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Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet? We met during the holiday season of 2016 on a spur of the... Asbury Park Engagement Session

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

We met during the holiday season of 2016 on a spur of the moment first date. We met online (thanks Tinder!) about two weeks prior to actually meeting each other face to face. For those two weeks, we talked about everything and anything you can imagine – just trying to figure out exactly who we were and what we wanted out of this “relationship” moving forward. At the time, Nick lived in Philly and A.J. lived in central NJ (or Northern – whatever you think exists) so the probability of a long-distance relationship was slim, but we gave it a shot anyway.

The weekend of Thanksgiving, Nick invited A.J. over for an impromptu movie night at his mom’s while he was home in Staten Island for a few days. OK – probably not the smartest idea going over to your Tinder date’s mom’s house for the first time, but we did it anyway. A.J. met nick’s mom and stepdad and we had an amazing night. We did nothing but talk and throw on some background movie to just fill the void. I think we actually talked so much that by the time we started to watch a movie it was after midnight. We didn’t wrap up our “first date” until about 3:00 AM. From there – the rest is history!

How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

For us, we really knew that our relationship was the endgame when we went on our first trip to Mexico – Cancun. It was a spontaneous trip we took after dating for a few months, but it was still one of our most favorite trips. We had a lot of great dinners with lots of wine that gave us the opportunity to just talk and learn things we hadn’t learned yet. We were in our most relaxed and comfortable state just having fun. When we got home, there was a conversation that the two of us had that we just knew this was it.

Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

Nick proposed to A.J. in Copenhagen Denmark on September 24, 2019. To backtrack, Nick had been planning the proposal since June of that same year. He took his mom’s engagement interlock band to a jeweler that month and had a new ring made for A.J. from the diamonds in her band. We were scheduled to go on a mini-Eurotrip in September into October that would cover Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam. Nick had a sentimental connection to Copenhagen because it’s where he studied abroad, one of his favorite places in the world, and it’s where he came out – so he knew that is exactly where he wanted to ask A.J. to marry him. We had been in Copenhagen for about 2 days and Nick set the scene perfectly – Nick had already shown A.J. most of Copenhagen, but he wanted to take A.J. to the Church of Our Savior to see the entire city in one shot. After climbing to the top of the church (after a little panic from A.J.’s fear of heights that Nick didn’t know about), Nick pointed out each part of Copenhagen from above and why it meant so much to him.

He then proceeded to explain that this would be the most special place in the city on top of all of them because we were together. Nick then got down on one knee and asked A.J. to marry him! We spent the rest of the trip on cloud 9. To this day, it was the best day of our lives!

What are you most excited about when it comes to your wedding planning?

We are most excited about having everyone we love in one place celebrating our relationship together. Every thought that we have had about our wedding has been with the intention of the people we are sharing this entire moment with. For us, that is a significant piece of our union – the people that have supported us and have always fought for our love!


Other Location: Asbury Park Convention Hall
Reception Venue: The Asbury Park Boardwalk
Photographer: Tom Russo Photography LLC