Vivi and Quinton

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How We Met

Quinton and I met freshman year of high school. Our lockers were next to each other and it wasn’t long before we became friends. Quinton could always make me laugh and although I had another boyfriend all of high school, we remained close. Senior year Quinton encouraged me to apply to the University of Central Florida. Sure enough we both got in ,and in the summer of 2008 we moved to Orlando. We stayed friends throughout college but it wasn’t until the last semester of senior year that I felt the spark.

I invited him to a sorority date function, knowing we would have a great time. That night we stayed up all night reminiscing on high school and college days. One of the things I love the most about Quinton is that I have always been able to by myself around him.

We started hanging out more frequently after that night, at first just as friends.  But it didn’t take long before we started dating and he quickly turned into the man of my dreams!

How He Asked

March is always a busy month for us. Our birthdays are 2 weeks apart so it feels like we are always going non-stop. This year, he told me he had planned a surprise “activity” for my birthday. I had no idea what was in store.

At 8:30am Quinton shows up and makes me breakfast in bed (a birthday tradition in my family). He then presents me with two gift bags and tells me I have to pick one- the bag I choose determines how my day will go and what activity we will do. I chose the black and gold bag. Inside there is a note- he is sending me on a scavenger hunt! My first clue reads: “Today there is no time to stop, so take a hop over to your favorite “Shop”. The Shop is my favorite boutique! When I get to the Shop, I am greeted and handed another gift bag. Inside, there is a stunning red dress and bracelet that Quinton had picked out for me. I’m gushing! My next clue reads: “When all else fails, follow the trails to paint your nails”. My appointment is at Nouvelle Beauty Bar downtown where I get pampered to the max! With a fresh mani, I am presented with my next clue: “Before you move ahead, let’s get you fed at the Cantina with the table that is red”. Red Mesa Cantina is one of my favorite restaurants. I am fully expecting that this is my last stop and to meet Quinton there. However, when I walk in I see my sisters at a table waiting for me. How fun! A sister lunch! They insist on getting dessert and the waiter brings us a delicious banana split with a candle (this is all for my birthday, remember!) Before we leave, the waiter hands me my next clue: “Head back to your home address, put on your new red dress and freshen up so you can progress”.  At home, I quickly freshen up so that I can get my next clue! The next clue is a map- with directions to call him when ready. I call Quinton and tells me I’m not done yet. I have to stop and take pictures of 3 more places before he can reveal my final destination. The final clue is to meet him at “The historic downtown hotel that is pink”. The Vinoy! Quinton meets me there- I am so excited to finally see him! I can’t take it anymore and I beg that he tell me what we’re doing. He tells me we’re going to be taking a dance lesson with my parents but that we’re a little early, and so suggests we walk across the street to 400 Beach for a drink. I am so convinced that this is the plan that at no point do I think something is up.

There is a beautiful park parallel to the Vinoy, Quinton suggests walking through the park to get to 400 Beach. We are about halfway through the park when all the sudden Quinton “trips”, does a somersault and lands on one knee. My jaw drops! Is this happening?! Quinton grabs my hand and asks me to make him the happiest man in the world and spend my life with him. I say “YES! A million times yes!” I bend down to kiss my new fiance and I hear cheering in the distance. Quinton had invited all of our families and friends who had been watching the whole time at 400 Beach!

the "trip"

the “trip”

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catching on...

catching on…

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the proposal!

YES!

YES!

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we hear the cheering…!

Family and friends watching from a distance and ready to celebrate!

Family and friends watching from a distance and ready to celebrate!

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how did you pull this off?!

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happiest girl in the world!

Special Thanks

Anthony Ferraro | 
Photographer