We're in the New York Times!
I'm beyond excited to share that a small part of our love story was just featured in The New York Times!!!!
The feature is called "When You Know It’s Love" and shares stories from couples about when they knew they loved their other half. Ours is at the very top along with a photo from our Barbados elopement and, somewhat embarrassingly, it's the one featured whenever the link is shared.
The story I told to the paper is about the first moment I realized I was in love with Mr. But here is the full version of the events:
One night when I lived alone in New York, I had a nightmare that there was a snowstorm in the mountains and he had died. I woke up with tears streaming down my face, convinced that I had lost him forever.
The thing is though, at that point I hadn't actually seen Mr. in almost a year. This was long before we were officially together and he was in the midst of his 15-month-long trip around the world. I was on a similar year-long trip, so we kept in touch by email and occasional Skype calls, which kept us in each other's orbits and fueled the romance. He was still traveling when I came back to the States and settled in New York and the last I'd heard from him was three weeks earlier before he left to trek with a friend through Nepal's mountains.
In other words, I had every reason for a nightmare. And though we hadn't spent much time together, feeling like I may have lost him made me realize that I was falling in love with a guy on the opposite side of the planet.
A couple of weeks later, Mr. called. He was alive, but when I told him about my nightmare, he said, "Funny enough, there was a crazy snowstorm in this one dangerous part of the mountain and it was quite an adventure to get out of there."
A few months later, Mr. finished his trip and returned to the States. It took us another year to get together for good and another year to tie the knot. But I'm glad he never wanted to go back to Nepal.
I won't lie, it's pretty surreal to see our wedding photo in the NY Times, especially since I've had a life-long dream to see my name in that paper and always imagined it'd be as an author, not as a subject of an article. But I think telling this super-personal story was actually a great (if not a better) way to appear there.