Lilian and Fabio

How We Met

Fabio walked into my office one fair day to sign some documents I had to process. I remember immediately thinking, how is God fair if someone this good-looking is also intelligent–he’s a top-scoring PhD (Science) scholarship student. We rarely cross paths after although my colleagues teased me about the hot Italian eye-candy now and again. I was involved in a serious long-term relationship then and it all seemed like harmless fun to indulge in since it was impossible.

That relationship ultimately ended and I met Fabio again one day outside of work more than a year after we first met. Turned out, he works in the same lab as a new friend I just made and it was all quite serendipitous. What started out as a silly joke became more real than anything I could have ever imagined!

How He Asked

When we travel I typically do most of the planning but as we arrived from Granada to Seville, Fabio insisted that he wanted to visit “a place”. He was quite vague about things and just mentioned that it had a “funny name” and that I’d like it. Although I pointed out that it was out of the way, I eventually relented sensing that he seemed very keen to go. And well, I’m glad to report that he was totally right about me loving the place! By all accounts, I’m *that* crazy cat-lady who embrace cat-themed anything–when we arrived at “Un Gato en Bicicleta” (Cat on a Bicycle), I immediately squeed over how adorable everything is! I’m also a keen reader and coffee lover so this bookshop/cafe was just the perfect place for someone like me. I started wandering about as soon as I stepped in but heard Fabio calling my name. I found him on his knee where he popped the question with the ring design he knew I liked.

Special Thanks

Manuel Garrido
Photographer