Newlyweds Jeffrey Antone and Christina Kan-Antone of Franklin Square almost didn't get past their first date. Jeffrey explains.
Christina and I met in 2007 at a friend's birthday party. We saw each other socially after that and always enjoyed each other's company, but never went on a date.
Then in 2009, Christina suggested our group of friends see the movie "Julie & Julia." I jumped at the chance -- not to see the film but to be with her. We made plans to meet at a park near her home in lower Manhattan.
Nothing went right that first "date." I set out from my home in Westbury, and once over the Brooklyn Bridge my GPS sent me in the opposite direction from the park and into road work delays. I was late. Christina eventually had to text me a local route to take. Then the dessert that we were to share at the park accidentally fell on the concrete. The movie only limited any further conversations. I was so anxious to make a good impression that I wasn't being myself.
Over the next month we had a few more dinner dates, but there didn't seem to be any chemistry. As I began feeling that we were better off as friends, I started to relax around her. Christina later told me she noticed the difference. I was again the lighthearted, fun guy she knew and we continued dating in earnest.
By March 2012, I knew I wanted to spend my future with her. We took a trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., where I was going to surprise her with a marriage proposal at the Tidal Basin with our dog and alongside our closest friends.
At the Basin, Christina was distracted by a kite-flying event as I tried to gently guide her over to where our friends were hiding. As we finally approached the spot, a little girl came over to pet the dog. Another distraction. So as I too crouched down to pet the dog I transitioned to one knee. I told Christina that I loved her, and asked her to spend the rest of our lives together as my wife. She said yes, and our friends jumped out from behind the bushes with glasses of Champagne.
Christina is an immigration attorney in Manhattan and I work in the medical field.