Elizabeth and I met the week before my 25th birthday. 

We were both out dancing at Monster, an LGBTQ bar across the street from Stonewall. We fell fast in love and moved in together a few months later with our dog Bandit and cat James. 

On our fourth anniversary trip to Ireland, we decided we wanted to get married over a pint at a Galway pub. A half a year later, she surprised me and proposed in Christopher Park, the small monument park between Stonewall and the place we met. 

Honestly, it was a blur — the whole thing. 

She stopped me and asked me to marry her, down on one knee and all. 

When I saw her down there, I wanted to get down there with her. To lift her back up where she belonged. 

When I said yes to Elizabeth, I said it like it was any other day, and she’d casually asked me over coffee. “Of course.” Then I shouted: “Are you going to put it on!?” Elizabeth dragged me off down the street so fast the photographer corralled us back for photos. Down the block, Elizabeth had organized a party with all of our family and closest friends.

I proposed back to her the night before I’d planned to. I told nobody, pretty much, not even myself. I made a plan and forgot about it, so I didn’t blow it. 

The day before, I asked a couple of friends to help me out. I made a meal that we love, and a bunch of chocolate-covered strawberries. I took a bottle of champagne from our first proposal and packed it all into a basket. I brought her to Central Park, to Gapstow Bridge. It is such a quintessentially New York kind of place, and the cherry blossoms were beautiful. I almost forgot my words, but thankfully remembered them by some stroke of New York City luck.

We feel beyond lucky; when I look at my ring, my heart soars — every single time. There is no question in my mind about marrying her, no fear. Just a quiet sense of calm that everything is as it should be. I have no reservations, no questions to ask. It’s simple, the most logical thing; I can’t imagine a life without Elizabeth – there is no existing without her.

Captured by Grace Chu Photography