A Miami Matrimony
We met online back in 2011. I had just started my internal medicine residency and Amanda was a brand new nurse at a different hospital. We exchanged emails daily for over 2 months before we actually went out on our first date. I was already so in love with her that I was terrified of messing it up! And I was so nervous on that first date that I did not even have the guts to kiss her that first night. Which made our next date even more exciting! From that day on, we became inseparable. Two years later we moved in together and two years after that, I proposed to her!
I love our proposal story. It was Pi day (March 14th) and we had plans of going out with some friends to a local brewery. I had bought the ring about 3 days prior and my original plan was to propose during our trip to Brazil which was not happening for another month. Needless to say, as soon as I had that ring in my hands, I just could not wait another second to propose. So I asked her to grab dinner and drinks before meeting our friends at the brewery, and we went to our favorite restaurant in the heart of Wilton Manors. That was the first queer place we ever went together, it was where I asked her to move in with me two years prior. That place meant a lot to us! I had a picture of our dog looking very curiously at the Tiffany box the day I brought it home, so I framed and wrapped that picture and bought a bottle of champagne. We got to the restaurant and I told Amanda I was feeling sick and that I really had to go to the bathroom (how romantic!). So I went out to the car, got the picture and the champagne and found our waiter and explained to him what I was doing. After we finished eating, the waiter came and said "this is for you, because you are preferred customers". Amanda laughed and started opening the picture. As soon as she saw our puppy with the ring box, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. It was one of the happiest moments of my life! The best part is, our waiter actually took a video of us with his cell phone, so we have the whole thing documented!
In terms of planning our wedding, I have to admit it was not as stressful as we hear people say. I believe the key to successful planning is flexibility! Lots of things will not go as planned and you just have to adapt. We wanted a small ceremony with only family and close friends and we had about 75 people, which was more than we expected, but it was just the perfect size. Our main goal was that we wanted everything to be stress free and we wanted everyone to have fun. We planned everything ourselves. We did our own center pieces, decorations, signs, flowers, wedding arch.
We actually had a great time with our DIY projects. Everything was simple, but elegant. Our venue was just perfect for us. Outside, rustic, lots of green. Very romantic. My brother was the officiant and my best man! Our wedding day was no doubt the best day of our lives. The best advice we got from a friend of ours was to stay together and look at each other very often during that day. It goes so fast and I can see how people get caught up in small details and forget to enjoy their day.