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November
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2018
Brian & Nubia

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On Friday, November 4, 2016, I asked Nubia for her hand in marriage (shockingly, she says!). I proposed after we attended a comedy show at The Apollo Theater and were settling in to a nice quiet evening at home. Nubia actually ran the New York City Marathon that Sunday and my initial plan was to propose once she crossed the finish line, but I am so glad I decided otherwise as we were able to fully take in the moment and spend the remainder of the evening sharing the good news with our family and friends. Nubia absolutely HATES surprises and I still remember her ‘not believing’ what was happening. She was in a stake of shock and didn’t share the news publicly for about a week!

I decided I wanted to surprise Nubia and propose to her on her 32nd birthday, but the ring I custom designed with KatKim Fine Jewelry would not be ready in time for the big day. So, I lied and said the gift I planned to give her from Crate and Barrel (where I worked at the time) was back-ordered and wouldn’t be ready for a few weeks. When the ring was finally ready, I knew what I would do. I purchased a very lovely glass jewelry box from Crate and Barrel and decided to put the ring inside. I printed a fake shipping label, damaged the outside of the box a bit to make it look worn from the ‘shipping’ process, and pretended that it had been delivered and left it downstairs with our doorman. That night, we attended a comedy show at the Apollo Theater. Nubia is on the Young Patrons Board of the Apollo Theater and didn’t consider the outing a ‘big deal’ so she actually came to the show after a session at the gym, fresh faced and ‘no frills’ as she says. Because we lived in Harlem, we walked home after the show, stopping briefly to pick up some takeout on the way. When we got to our building, it was game on! I said to the doorman, “I think I have a package”, which he confirmed, and gave me the box (he was in on the surprise as well!). When we got up to our apartment, Nubia changed into her pajamas, turned on Netflix, and began eating her takeout. I said, “Hey, do you want to open your birthday gift”? “Oh yeah,” she replied. When she saw the Crate & Barrel box she sarcastically exclaimed “Oh! You got me a gift from your job? How sweet!’ In full transparency, Nubia’s birthday is the first week of October and I proposed the first Friday in November. I think the timing also added to her unenthused response. When she opened the box, her reaction was minimal. “A jewelry box…that’s nice….oh wait, there’s something inside.” At this point I began to get down on one knee, as she looked a little closer. I took her hand in mine. “Is this a…..wait…..are you serious?” she said. I took the ring from the box and said “Will you marry me?” She said yes, of course, but sat there a bit shocked. There were no tears, but more a perplexed look as to how I planned all of this (figuring out her ring size, finding a ring designer, purchasing a ring, etc.) without her knowing. I actually had to explain the planning process in order for her to FINALLY enjoy the moment! After sharing the good news with our parents and siblings, we made a video dancing around the apartment to Outkast – Int’l Players Anthem to commemorate the big day!

Wedding Team
Leo Carrillo State Park
Wedding Reception Venue
Leo Carrillo State Park
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Amor in Motion
Wedding Videographer
Amur
Bride's Dress Designer
Gold
Wedding Bands & DJs
J. Crew
Groom's Suit Designer
Wedding Vibe
November
4
2018
Brian & Nubia

NEXT
VIDEO
NEXT VIDEO  

On Friday, November 4, 2016, I asked Nubia for her hand in marriage (shockingly, she says!). I proposed after we attended a comedy show at The Apollo Theater and were settling in to a nice quiet evening at home. Nubia actually ran the New York City Marathon that Sunday and my initial plan was to propose once she crossed the finish line, but I am so glad I decided otherwise as we were able to fully take in the moment and spend the remainder of the evening sharing the good news with our family and friends. Nubia absolutely HATES surprises and I still remember her ‘not believing’ what was happening. She was in a stake of shock and didn’t share the news publicly for about a week!

I decided I wanted to surprise Nubia and propose to her on her 32nd birthday, but the ring I custom designed with KatKim Fine Jewelry would not be ready in time for the big day. So, I lied and said the gift I planned to give her from Crate and Barrel (where I worked at the time) was back-ordered and wouldn’t be ready for a few weeks. When the ring was finally ready, I knew what I would do. I purchased a very lovely glass jewelry box from Crate and Barrel and decided to put the ring inside. I printed a fake shipping label, damaged the outside of the box a bit to make it look worn from the ‘shipping’ process, and pretended that it had been delivered and left it downstairs with our doorman. That night, we attended a comedy show at the Apollo Theater. Nubia is on the Young Patrons Board of the Apollo Theater and didn’t consider the outing a ‘big deal’ so she actually came to the show after a session at the gym, fresh faced and ‘no frills’ as she says. Because we lived in Harlem, we walked home after the show, stopping briefly to pick up some takeout on the way. When we got to our building, it was game on! I said to the doorman, “I think I have a package”, which he confirmed, and gave me the box (he was in on the surprise as well!). When we got up to our apartment, Nubia changed into her pajamas, turned on Netflix, and began eating her takeout. I said, “Hey, do you want to open your birthday gift”? “Oh yeah,” she replied. When she saw the Crate & Barrel box she sarcastically exclaimed “Oh! You got me a gift from your job? How sweet!’ In full transparency, Nubia’s birthday is the first week of October and I proposed the first Friday in November. I think the timing also added to her unenthused response. When she opened the box, her reaction was minimal. “A jewelry box…that’s nice….oh wait, there’s something inside.” At this point I began to get down on one knee, as she looked a little closer. I took her hand in mine. “Is this a…..wait…..are you serious?” she said. I took the ring from the box and said “Will you marry me?” She said yes, of course, but sat there a bit shocked. There were no tears, but more a perplexed look as to how I planned all of this (figuring out her ring size, finding a ring designer, purchasing a ring, etc.) without her knowing. I actually had to explain the planning process in order for her to FINALLY enjoy the moment! After sharing the good news with our parents and siblings, we made a video dancing around the apartment to Outkast – Int’l Players Anthem to commemorate the big day!

Wedding Team
Leo Carrillo State Park
Wedding Reception Venue
Leo Carrillo State Park
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Amor in Motion
Wedding Videographer
Amur
Bride's Dress Designer
Gold
Wedding Bands & DJs
J. Crew
Groom's Suit Designer
Wedding Vibe