Natalie and Kevin
How We Met
If 23 years ago, someone would have told me the Cupid skills of my mother and her dear friend Anne would be so precise, I doubt I would have put much stock in it. Yet one year ago, it would be a very fortunate happenstance when my bestie insisted I join her for just 1 drink. There across a crowded room, I glanced up to be greeted by a familiar smile. The sweet boy I had know since childhood now stood before me as a dapper man. Same disarming smile, same twinkle in his eyes and the same ability to make a girl blush. From the moment we locked eyes, I knew this was different. Fast forward through a fairytale year full of countless adventures, endless laughter, late night dance parties, 4am dreaming, unprecedented love, unconditional support, and fierce loyalty. Clearly our mothers really did know best!
How He Asked
After being told to pack a bag and being ushered to the airport, I find out he’s whisking me away to New York for the weekend. He knows I believe magic happens during Christmas in NYC and he wants nothing more than to show me just that. We arrive early Saturday to above average seasonal temperatures. If it wasn’t for the twinkle lights lining the trees and carols filling the air, you would have thought it was Spring time in New York. The plans were all laid out, put on your black dress, and be ready by 5pm. Off he swept me to a Broadway show, one of my absolute favourite things to do. Immediately following the show, we bar hop a bit and find ourselves an Irish pub to settle in at for the remainder of the night.
The next day was ladies choice, or so I thought. When the words, ‘Anything you want.’ poured out of his mouth, I felt like a kid in a candy store!! The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, Macy’s window displays, Saks light show, Central Park, the Empire State Building, the One World Trade Center tower, so much to do, so little time. With his clever suggestions and helpful mapping out of events, I believe I’m calling the shots and I couldn’t be more excited to get going. Little did I know my life was about to be forever changed and the real adventure was about to begin. On the eve of December 13th, amidst New York city’s chaos, a tranquil, uninhabited borough, rich with Christmassy aromas and natural beauty, would become the canvas of a timeless love story unfolding. Submerged in the magic and majesty of Central Park, my best friend asked me to marry him. The immediate, resounding YEEEES was easily the most gratifying decision of my life.