Victoria and Stephen

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How We Met

We have actually had several chances to meet. Stephen and I were raised in the same town and we went to the same middle school and high school. We even had mutual friends, but we never met! A couple of days before Thanksgiving and also right around my birthday, I was planning to go to a Tyler the Creator concert with a mutual friend. We would have gone with the same group, but I had a last-minute conflict and couldn’t make it. Fate finally put us together and we met on … TINDER! We both love sneakers and Stephen’s first message to me was about how we both we wearing the same Nike Air Max 97 Silver Bullets in our individual pictures. He asked me out for dinner after work one night and almost 5 years later, we’re engaged!

How They Asked

Since we started dating 5 years ago, the best memories we’ve had with one another have been traveling. We were planning a trip to Italy right before COVID hit and unfortunately could not travel there anymore due to lockdowns. Once things lightened up, we started up our planning and decided to road trip around Italy (Venice, Lake Como, Milan, Florence, Naples, Positano, and Rome). I’m usually the one to plan our trips with a full itinerary each day and when Stephen (my fiance) said he wanted to plan Lake Como and Naples, I had a suspicion.

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Especially when he told me to pack a fancy dress for a formal dinner one night. He booked a stay at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo and we had the most amazing day relaxing by the dock on the lake. A water taxi picked us up and instead of dinner, we ended up at Villa del Balbianello, where they filmed scenes of Star Wars Ep II and Casino Royale! I heard a harp start playing a rendition of our favorite Tame Impala song and he proposed at the top of the Villa surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful archways. Our photographer also had a drone where we got some amazing shots on the boat back to the hotel. We had a romantic and intimate dinner to celebrate!

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Special Thanks

Valentina Mameli
 | Photographer
Maria Moltoni
 | Planning