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TIJEN & MICHAEL

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I had met Tijen through friends several years back. It was some time later when Mike came along :), but I never new their backstory on how they met or how their relationship came to be.

Whenever I do engagement sessions, I ask both people individually questions about their past and how they feel for each other. What struck me this time is how incredibly similar their answers were. They bond on football, Mets games, WWE events, soccer games, breakfast dates, and fall, and had actually met at a Jets game (invited by a friend) in August of 2015 with no intentions of being set up, and have been together ever since.

It’s funny how life happens when you’re not looking.

In fact, one of Michael’s favorite memories of TIjen is from this game which they met for the first time.

“The funny thing is during our first interaction at the preseason game. Tijen went to defend our friend from a fight in the parking lot. I got scared for her and held her back doing a hold I learned from working with special needs kids. She said this is when she knew she liked me from the start. I guess you can say I did something right for a change.”

When I asked them both (separately) how they knew the other was the one for them, they both had pinpointed the exact same day (Thanksgiving) which they just knew.  More below!


I love that she puts my needs first over anything. She wants to have family traditions and loves to make memories with my family. I would be lost without her and that’s why I love her so much.
— Michael
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He has a very pure heart. He cares for everyone and wears his heart on his sleeve.
— Tijen
He took me to meet his family on Thanksgiving and as I was collecting the dishes I made from the car, I glanced over and he was super emotional as we were about to walk in. I think we both knew at that moment that we were both very serious about the relationship.
— Tijen
“Our favorite memory together would probably be going to the Cowboys vs. Jets game in Dallas, TX a few months into dating. We didn't know how serious things were until that trip. He is not a good flyer and when we got on the plane, he was in rough shape. I took care of him the entire time, so much so, that I forgot that I hate to fly myself lol. I'd say that trip was the make or break and we definitely fell in love there.” - Tijen

“Our favorite memory together would probably be going to the Cowboys vs. Jets game in Dallas, TX a few months into dating. We didn't know how serious things were until that trip. He is not a good flyer and when we got on the plane, he was in rough shape. I took care of him the entire time, so much so, that I forgot that I hate to fly myself lol. I'd say that trip was the make or break and we definitely fell in love there.” - Tijen

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I knew she was the one when we were parking to go to my parents house for Thanksgiving the first year. I got a little emotional in the car because I wanted my parents to like her and I knew she was the right person for my family.
— Michael
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It turns out their wedding day is February 17, 2019, my birthday! which means EXTRA good luck!! ;) I wish you both a lifetime of health and happiness.

Thank you for sharing your story with me.

Daria x

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