How we met
Henry and Viviana both decided to start taking salsa classes and do something new and different. Through semi-mutual friends, they ended up in the same salsa class in Manhattan. One by one, their group of friends dropped out of the first cycle of classes, until the start of the second cycle, they found they were the only ones left taking class! A friendship began before/during/after Monday night classes and online. Finally after a few weeks, they were able to meet up at a salsa night at a local club, SOBs, and it ended up being the night they fell in love.
October 17th, 2008
Henry told Viviana that his sister and her boyfriend were interested in taking salsa lessons. Before committing to a class, they wanted to take advantage of the free lesson at SOBs before the live band took the stage. Henry arranged with the club and the salsa instructor to be able to propose right after the lesson and dance performance. The instructor asked for a volunteer from the audience and Henry raised up Viv's hand!
The instructor led her up on stage, unbeknowst to her that Henry was following right behind her. Once she noticed, she actually told Henry that he made a mistake, he only asked for one girl volunteer, not a couple. Then the instructor handed Henry the microphone. Henry began by telling the story of how they met, and how it's been the best year and a half of his life. He reached into his pocket and brought out a maroon box (one of Viv's favorite colors) with an absolutely amazing diamond engagement ring. He got down on one knee, on stage in front of everyone at the club, and proposed!
Viv said yes, repeatedly and right away. His sister recorded it all on video, and her boyfriend took amazing pictures so the whole magical moment is preserved forever!