Phylicia and Henry
How We Met
We met senior year of high school in our AP US Government Class. We were friendly, but the stars didn’t align until we (re)-met. NEW YEARS EVE 2010 – This time all the stars aligned after I returned home from studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. Unknowingly, we both planned to attend the same NYE party. After endless talking and a midnight kiss, the rest was history.
The big moments of our story occur on palindrome dates for the next six years.
PALINDROME #1 – 1.16.11 – MAKING IT OFFICIAL – We went on a week’s worth of dates before I went back to the University of Richmond to start my spring semester of junior year. After about a week being back in Richmond, Henry quickly realized he wanted to make things official. Over Skype and while wearing a tie, Henry asked me to be my girlfriend.
How He Asked
PALINDROME #2 – 7.15.17 – THE PROPOSAL – Anyone who knows us, knows we love to travel. Henry decided to plan a surprise weekend trip to Richmond. Anyone who knows me, know I’m not a fan of surprises, which made keeping me in the dark a rather difficult task for Henry. (He even made sure I got a manicure with my sister before we left!) After work on Friday, we headed down to Richmond from NYC. After a long drive and a longer check-in at a new hotel, most dinner places in town were closed. Our last meal before Henry asked me to marry him was at 3rd Street Diner where we had cheap beers, greasy burgers, and onion rings.
The next morning, Henry told me that he made reservations at a nice place for lunch (this was a lie). On the way to lunch, he suggested we stop for a quick walk through campus. Henry originally planned to wear a blazer, but after some conversation about the 100 degrees Richmond air, he realized it wasn’t the best idea. This meant that the ring (box and all) was in his back pocket. Henry was jumpy, the campus was quiet and hot.
Once we got to UR, Henry suggested we cross-campus via the bridge over the lake. As we crossed Westhampton Lake, we stopped at the gazebo, a place we had never been together before. Henry asked about the gazebo legend, I recounted that if you kiss someone under the gazebo, you are destined to marry them. Henry told me to give him a kiss, I quickly asked if we were getting married. That’s when Henry proposed (as I interrupted the whole time) before getting down on one knee. I said yes several times over and we immediately kissed.
We met the photographer, Bri, that Henry had hired earlier in the week. We took some more pictures together and then quickly looked for a quiet spot to FaceTime our family and friends. Celebratory beers at the Veil Brewing Co. quickly followed as did a perfectly Richmond dinner at Bookbinders.
PALINDROME #3 – 8.11.18 – THE WEDDING – We can’t wait to say “we do” at Orange Lawn Tennis Club in New Jersey.