Angela + Nick
Angela is a nurse. Nick is an ex-pilot and newly announced Navy veteran. Individually, they selflessly serve others. Together, they selflessly serve and unconditionally love each other. After eight beautiful years of marriage, Nick + Angela decided to renew their vows. It truly is the kind of love story that turns all of us into hopeful romantics.
Angela first met Nick in Navy ROTC at University of California, Los Angeles, where they both had been attending. Angela found herself gravitating towards Nick because of his kind heart and funny humor. They became closer as they both joined the Color Guard team and competed with ROTC programs at Tulane University, Oklahoma during Mardi Gras. Angela tells me she recognized her attraction for Nick after a long night of Mardi Gras celebrations, when he offered to walk her to the hotel and carry her beads. And that was it--the moment that sparked it all. Good job, Nick. (She emphasizes, she did NOT have to work for those beads...if you know what I mean.)
Since then, Angela decided to become a nurse and gracefully exited her plans for joining the Navy. As for Nick, in between flight school in Florida, Texas and his deployments to Iraq, he realized the love of his life was back at home and that he wanted her with him for the rest of his life. He stealthily planned a fake business trip in New Orleans and convinced Angela she had to meet him there.
I have to say, Nick worked his ass off and he wanted this moment to come to Angela as a genuine surprise. He faked the business trip paperwork, explained to Angela that his boss who had a suite at the hotel cancelled his trip and gave the room to Nick. They made it to a fancy dinner but Nick left the table after convincing her he had stomach pains. Liar. But a smart beautiful white lie. He asked the kitchen staff for a dessert dish and placed the ring on the plate for it to be served to them both once he returned. And the rest? History.
Congratulations to a beautiful marriage, Angela and Nick.