Nossa História

Um resumo de como chegamos até aqui.

Nossa história contada pela Noiva: 

 

Como dizem as duas mulheres mais importantes em nossas vidas: "tudo acontece por algum motivo". E foi necessário enlouquecer com a frieza de NY para finalmente me entregar ao improvável: os tais sites de relacionamento. Não, não queria um príncipe encantado, queria amigos, companhias com interesses em comum que me ajudassem a matar o tempo até fevereiro, quando eu finalmente poderia voltar para o Brasil sem o gostinho amargo da desistência. Assim, em alguns dias, lá estava eu no Tinder, com um perfil tímido que transparecia aquela sensação esquisita de estar ali - Pausa: vale lembrar que isso foi em 2013, antes desse tipo de interação cair nas graças dos brasileiros e da população em geral mudar o pré-conceito de que "site de relacionamento é para quem está encalhado(a) ou para quem quer arrumar casamento com gente rica". Volta: Foram um ou dois encontros e aquele sentimento de que eu não pertencia àquela realidade ou àquela cidade só aumentavam. Foi então que me deparei com um perfil ainda mais tímido que o meu, e um rostinho de anjo que escancarava a seguinte verdade: "esse cara foi forçado pelos amigos a criar um perfil aqui". Sem preconceitos. Dei um coraçãozinho e... "Parabéns, você tem um match"!!! E lá fui eu dar um "oi", o que instantaneamente deu abertura para infindáveis conversas, que, por sua vez, fizeram surgir a necessidade de nos encontrarmos pessoalmente. Foi então que ele me convidou para sair, em uma terça-feira, dia 29 de outubro de 2013, às 6 da tarde em pleno horário de verão (OI???). Como boa brasileira, cheguei atrasada... até para garantir que o sol tivesse partido e que aquele vestido lindo de tafetá e aquela make não ficassem "too much". Cheguei e me deparei com uma hamburgueria com cara de que não tinha passado pelos últimos dez anos de inspeção da vigilância sanitária. Fiquei tensa, achei que ia pagar mico, respirei, pensei em como ele pareceu ser um cara legal, e fui... Mal sabia eu que, atrás da porta da recepção surgiria uma escadaria que me levaria a um dos mais famosos "Speak Easy" de Manhattan! Um restaurante mexicano com decoração impecável e atmosfera intimista chamado La Esquina (não, não é merchandising). Cheguei no bar ainda um pouco tonta e disse: "Jon..."; ele se virou e foi como se os anjos tivessem desandado a cantar no meu background "Heaven... I'm in heaven"!!! O rostinho de anjo do Tinder realmente existia, e ele estava ali, sorrindo para mim. As horas que se seguiram vieram somente para confirmar o que já vínhamos sentindo nas últimas duas semanas de conversas pelo celular: existia uma ligação muito forte entre nós. E essa ligação se manteve e se fortaceleu através de dias, semanas, anos e se tornou tão forte a ponto de sobreviver à distância, à saudade, ao tempo e nos trouxe hoje até aqui; e tão bonita que vale à pena ser escrita e contada aos nossos amigos.

E a questão que fica é: o amor está sim onde a gente menos espera e que realmente há uma razão para tudo e um encaixe para o nosso próprio quebra-cabeças. Mesmo o Jon não sendo aquele cara com gostos e interesses afins que me levou a iniciar essa busca virtual, ele chegou, ficou, me mostrou que o diferente também pode ser bom, aprendeu a gostar também dos meus gostos e colocou todas as peças da minha vida em seu devido lugar. 

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Nossa história contada pelo Noivo: 

 

We both swiped right. 

That kicked off our first date from an online dating app on Oct 29th 2013.  Since Jon was not aware of the Brazilian 2 hour arrival window he came a few minutes early to the bar to hold down the seats. Nina eventually made her way to the restaurant at the street level only to find a run-down looking taco & burger joint.  After some hesitation she continued on to meet the hostess and was eventually brought down a set of stairs behind a secret door, through the kitchen, and into La Esquina, a Latin speak-easy bar/restaurant.  We seemed to hit it off immediately and by the end of the night Jon went in for the first kiss and secured a second date (with the help of a few margaritas). 

With Thanksgiving around the corner Jon invited Nina over to experience the holiday and meet his parents for the first time.  She fit right in and it felt so natural as if she were already a part of the family.  Before we knew it Nina was back spending Christmas with Jon's family and New Year’s Eve in Killington with his friends.  The Brazilian 2 hour arrival window did not work with the Amtrack conductor however, and she missed the train to Killington on New Year’s Eve.  Jon dropped everything and drove 200 miles to pick her up and bring her back to Killington before the ball dropped so they could have their New Year’s kiss.  It was one of our most fun and memorable nights together. 

2014 brought a little turbulence with Nina having to return to Brazil.  We were both introduced to "International Dating" and all the difficulties that come with trying to keep the momentum going over such a long distance.  Before her return we decided to take a small impromptu trip to Disney World.  It was our first “couples” vacation and we had an incredible time.  This is where Jon learned of Nina's love for Disney.  Shortly after the trip Nina had to return to Brazil and parting ways was difficult even though we would see each other again in two weeks.  Traveling to Brazil was a big step for Jon - as someone who knew nothing of Portuguese and had really only traveled outside of the country a handful of times.  But the apprehension dissipated immediately after having the most warming welcome from her family - a mountain of Brazilian candies and treats, tourist booklets, and his very first Coconut water straight out of a Coconut.  Over the next two weeks Jon got to know her amazing family, experience the culture, and party with Nina at Carnival!  After some time, Nina made her way back to the U.S. to visit, but could only stay for a short time because of her visa.  Parting ways a 2nd time wasn't any easier – Nina desperately tried to delay the inevitable by changing her flight home 3 times.  She even sacrificed seeing the World Cup from Brazil, although in hindsight it was the best decision given 7-1 loss to Germany.  Our feelings were much stronger and it was a difficult moment to leave someone you love.  As usual, our separation didn’t last very long and I was back in Brazil two weeks later to spend more time with her and her family.  We needed a better way for Nina to stay in the U.S.  Our friends all teased 'Just get married now'! As two people that believe in things happening naturally we looked for different ways and eventually Nina enrolled at NYU in a Master’s degree program so she could stay closer to Jon and continue to develop the relationship.  With the degree starting in January we spent over 4 months apart including Christmas and New Year’s.  At times it was tough, but with continued encouragement from our friends and family and some awesome technology, we were able to communicate multiple times a day and keep things going strong. 

In 2015 we officially moved in together as Nina went to school.  Jon took up a Portuguese course at NYU only to turn around and speak English most of the time during his 3rd trip back to Brazil.  When Nina's family announced they would be visiting the U.S. for a vacation to Disney during the summer, the clockwork started and Jon decided there wouldn't be a better place or time for the big question.  The chaos began.  Everyone wanted to go to a different park each day and the rainy season decided to coincide with our trip.  Jon kept pressuring everyone to save the Magic Kingdom for nicer weather and finally the clouds opened up to a blue bird day just near the end of the trip.  Things still didn't get any easier...nobody wanted anything to do with taking pictures by Cinderella’s Castle and instead bolted over to the rides. With the ring in his pocket and the repeating lyrics of “It's a Small World”, frustration began to build and he finally forced everyone to go to the front of the castle where he knelt down and proposed.  The crowd backed away and gave us our wonderful moment in front of Nina’s favorite part of the park.  Jon's parents arrived that night to celebrate the news and meet Nina's family for the first time.

We both swiped right and lived happily ever after.