought in million years that Samantha had a crush on me too. There were so many times that I almost sent her a message, but I was so intimidated by how beautiful she was that I always backed out.
One day when I was looking at her profile I realized Samantha had moved to Australia and I thought that I would never meet her. Almost two years later I noticed that she moved back home to New York. I was nearing the end of my first deployment in the Navy when I finally decided to talk to her. On May, 30th I arrived in Greece, and after a few glasses of liquid courage I finally pulled up her profile to message her and wrote, “Hey, this may come off as strange since we’ve never really spoken, but I just wanted to tell you that I think you are incredibly beautiful.” I was shocked and elated when she responded, and for the last two months of my deployment we spoke for hours at a time every single night. During those eight weeks we came to know everything about each other, and realized so many coincidences between our lives and families. On July 28th I arrived back in New York and that was the day we finally met face to face for our very first date. I thought I loved her before we met, but after meeting her I knew that she was the one. We had such a strong connection immediately and it was unlike anything we had ever experienced. I am currently stationed in Virginia and Samantha still lives in New York, but we see each other as often as we can. Some weekends I travel back to New York to be with her, and other weekends she travels to Virginia to be with me. It wasn’t long before we both knew that we would be spending the rest of our lives together.
how they asked
I wanted to make the proposal the most memorable and special night of both of our lives. On our third date, Samantha and I met “Clerks” filmmaker, Kevin Smith, after seeing him perform live. The night was nothing short of astounding, and after leaving the comedy club we went for a stroll in Times Square. We were then approached by a photographer who told us that he took a few pictures of us and he would love to take more. He captured some stunning and breathtaking photos and I had him in my mind when I was planning the proposal.
I decided that I wanted to combine our first three dates into a remarkable evening ending with the big question. I reached out to the photographer, Arken Avan, who took the photos of us on our third date and he seemed truly excited to capture the moment when I pop the question. I intended on going to the sensational Italian restaurant that we shared our first meal together on the night we met. After that I wanted to go to the comedy club where we laughed into the night on our second date. For the grand finale I wanted to take another stroll with the love of my life in Times Square where I would be getting down on one knee. Although we had lost track of time and realized we would not make it to the comedy club in time if we ate at the restaurant I wanted to go to, Samantha had the idea to eat at the restaurant on the main level of the comedy club which was located in the basement. When we arrived the setting was extremely romantic with very dimmed lighting and candles illuminating every table. After eating we were seated in the first row right in front of the microphone which was a little nerve racking at first, but almost made us both feel like we were a part of the show. Everything was going amazingly and I was just hoping that I could keep it together for a little while longer without revealing my nerves. As the stand up show ended I told Samantha that I wanted to meet up with some friends for a drink in Times Square and she was excited. I was being as sneaky as possible while texting the photographer that we were on our way. We finally arrived and I tried to nonchalantly point out the photographer to her. I said something along the lines of, “Hey look. It’s the photographer that took those pictures of us on our third date. We should take some more pictures now since we both look nice and it’s a funny coincidence bumping into him.” Whether she realized what was happening or not Arken played it very smoothly when I approached him. He acted like he didn’t even remember us and then he agreed to snap some photos of us.
After taking many different poses and pictures, I finally told her that I needed to ask her something. I got down on one knee in front of thousands of people on a late Saturday night in Times Square and said, “Samantha, I love you more than anything in the world. After only a few dates I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you, and I can’t imagine growing old without you in my life. Will you marry me?” She started to cry and finally whispered yes.
As we embraced each other in our arms, everyone proceeded to yell, “What did she say?!” Samantha then noticed what seemed to be ten thousand people focused on us and that was when she screamed out, “I said yes!”
Although the night did not go exactly according to plan, it was absolutely perfect and I could not have asked for a more special or unforgettable moment. Samantha is as smart as she as silly, beautiful as she is humble, funny as she thoughtful, caring as she is sarcastic, and the moment that she agreed to marry me made me the luckiest man in the world.