Kiana and Tannar
How We Met
It all started when Tannar’s sister-in-law, Mikyla, gave him my number. Mikyla also texted me asking if I was single which wasn’t out of the ordinary considering Mikyla is also my first cousin. I guess you could say we like to keep it in the family. Tannar called me a couple days later and it should’ve felt awkward considering we had never actually met before but the conversation felt so comfortable, like talking to someone you’ve known your whole life, and we ended up on the phone together for over two hours!
A week later was our first date where we went to a thrift store and bought the ugliest outfits we could find and wore them to go roller skating. We became super close friends after that, talking almost every day, and three months later (the day after my cousin married his brother) we made it official!
How He Asked
Back in February, Tannar and I planned a trip to New York to visit my sister and her husband who live in Manhattan. Tannar knew I wanted three things on the day he proposed: my nails to be done, someone with a camera to capture it and to be completely surprised.
One week prior to leaving, Tannar and his friend, Cristina, set up a mock photo shoot for the sole purpose of making sure I had my nails done. He also had a friend in New York who was photographer and more than willing to help capture our special moment. I had suspicions that Tannar might propose in New York but he had our jeweler send me a fake text saying he wouldn’t have the ring ready until the Monday we got back. In reality, Tannar had been sitting on the ring for two weeks. He planned the proposal with my sister and they both decided that the Bow Bridge in Central Park was the perfect place to do it. In Tannar’s mind, I had my nails done, a photographer was in place, and I was about to have the biggest surprise of my life.
The day finally came on March 3rd. Tannar and I planned to walk through Central Park to meet up with my sister and her husband at the Met. I mapped how to walk to the Met from where we were but Tannar suggested we walk across the Bow Bridge. I told him we should go later because it was in the complete opposite direction, but he was adamant that we go. He gave me all the signs that it would happen, but with all of his careful planning, I had no idea it was coming.
We got to the bridge and started to take pictures of each other. Unbeknownst to me, the photographer was already on the bridge and my sister and her husband were hiding in the bushes; clearly, not at the Met. I went to the edge of the bridge and Tannar, standing behind me, whispered, “I have a surprise for you.” He’s done fake proposals in the past to be funny so I thought this was just another one of those. “No, you don’t. Stop.” I said, but he reached into his pocket and pulled out a black, velvet box. I was so taken by surprise, my emotions were overwhelming, and I just started to cry. He opened the box, asked the big question, and just like that, I became engaged to the love of my life!