Nicole and Mike
How We Met
Mike and I both grew up in the same town, but are far enough apart in age that we never went to school together. Although we always knew of each other through mutual friends, we reconnected at the Jersey shore one lucky July weekend we both happened to be there, which wasn’t a regular occurrence for either of us at the time. Mike made sure to show me a good time that weekend, taking me to his favorite bars, buying me lunch, and driving me home (in my own car!) but when we returned to our normal lives is when our story really began on a whirlwind weekend in New York city. I stayed with Mike as he was about to move out of the city in a few weeks (I was getting ready to go back to college at the time) and we really did everything a girl could ask for in 48 hours! Our first official date was at Blue Water Grille, from there we saw our first movie together (Inception). The rest of the weekend we went site seeing at the then South Street Seaport (that building doesn’t exist anymore!), visited happy hour at Blind Pig, sushi Dinner at Haru, lunch the next day at Tortilla Flats, and then enjoyed the final hours of our weekend hanging outside at Chelsea Piers. I felt like Mike wanted to show my all of his favorite things about the city that weekend, and continued to do so the next seven years in all different places that meant something to him. I will never forget that weekend and how it felt like he took me on an escape from both of our realities, and that nothing including time mattered. NYC was truly our first date weekend playground!
How He Asked
Mike and I have been together for coming up on dating for 7 years, so as you can imagine I had an inclining that he could be asking any day. Mike isn’t one to take much time off of work, and as such we had not been on vacation together in almost 2 full years! When Mike caught a break at work we decided to book a trip to Aruba ASAP, and in two weeks time off we went! Our third night there, we decided we wanted to watch the sun set on the beach before our dinner, and thought the Ritz would probably be the most beautiful setting to do so. We were right, the beach was nearly empty, it was a picture perfect Aruba sunset just us and our glasses of wine. Mike insisted that we ask one of the only families left on the beach sitting near-by to take our picture before the sun was gone, and before I knew it there was a shiny, gorgeous diamond in front of me! It was a sweet moment I will never forget, and now that spot on that beach will forever be a special place for us to visit for years to come!