Ali is newly engaged and was proposed to at her dream location: the empty stage of a Broadway theatre! The 20-something-year-old actress met her soon-to-be husband while working on a show together, and they love to spend time seeing theatre, taking in a baseball game, and playing pop culture trivia. Ali also nannies for several families in the Los Angeles area, looks forward to Disneyland trips, and enjoys a good deli lunch. She is excited to begin the journey of planning her wedding and learning about the details that go into the big day. In order to successfully achieve her vision, Ali plans to use resources like The Wedding Yentas, family and friends who’ve been-there-done-that, and bridal magazines. Ali is aiming for a Fall 2012 wedding in Southern California.
I’ve always seen it in the movies when the female main character knows with a simple glance who she will marry someday, and this seemingly cinematic storyline is my reality. It was almost two-and-a-half years ago that I first saw Michael performing on stage in a show for which I was about to start rehearsing. At one glance I thought to myself, “I’m gonna marry that guy one day.” Just like that. It didn’t matter that I had never met him. You know where this is going.
We met after the show, and as they say, the rest is history. He is my perfect man in every way, completing all the things I lack, and is my stronger, better half. For me, getting engaged was the next logical step in our relationship, and I knew that he felt the same way. It was just a matter of when.
He has made it clear to me through our few years together that Thanksgiving is his favorite time of year. I had a feeling that a proposal might happen that week. By “that week,” I mean last week. (This is all very, very recent). It was also the perfect time since we would both be back in New York for Thanksgiving, which is where we had met (we have since moved to California) and where Michael is from. It was Tuesday night in NYC, and Michael had planned an incredible date night for us. First, we had dinner at one of his favorite restaurants, and then he had plans to take me to see a Broadway show; the quintessential evening in New York.
After an incredible dinner had ended, we walked in the rain to the Majestic Theatre where we had 8th row center seats to see a childhood friend of mine who was starring as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. The show was truly incredible. I had seen it a few times before, but this particular performance really made me more emotional than usual. It might have been due to the fact that I was sitting next to my incredible man and I had a feeling that something was up. Perhaps it was the fact that he was wearing my favorite outfit, or the way he insisted on taking his jacket everywhere with him that night instead of checking it or leaving it with me. Either way, seeing Phantom again resonated something sentimental.
After the last notes of the show were sung and the curtain call had ended, we went to the stage door where my friend met us and took us up to her dressing room and gave us a full stage tour. Being the theatre people that Michael and I are (it is, after all, how we had met) we were inspired and excited to see the behind-the-scenes of one of the most famous Broadway shows. We finally arrived at the stage of the theatre, which was absolutely bare. No people. No sets. It was just us on stage, and the giant chandelier was hauntingly raised above the first few rows of seats.
My friend had conveniently found a reason to leave so that Michael and I were completely alone on the stage. I looked out into the empty seats where just moments before an audience had enjoyed the show. It was then, with every possible emotion at its peak, that he turned to me and said, “I think this is the perfect time to ask…” and got down on one knee. Everything was so wonderfully overwhelming that I couldn’t even answer his question. He showed me the exact ring that I had wanted as we stood in my dream location, down and center on a Broadway stage. How does one speak at this moment? All I could mutter was, “I think you know the answer,” and I threw my arms around him in a state of complete joy and shock. He finally asked me to please at least say “yes,” so he could hear it, and asked if I wanted the ring, since, you know, it was for me. I was kvelling to such a degree that I had forgotten to take the ring, which had fit perfectly.
So now, as we begin to plan the wedding, I just can’t stop smiling about my perfect moment from my perfect man! I am going to enjoy being engaged for a while and then dive deep into planning with Michael and, of course, The Wedding Yentas. This is such an exciting time in a bride’s life, and I’m so glad it’s finally my turn.