Dupal and Ven
How We Met
15 years ago, I met Ven for the first time in our high school. We were introduced to each other through mutual friends. Looking back and reminiscing, I would have never imagined even for a flicker of a moment that this is the guy that I would end up with the rest of my life. We quickly became best friends in high school. Inevitably, high school came to an end and he went away to college in another state. We remained best friends throughout college. There was barely a day that we didn’t talk to each other. We simply just knew everything about each other.
After college, he moved back to NYC and the rest is history…
How He Asked
I always shared with Ven that one of my life-long dreams has been to be an actress. Coincidentally, I work in the Movie and TV industry. Knowing these facts, he came up with a really unique and creative proposal idea that totally took me by surprise. A few weeks before the proposal, I got an email from one of my co-workers asking me if Ven and I would be interested in acting as an extra for a film. I, of course, got super excited and immediately replied with a Yes!!! Throughout the days leading up to the big day, I kept getting emails from “the producer” with various details related to the film, my role, and the shoot day. In the beginning, Ven didn’t seem to enthusiastic about being an extra but I convinced him to get excited. Little did I know that it was his plan all along to get me to convince him to act with me!
Fast forward a few weeks and the big day arrives. He picked me up in the morning and we drove down to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. It’s a 43-acre park with beautiful sculptures and art all over the park. The “videographers for the film” met us there and walked us through what the shoot would involve. They had us do various scenes around the park while they filmed us. After a little while, we arrived at one of the more prominent artwork: The Nine Muses. After having us do a couple of random scenes, one of the videographers asked Ven to put on a blazer. We repeated the last scene, which involved us walking down the center aisle of The Nine Muses. In the middle of our walk, he grabbed my hand, spun me towards him, got on his knees, and asked me to marry him! Little did I know that this entire “film” and “shoot” was just merely a setup by him! My life long dream of acting didn’t come true, but I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend!