PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR WEDDING CELEBRATION ON
NOVEMBER 19, 2019
Countdown to the big day
FROM KENNY’s POV:
It was freshman year move-in day at Cornell. Being the curious guy I am, I started looking to see who my neighbors were. I started next door, where the sign on the front had all of my neighbors names, including Erica Santiago. "Santiago? A Latina💃🏻?" I thought to myself — my interest was piqued.
Later that day, one of Erica's roommates asked me to help her bring some groceries from the car, inside to her and Erica's apartment. Being the gentleman I am, I quickly obliged. That is moment when "love at first sight" struck (for Erica, of course).
I proceeded to lay on the charm. Needless to say ... I was relegated to the "friend zone" immediately 😑. After a brief one-year vetting period, Erica finally decided to give me a shot. The rest, as they say, is history.
SHE SAID YES
FROM ERICA’S POV:
It was our 8-year anniversary and we usually don’t make a fuss over this kind of occasion, but we will usually grab dinner. Kenny told me he made a last-minute reservation at our favorite NYC Italian place (Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca) for 11/19. We haven’t been to Babbo in a few years and I was super excited to chow down on 5+ courses of pasta smothered in truffles 🍝. That morning, he kept trying to dress me up & change me into different outfits. He was insisting on heels… but I went with boots.
Coincidentally, my friend Sakina was in town that weekend. She was a new mom and kept saying that she desperately needed a mani/pedi because she never had the time anymore. I thought: OMG of course, we must go and make time for that while she’s in town. Little did I know, she was actually just trying to get my nails done 💅🏼 (sneaky!).
Back to the proposal… So I was hanging out with Sakina all day, had brunch, and got our nails done. My dinner reservation was approaching and I needed to head down to Babbo. I got there about 7 minutes late (Kenny was panicking at this point because he had a specific timeline to adhere to). I stuffed my face with pasta and was so full at the end of dinner. I was ready to take a taxi back home and end the night with some Walking Dead (spoiler, never got to watch the show that night). However, Kenny suggested that we take a walk around Washington Square Park instead (which was close to the restaurant). I thought it was a little strange but went with it. Maybe he was so full he just needed to walk it off?
Now we are walking around the park towards the fountain ⛲. I keep taking him away from his intended path (he had mapped out the whole walk). I kept talking, walking around, and pointing things out. At this point, he already tuned me out and was determined to lead me to his designated proposal spot.
Read the full story over at the The Knot!