July's Hot Engaged Couple

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Tying the Knot

Jennifer Gambino-York & Jason Syrcle

Future Bride: Jennifer Gambino-York
Age: 32
Hometown: Fort Lee, New Jersey
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Alma Mater: Barnard College, Columbia University
Occupation: Veterinarian (soon to be veterinary radiology resident)
Charities you feel closest to:
ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Meals on Wheels
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, Amateur photography, Interior Design
Favorite Restaurant? Spice Market, Daniel, Blue Water Grill.
When is the wedding?: June or September of 2010. We haven't yet chosen the date.
Where will the wedding take place?: Lucca, Italy
Dream wedding dress designer: Palazzo
How did you meet? I was on an emergency shift at the ASPCA and a case came in as a transfer from the Animal Medical Center. I called the attending Doctor to get a better idea of the case and it turned out to be Jason. About a week later, he mentioned my name to another surgeon (and good friend) and asked if I was "cute."  The next day I was on the phone with her and she was asking all these pressing questions about my personal dating status, etc...and she asked if I would go out on a blind date...I almost said no, but I figured I had nothing to lose. We've been inseparable ever since. 
How did he propose?
He took me away to Eleuthera for my birthday and rented a small secluded cottage 10 feet from the ocean. We made a bonfire every night, fished, explored the island, and fell even deeper in love with one another. On the 3rd day he purchased a very large lobster from a local fisherman and we cooked and made a bonfire on the beach. Just as the sun was setting, he asked me to join him on the rocks to watch the sunset and then he asked if I wanted to be with him forever...to which I said "of course-but I tell you that all the time" and with that he took a small velvet box out of his pocket and asked if it was "this kind of forever that I had in mind"...more than perfect.
When did you know he was "the one": I knew by the 3rd date.

Future Groom: Jason Syrcle

Age: 31 
Hometown: Barry, IL
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Alma Mater: University of Missouri
Occupation: Veterinary Surgeon
Parents: Richard and Linda Syrcle
Charities you feel closest to: ASPCA 
Hobbies/Interests: Cycling, cooking, music, reading, watching college football and basketball and major league baseball
When did you know she was "the one"?  I had a pretty good idea by about month six, for sure.
Did the proposal go as planned?  Pretty close. It worked out nicely.

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Mon, July 20th. 7pm
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Wed, July 22nd. 6:30pm
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