I met Lucas when I was 14, in the summer before my first year of High School. Lucas was 16 and a Junior. We met when we were matched to be partners for a friends quinceanera. I still remember when all the girls from the court were in the basement talking and they told me we would make a great match. In my head I was like yea yea we will see. Then we started practicing more for the Quince, spending more time together, and getting to know each other. I had this huge crush on him, but I was a little skeptical because he was older and I never had a boyfriend before. Then I remember one day right before the summer was over, we went to the pool and at the end of the day his friend texted me asking hypothetically if I would go out with Lucas and I said yes. Labor day weekend, it was Thais (my best friend) birthday party and I knew he would be there. I got my hair and make up done (hahaha). Different people kept telling me they thought he would ask me out that night so I was pretty nervous to begin with, Then on her red couch he asked me to be his girlfriend and I said YES!
The rest is history, but there were some major challenges to come. 1.5 years into our relationship, I found out Lucas would be moving to Brasil with his family. I was devastated and did not know how to handle it. I mean we were inseparable by everyone who knew us. We were "IN LOVE". He left and it felt like a piece of me left with him. We broke up shortly after because we just figured we were young (I was 16) and he was 5,000 miles away so we would probably never see each other again. 6 months after moving away we started talking again (perfect timing for Skype and FaceTime to come out, Thank God!). I still remember him telling me that he "never found anyone else like me" there. We talked often and we cared about each other a lot, but again we never thought we would see each other again. Then in December of 2011, SURPRISE! after 1 year of moving he came back to visit me and all those feelings came rushing back. It was now my senior year of High School and I had got into the University of Maryland for Spring Semester, so I made the decision I was going to spend the fall semester, 6 months, in Brasil with Lucas. It was definitely one of the best decisions I had made because it was the defining moment of ok... is he really the one or should we move on? We decided we were in love and now we had to figure out how it was going to work out now that he had moved away.
We saw each other twice a year for 6 years (I know we are crazy) traveling back and forth between the U.S, Colombia, and Brasil. Coincidentally (or not) we both graduated college at the same time (lets not forget he is 2 years older than me) and finally after 8 years he moved to the U.S to be with me for good. We got engaged in Cartagena, Colombia with all my family in a beautiful proposal. I think things worked out so perfectly because God chose us for each other and he was with us the whole time. None of this would have happened the way it did if we did not have faith in each other and in God. I fell in love with this genuine, sweet, loyal, caring man. We knew that if we were able to get through all of those obstacles and challenges, nothing could ever break us apart. Our love story is forever my favorite!
Nossa história contado por ela
Eu conheci Lucas quando tinha 14 anos (ele 16), era o verão de 2008, antes do meu primeiro ano de ensino médio. Nós se conhecemos quando fomos chamados para ser parceiros de dança da festa de quinze anos da nossa amiga. Eu me recordo que todas as meninas falaram que faríamos uma ótima combinação. Na minha cabeça, eu pensei “sim, talvez, sei lá…” Em seguida, começamos a praticar mais para a festa, passando mais tempo juntos e nos conhecendo melhor. Eu estava apaixonado por ele, mas eu era um pouco tímida porque ele era mais velho e eu nunca antes tinha namorado. Então um dia antes do fim do verão, fomos para a piscina e, no final do dia, seu amigo me mandou uma mensagem perguntando "hipoteticamente" se eu queria namorar com Lucas e eu disse que sim. O feriado do "Labor Day" chegou e foi a festa de aniversário da Thais (minha melhor amiga) e eu sabia que ele estaria lá. Eu fiz meu cabelo e maquiagem bem bonito (hahaha). Algumas pessoas ficavam me dizendo que achavam que ele me pediria em namoro naquela noite, então estava bem nervosa para começar. No sofá vermelho, ele me pediu para ser sua namorada e eu disse SIM!
My dream was always to date a blonde, blue eyes girl, so when I saw Melissa it was no doubt I wanted to get to know her. In my mind i was like, what a beautiful American girl, never imagined she was a latina haha. I will admit at first I just wanted to hook up, but she clearly said that it wouldn't happen unless we were dating. So I asked her out at her best friends birthday party September 6,2008. Our first kiss was very awkward, at a Hollister store where the employee kicked us out because "its not a place to be hooking up". After that we were inseparable!
Meeting Melissa was not the hardest part. The challenging part was her family accepting me because I was 2 years older than her and I was her first boyfriend. But luckily I proved that I was really in love with her and cared so much.So I thought her family was challenging at the time, but then our biggest obstacle came in 2010. I moved back to Brasil and we didn't know what our relationship would come to. Even though we broke up, I knew I missed her and still had feelings. We would still talk almost everyday but only as "friends". To make a long story short, after she stayed 6 months in Brasil at my parents house we knew that nothing could break us apart, not even the distance. Im grateful for the distance because it made us go through a hard time apart but the short times we would see each other through out the year it was like a honeymoon. The 6 years far apart let us travel a lot together and explore our love. I asked her to marry me in Colombia in front of her whole family, it was beautiful.
We have been through so much at such an early stage on our relationship that I know nothing at all can separate us because we know that God has amazing plans for us. So March 31st, 2018 will be the best day of my life! I know I will be marrying my best friend and the most beautiful, caring, intelligent girl that God reserved just for me!
Nossa história contado por ele
Meu sonho foi sempre namorar uma loira e com olhos azuis, então, quando vi Melissa, não havia dúvida de que queria conhecê-la. Quando vi ela eu pensei “que americana linda”, nunca imaginei que ela era uma latina haha. Eu tenho que confessar que eu queria somente “ficar”, mas ela disse claramente que isso não aconteceria a menos que estivéssemos namorando. Então eu pedi ela em namoro na festa de aniversário de sua melhor amiga em 6 de setembro de 2008. Nosso primeiro beijo foi muito estranho, em uma loja da Hollister, onde o empregado nos expulsou porque "não é um lugar para ficar se beijando". Depois disso, fomos inseparáveis!
Conhecer Melissa não era a parte mais difícil. A parte desafiadora foi sua família me aceitar, justamente porque eu era 2 anos mais velha que ela e também seu primeiro namorado. Com muito esforço, provei que estava realmente apaixonada por ela. Então, eu pensei que sua família era desafiadora na época, mas nosso maior obstáculo ocorreu em 2010. Voltei para o Brasil e não sabíamos o que nosso relacionamento viria. Mesmo terminando nosso relacionamento, eu sabia que sentia falta dela e ainda teria sentimentos por ela. Mesmo no Brasil, conversamos por whatsapp/facetime quase todos os dias, mas apenas como "amigos". Depois da Melissa ficar seis meses no Brasil na casa de meus pais, nós sabíamos que nada poderia nos separar, nem mesmo a distância. Sou grato pela distância, porque nos fez passar por um momento difícil, mas os poucos tempos que estávamos juntos era como estar passando uma lua de mel. Os 6 anos de distância nos permitiu a viajar muito juntos e explorar nosso amor. Em 2016, na frente de toda a família na Colômbia, eu fiz o grande pedido “Quer casar comigo? “. 31 de março de 2018 será o melhor dia da minha vida! Eu sei que vou me casar com minha melhor amiga e a garota mais bonita, atenciosa e inteligente que Deus reservou apenas para mim!