Blyss and Anthony

How We Met

Tony and I first met during the summer of 2007 when we were 15 years old. A group of my friends and his friends all met up for dinner at Applebee’s one night. Tony was my friend Greg’s friend. Throughout our high school years, we always knew of each other and we would frequently hear about one another through Greg. We even crossed paths at some of the same parties and hang outs. Fast forward to September 2010, the first week of my freshman year of college. I was 18 years old and a waitress at a burger restaurant called Cheeseburger Cheese burger. Our mutual friend, Greg, worked as a waiter with me. On September 7, 2010, Tony came into Cheeseburger Cheeseburger with a few of his friends for his one friend’s birthday.

Tony sat on a stool by the milkshake bar and stared at me as I worked. When I looked back at him, he kept staring. I finally asked Greg, “Why does your friend Tony keep staring at me?” Greg agreed that he saw him staring too and guessed that he must like me. I mentioned to Greg that I thought Tony was cute and pressed Greg to ask Tony what he thinks about me. Luckily, Tony confessed to Greg that he was staring at me all night because he thought I was cute too! Tony told me later on that he wanted me to catch him staring and that is why he did not look away when I caught him. Greg gave Tony my phone number and three days later we went on our first date. We have been together ever since.

Blyss and Anthony's Engagement in Joe Italiano's Maplewood Inn Restaurant

How He Asked

Tony and I made plans to go to our favorite Italian restaurant for a double date with our two best friends. When we arrived, we walked to a private room in the restaurant. When I opened the door, I was surprised to see our parents, siblings, grandparents and closest friends yelling “surprise!” Tony got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

After I said yes, we got to celebrate our engagement by having dinner with our favorite people.3