Tia and Jeff
How and when did you guys meet?
Jeff: We both went to the same High School but I (Jeff) was in a grade higher than Tia. Tia was a member of the Varsity Cheerleader Team & for the majority of High School I was on the Varsity Ice Hockey Team. Although we knew each other throughout High School, we met through mutual friends & started dating towards the tail end of my Senior year. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love with each other. I attended Tia’s Senior Prom as her date. From there we’ve spent 13 years together, falling more & more in love with each other, before I proposed to Tia on August 8th, 2015.
What was the first thing that attracted you to one another?
Jeff: At first I was attracted to Tia because I thought she was beautiful and she made a cute cheerleader! But very shortly after starting to date I fell in love with her personality and her intelligence.
Tia: I was first attracted to Jeff because he was handsome and an upperclassman. Then after hanging out with him I noticed how kind hearted and loving he was! There are a of similarities we both share, but it’s also the differences between us that truly compliment each other & make our love for one another so strong!
When did you know that they were the one?
JEFF: I have known for years that Tia was the person I wanted to marry & spend my entire life with. However, I wanted both of us to concentrate on our different careers before I asked Tia to marry me.
With Tia dedicated to completing and receiving her Master’s Degree & I dedicated to becoming a 2nd generation Business Owner of a Harley-Davidson Dealership that my Father started 30 years ago, we both wanted to concentrate on those things first & foremost.
We didn’t want to rush & get married for the wrong reasons, or at the wrong time in our lives. We were just happy & content being a couple, being together, & being in love!…
But I’ve known for years that this day would come, & that Tia was & is my One & Only!
Tia: I’ve always known that I would be there for Jeff and Jeff would be there for me no matter what we went through. I knew we loved each other and felt that that was all we needed. But when Jeff proposed, it was the perfect time for us to move forward and take this step in our lives! They say, “You know when you know,” and I now see how true that is.
How He Asked: Why did you choose to propose where you did?
The first trip we ever took together as a couple & by ourselves was to New York City. We have returned there together multiple times since the first time. We both love NYC, & together we both share great memories of prior NYC trips. Every aspect & detail of my proposal to Tia was a reflection of not only prior trips we’ve taken to NYC together, but also reflections of our relationship past, present, & as a whole. She rides and owns horses and the first time in NYC we took a horse carriage ride, so I though it’d be perfect to do that again.
Also, every time we’re in the city we eat dinner at Tavern On The Green, so I made sure we had dinner there again before the proposal. I had a musician sing “Kiss The Girl” because we both love taking trips to Disney World and rose petals and candles just added ambiance of the proposal location. Central Park is such a beautiful and iconic location and I knew Tia would love the setting especially by Bethesda Fountain and Terrace! Everything was just perfect!
Did anyone help you plan the proposal?
YES!!! I owe everything to Paparazzi Proposals & the wonderful staff he has working with him! I had “shopped around” doing research on different companies that offered customized proposal packages, & very quickly determined whom I wanted to commit my business too! From start to finish, designing / planning to execution, Paparazzi Proposals worked with me one on one & in detail to ensure that not only my expectations were met, but also that my proposal was like a “DREAM COME TRUE” & done so in a comfortable & professional manner!!!