Sabrina and Michael

How We Met

Mike and I met in November of 2014. I had just begun working at the same building as him, and I still remember the first time I ever laid eyes on him. There he was, walking in the hallway with a co-worker in his navy blue uniform. We both made eye contact, but before I could give him a friendly smile, he shot me the world’s dirtiest glare. I was taken aback, and wondered why this guy already seemed to have some kind of vendetta against me (side bar: Mike says this was all a “tactic” so I would remember him, and I guess it worked).

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Sabrina and Michael's Engagement in Central Park, New York City

After that initial meeting, Mike would make a habit of coming to my desk and striking up conversations about his family, his pets, and his new home. I was certainly impressed with how mature he was for his age, and how he was so unlike any other guy I had ever met before. It was one day when we were talking about newly released movies that Mike finally scribbled his number on a piece of paper and told me to “text him if I ever wanted to see a movie”. I took him up on his offer, and we haven’t stopped texting since.

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How He Asked

Mike and I decided to take a last minute trip to New York City on the Labour day weekend. Coincidentally, Mike’s sister and her father-in-law were heading to New York that weekend as well. A few days before we left, his sister told us that she had bought us all a Groupon package for a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park. I honestly didn’t think anything of it, and was super excited to add that to our itinerary. The day finally came and I was running late (typical), so Mike and I headed out alone for brunch before our scheduled horse and carriage ride. His sister texted us while we were at brunch informing us that they had gotten to the park early and that they were going to hop on their carriage and meet us afterwards. We made our way to Central Park and hopped on our horse and carriage, and so began the most perfect fairy tale proposal.

Our driver started off by giving us a tour of some famous residences along Fifth Avenue and took us through numerous landmarks in Central Park. It was so perfect and romantic, but I was completely oblivious through it all. He took us to the Bethesda Fountain and let us get off so we could take a picture (Little did I know, this would be the last picture we would take as boyfriend and girlfriend).

We hopped back in the carriage and our driver took us to our next stop – the Cherry Hill Fountain. He told us we could get off and take more pictures, but before I had a chance to, Mike jumped on the seat across from me and took my hands in his. He got down on one knee and said my full name and I immediately blanked out because I couldn’t believe what was happening. He opened a little red jewelry box and in it was the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any more perfect, a photographer appeared out of no where and started capturing the moment.

After I said yes and Mike slipped the ring on my finger, the photographer handed us a box of chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of rosé Moscato. He then let us get out of the carriage and gave us a mini engagement photoshoot in Central Park.

After our carriage ride/photoshoot was over, Mike and I made our way back to the hotel. We FaceTimed our parents (who were waiting anxiously back in Toronto) and told them the happy news. Just when I thought it was over, Mike handed me a beautiful dress that he had bought for me to wear that night at our engagement dinner. I couldn’t believe how much work and effort Mike put in to making sure his proposal was perfect. I know that our fairy tale is just beginning, but I am so lucky to have found my perfect Prince Charming.