Christina and Matthew

How We Met: How we met: Matt and I met the summer of 2012 in Belmar, New Jersey.He had a shore house for the summer and so did a group of my friends. One of my good friends dated one of his best friends and by September we started dating and the rest was history!

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How He Asked: I never thought Matt would be able to surprise me the way he did. On Saturday June 13th Matt made plans for us to go lunch in Red Hook, Brooklyn and then we were going to go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to spend the rest of the day. I was so excited because we said we always wanted to go there and I wanted to show him where my Aunt and Uncle had gotten married. We had such a great lunch and I couldn’t believe the weather held up because every time we make plans to go out it always rains.

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When we got to the garden Matt and I started to walk around and I couldn’t believe how beautiful everything was. All I kept saying to him was “Take me to the rose garden!” and little did I know that was his plan. As we walked into the rose garden I was blown away by how amazing these roses were. Typical me I wanted to take selfies of Matt and I with the roses. As we continued to walk I kept saying how I wanted to take a picture in what looked like a wooden picture frame covered in roses. When we got there I put my head in the frame and kept saying “Matt take my picture, Matt take my picture…where are you?!?” as I turned around he was down on one knee. I was so surprised all I could say was “oh my god.oh my god” and I started to cry. Of course I said “yes” and the next thing Matt said to me was “and there is our photographer Dan.” He hired a photographer to capture every moment and then we had a photo shoot for the afternoon in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I couldn’t believe he was able to pull this all off without me knowing a thing! I am so happy and excited to spend the rest of my life with the love of my life.

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Photos by Dan Marino Photo