Alisa and John

Alisa and John's Engagement in Long Beach, NY

How We Met

John and I met five and a half years ago. We met at a college party. I was just graduating high school and he was the cool college guy. Myself and my girlfriend were sitting down at a table playing “Kings” when him and his friend sat down with the group. Someone chose an accent rule in the game where everyone playing had to speak in an accent. That being, John decided to speak in a fantastic Australian accent since he just got back from studying abroad there. Obviously completely charming to me! We had a great time and the four of us played games and chatted the rest of the night. The two guys decided to walk myself and my girlfriend home.

John and I walked together the whole time. It was about an hour walk. We clicked instantaneously! We literally talked the entire walk home about everything and anything. I felt so comfortable with him; he was so easy to talk to. When we finally got into town the four of us decided to go to the Diner before heading straight to drop us off. We had a great time! Joking around and getting to know each other. It was then that he asked me for my number. I gave it to him and like two gentlemen they walked us home. A few days later he called me and asked me out on our first date. And that’s where it all started!

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How He Asked

It was a Friday morning. I woke up and got ready for work. I got in my car and went to go call him as I always do in the morning on the way to work but he didn’t answer. To my surprise, when I looked in my rear-view mirror he was standing there handsomely with a big smile on his face. I jumped out of the car to ask him what he was doing. He told me that it was the 28th and he got me off from work to celebrate. The 28th is always a day we celebrate being that we met on the 28th. He told me we were going to go to brunch at The Allegria on the boardwalk in Long Beach. Brunch is a normal thing we do so I didn’t think anything of it I was just so excited that we had the day off of work together and we were going to celebrate the 28th! Before we left for the beach he mentioned that we should go for a walk on the beach before brunch and catch 11:11 so that I could make a wish because I haven’t caught it to take a wish in a while.

We got to the beach and started our walk. We were literally the only two people on the beach. It was so peaceful. It was a little chilly so i was hugging him and nuzzled up in his arms while we were waiting for 11:11 to come. At 11:11 exactly he told me to make a wish. My normal routine is to close my eyes and cover my face while I make my wish. When I opened them he was on his knee asking me to marry him. Truly the best day of my life!

Our Video

This video was started at 11:11AM on 10/28/16 - John Zervas told me to make a wish on 11:11 and when I opened my eyes he was on one knee! This is the whole video from the second he dropped to one knee until he put the ring on my finger!! I love every moment of this video! <3We could not be happier with this video and all the credit goes to James Kozlakowski. Thank you for all that you have done for us. It means so much to the both of us!!

Posted by Alisa Mangual on Saturday, October 29, 2016

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Special Thanks

James Kozlakowski | 
Photography