How We Met
Manny and I initially met in 2015 on a dating website, but we always got the timing wrong. Still, he remained persistent for three years until December 3rd 2018, when we finally had a real conversation. He messaged me on Instagram, where we transferred to a phone call, and it was history from there. We had our first date and met in person a few weeks later, and our long-distance relationship began. Oh – did I mention that he was in San Francisco and I was in New York City?
I knew that we were meant to be when everyone around us said that they couldn’t see us apart. My mum loves him and treats him better than she does me! His family loves me, and his mum treats me like her daughter. Both of our parents clicked and have a tremendous relationship. This cemented our knowledge that we were meant to be with one another.
A year after our parents met, we were talking about marriage and getting engaged. Manny asked me to send him a link to the ring that I wanted. It was then that I knew he was going to purchase the ring. Being quite a nosy person, I decided to promise Manny that I’d stay out of any proposal plans and allow him to take the reigns. This was much easier said than done, but I did it nonetheless!
I don’t think I’ve been any lazier than on the day of the proposal. Manny kept pestering me to get my nails done, and I eventually gave in; I thought that he just wanted to take pictures of me, given that he’s a photographer. It wasn’t out of the norm for him to set up photoshoots for me, so I didn’t bother to ask him much about the details of what the shoot entailed.
We were supposed to have a picnic at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. Manny, however, knowing that I’m both an English Professor and garden enthusiast, surprised me by taking me to The Atlanta Botanical Garden instead. I’ve always told him that I wanted to have an Alice In Wonderland themed wedding, which, coincidentally, was also the theme of the botanical garden for the season.
As we were walking through the lush gardens, we passed a Moana statue near a waterfall. I asked Manny to take a photograph of me. Little did I know that, as he was taking my picture, he had music playing in the background and was down on one knee asking me to marry him.
The moment was everything I could have ever dreamed of. I was surrounded by flowers, in a garden themed to my dream wedding, all whilst Manny was playing our favourite song. It was as if time had stood still; were were completely alone in the surrounding area, so there was no noise, or even other people around. The soothing sound of his voice asking me to marry him still plays in my head two months later.
I wouldn’t change a thing about that day. It brought and still brings me joy every time I look at my ring.
Manuel and I got married on the 26th of September in 2020 and have been loving the newlywed life. Our future is expanding as we’re expecting our first child together Baby Philippe this month. We’re beyond excited and blessed for the new addition in our family and for a long-standing marriage.