Newly Weds

Lisa-Marie & Nick

Lisa-Marie & Nick are tying the knot, September 2, 2022. Help us celebrate by interacting before, during and after the wedding!

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Nick And Maria-Ann

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They say you can fall in love at first sight. That would have been true had I not been sleeping in class. You see, Lisa-Marie and I never had the traditional start to a relationship. There were no social online dating apps, only the iPod touch and flip phones, although Lisa-Marie claims she would gladly go back to using hers. We were so far opposite for everything in our lives. But over the years, I quickly found out that loving someone is more than having most things in common. Contrary to popular belief, I think it’s exactly having differing opinions and hobbies that brings a couple closer together. It's almost like seeing the world through two lenses. The one thing we could both agree early on in our relationship was that the UMASS Dartmouth campus was ugly and stupid (sorry Corsairs).

 

So how did we begin our story? Towards the end of college, and after many classes spent together (admittedly I was asleep throughout most of them), I finally built up the courage to ask her for her number. One night, I asked if she was free to go to the movies and she said yes! Awesome start, right? Wrong. The next day, I chickened out and told her I had to cancel because I picked up an extra shift working at Shaws’. Someone had to stack the lettuce. In hindsight, I should have taken that date because she went away to Peru and Michigan the week after. The very day she flew back into MA, I quickly texted her asking how her vacation was . I was infatuated with her. It didn’t matter if I worked 16 hour days between stacking produce or flipping chicken at Qdobas. All I wanted was to spend time with her and put an honest effort in, because she seemed worth it in my heart. I’m glad I chased after her because here we are, almost 10 years later.

 

First date, where in the world can I take this Peruvian princess? I know! She’s a latina so she must love MEXICAN food. After driving around the streets of Fall River aimlessly, getting lost due to bad directions from some unnamed person, we finally arrived at Fiesta’s. Over dinner, we had great chemistry. She would laugh at my jokes and was interested in my stories, all green flags for me. One margarita and a burrito dinner later, we were ready to wrap things up and head to the movies. The bill arrived and of course we both reached for our wallets. Quickly, I told her, “dinner is on me, you don’t have to worry about a thing.” As I slid my hands into my pant pocket, I realized that she did have to worry about a thing. I FORGOT MY WALLET AT THE HOUSE. This was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. Such an unbelievable mistake, I thought once I dropped her off I would never hear from her again. She laughed it off and for that moment, became my “suga momma”.

 

Great story Nick, but HOW did you ask her out? Going into our last year at UMASS Dartmouth with an unsure future, I thought to myself, “Nick, you need to lock her down. Time is moving fast and you are almost out.” So, for our third date, I decided to take her to the Rustic Drive-In movie theater in RI on September 6, 2012 in my luxurious 1998 Nissan Maxima. I remember sitting there with her on the cool, starry night, looking up into the darkness, talking about anything and everything as the movie played through the radio. I looked at her, she looked at me, smiling gently. “Alright, this is it, now is your chance!” I said to myself. Shaking, I grabbed her hand, let out a long breath and said, “Lisa-Marie, ‘gulp’, we are out of popcorn”. Safe to say the night didn’t go exactly according to plan.

 

Two weeks later, after coming home from a dinner (where I remembered to bring my wallet), I decided to walk her to her front door a little bit slower than usual. My heart was racing. As we walked to her front door, I grabbed her hand, pulled her close to me, looking down smiling I said, “Will you be my girlfriend?” September 22, 2012, the day I officially started to date the woman of my dreams.

 

There have been many firsts I’ve experienced thanks to my lovely fiancée. First time she brought me to NYC was the day the Mayans predicted it would be the end of the world. I was such a tourist, buying CDs off bootleggers on the street, getting lost in Grand Central, eating overpriced hotdogs, seeing NYC from the top of the Empire State Building. All the moments I got to share with my fiancée.

 

Everyday we continue to better each other. I love this woman unconditionally and can’t wait to spend the rest of life with her and our new puppy son Niko. This marriage is only the start to so many more adventures.