Victoria and Justin
How We Met
Justin and I met in 2010 at the YMCA, where we both worked in a childcare program. We worked in the same classroom together, as counselors. Justin is one of the only people in my life I remember exactly what he was wearing, and where we were standing the day we met. It was that moment, our friendship began. Over the course of the school year, we spent time getting to know one another by telling stories, and making connections to things we both enjoyed in our lives. We both loved the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S, and appreciated how much we quoted the show in real life conversations. He continuously made me laugh, and even more than that he was a good friend, a good listener. Even then, he was always there to listen to me, and give me advice.
He always had my best interests at heart, and would never steer me wrong. When the school year eventually came to an end, we parted ways for a couple of years, but we always made it a point to maintain our friendship over the phone. In 2012, I remember the moment I saw Justin walk back into the YMCA (where I was still working at the time). When I saw him, I was so happy that my friend was back in the same town as me. I ran to him and gave him the biggest hug, and just cried in his arms. From this moment, our friendship was stronger than ever. Here is where our journey truly began. Our friendship grew deeper than it ever had before. We became more open with one another, more honest, and more vulnerable. In January 2013, Justin told me he had feelings for me. I never looked or thought about him that way. One of the hardest things in my life was to tell one of my best friends that I didn’t feel the same way about him.
There was so much risk in destroying our friendship, but I had to be honest. In the end our friendship prevailed. We continued to hang out as if nothing ever happened. A couple months later Justin once again told me that he had feelings for me. He told me “that I was getting my self involved with guys who don’t treat me the way I deserve to be treated” and that “If I let him he would treat me the way I deserve to be treated.” Taken back by this I was still reluctant to ruin our friendship. It was then, that my sister, Justine gave me the best advice. I asked her, “What if it doesn’t work out?” My sister simply responded, “What if it does”? From then, I allowed my heart to lead me into my future. He likes to tell people, “How he got out of the friend zone”. We strongly believe to this day that our friendship help build a solid foundation for our relationship. It was such a natural progression to fall in love with my best friend.
how they asked
On March 10, 2017 I woke up like it was any other Friday. I went to work, came home, sat on my couch, ate some popcorn, and watched some T.V. We were going out for our friend’s birthday in Long Island City. I told Justin to meet us there, since he works in the area. My friends picked me up, and we drove in together to meet at a restaurant at the Ravel Hotel. Driving in was normal, we laughed, and we talked. I didn’t think anything of it. When we got to the hotel, we stepped into the elevator, and went to the rooftop.
When those elevator doors opened, I never imagined my life was about to change forever. As we stepped out of the elevator, my friend told me that I would be going in a different direction. As I looked out the door, onto the rooftop overlooking Manhattan, my eyes slowly observed what was happening outside. I saw rose peddles on the ground, lanterns, and the love of my life standing outside, looking more handsome than ever. I began to shake; I knew what was about to happen. I was so nervous; I couldn’t even open the door to get to him. The woman who worked at the restaurant helped me to open the door, and I walked outside to Justin. I froze in shock, and he slowly pulled me over, where he bent down on one knee.
Justin spoke the most beautiful words I had ever heard in my life. He then asked me the easiest question I’ve ever answered, “Victoria Lynn, will you marry me?” With tears in my eyes, and my heart full of love, I answered, “Yes.”
The surprises continued when our friends and family ran out to greet us! I can’t help but to replay this memory in my mind over and over again.
Each time, my heart filled with more love. It was the most amazing night of my life, thus far.