Love Story: Meeting Danny :)

(all photos by photographer, Melanie Mauer)

Heading into the city to meet Danny was hands down the most thrilling thing I had ever done in my life.  I had never been more in love with someone.  Oh me oh my.  🙂

He felt like my soul mate.  I know that sounds crazy, but he really, really did.  We just knew each other’s hearts.  And we were so aligned with everything that mattered most to us in this life.

So here I was, making cookies in my kitchen for the greatest man I had never met while he rode in on a bus coming from Boston.

And then Danny texted me to say that he was passing the Met Museum.  I about died.  He was already in New York?!?  He was in the city much earlier than I had envisioned as I think the last time he wrote he said he was about 75 miles away.  So you should have seen me scramble to get out the door.  I had gotten my hair cut earlier that day.  I had a new outfit and new Fall boots.  My hair wasn’t even curly, but blown out and much darker than normal…so I worried that I looked so different than the photos he was in love with.  I hoped he would still approve.  My apartment had never been cleaner in my whole life.  My fridge was full of ingredients for every kind of food I’d ever made…just in case we were in the mood for anything particular.  My car was washed.  And now all I could do was race to the city to meet Danny for the very first time.

I drove through the Battery Tunnel.  I just remember smiling like crazy.  And kind of shaking in my seat from the thrill of it all.  I didn’t feel agony or fear.  Somehow, by some miracle, I felt confident.  I felt happy and excited.  I felt anxious to just embrace this man who had meant so much to me…and to tell him thank you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for existing.  Thank you for loving me as freely as you did and for letting me love you back.  Thank you for uplifting my life so incredibly and bringing more happiness & hope than I had ever known…even if it was just for 3 weeks.

Danny wrote a few times from the bus, by text.  He was getting so excited that he said:  “I don’t know if it’s me, but I am just so hot on this bus!”  And I responded and said, “Yep, I bet you’re hot on that bus!!  And you’re making me hot for you right now!!!”  hahha.

Off I went up the West Side Highway.   I may have squealed out of excitement a few times as I got closer to him.

I drove to Port Authority at 42nd Street near 8th Avenue and pulled over.  My eyes could not stop scanning every person within sight.  Is that him?  Could that be him??  I was shaking inside.  I texted him once to say, “I’m just west of the corner.  I’m in a black Rover.”  But I didn’t want to take my eyes off the crowd even for a second to write the text.  I didn’t want to miss seeing Danny the very first moment possible.  Just then, a man walked towards the car and my heart stopped.  Was that him??  He didn’t resemble Danny at all.  It couldn’t be him.  The man walked to the driver’s side window and I felt a little shocked at what was happening.  Turns out he wanted some money.  I had to end that conversation quickly to get my eyes back to the crowds.  I didn’t want to miss the moment.

Danny then texted to say he was on the corner.  I was dying.  I just thought, “Oh my, it’s happening.  This is it.  Any second now.”  I got out of my car to walk towards the corner.  I still didn’t see him.  And then……I saw him.  🙂  🙂  He just appeared out of a crowd of people.  It was honestly like a light was shining on him.  haha.  He just glowed.  He had the biggest, kindest, warmest smile I had ever seen in my life.  My very first thought?  “He’s just like me.”  Meaning, we were the same kind of person.  I could tell.  He was truly a man with a good heart.  It was all real.  He really was the Danny that felt like my soul mate in our emails.  I could see every ounce of goodness in that man in one glance – even across the crowd as he was walking towards me, even before I heard him say a word.  I knew then and there that this man was one of the best I had ever known.  You see, Danny wears his goodness on the outside.  He doesn’t hide it or hold back one bit.  He just had the warmest, kindest energy I had ever felt from anyone in my life.  To me, there is nothing more desirable or attractive.

Danny just came right towards me to hug me.  My next thought was, “He’s a real man 🙂 :)”  The way he just walked towards me without hesitation.  The way he didn’t hold back his love and affection for a second.  He was tall and strong.  He just had 100% confidence.  And all of it was oh, oh so appealing.   I should add that he was drop dead handsome.  I mean, more handsome to me than anyone.  I really couldn’t believe it.  I didn’t realize that he was as handsome as he was.  He was even more handsome than I had dreamed up during those three weeks of emailing.  I seriously was dying.

 I was now a good distance from the car at this point.  It was left on the curb illegally and running.  But nothing else in the world mattered to me in that moment.  We just hugged and hugged.  We were both just beaming and glowing and laughing and smiling.  I remember making all kinds of “ohhhh – it’s really you!” kinds of sounds.  We stood back once or twice to lay eyes on each other.  People walked by and stared.  It’s not everyday that you see so much happiness on the streets of New York.

It was the most exciting moment of my life….

P.S.  In addition to the kind heart, Danny smelled amaaaaazing.  And his voice was as sexy as I’d ever heard.  And he had great style.  How did this happen to me?  🙂

(We just love all these photos by photographer, Melanie Mauer.  She was so kind to photograph us.  We met up with Melanie and her assistant on the street corner of 42nd & 8th Ave. to see if we could recapture the magic of that first meeting….and I’d say she just nailed it.  I just love looking at these so much and feel so lucky we got to work with her.  I can’t say enough good about her.  Thank you, thank you, Melanie!)

Addition:  Outfits were by J.Crew (Top, skirt, bangles, vest, tie.)  Danny’s jeans were from his fav. store ever: Uniqlo (he loves the fit.)  My shoes were from Target.  I was wearing Danny’s belt.  Lipstick by Vera Moore in Diva Orange, nail polish by H&M.

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  1. Robyn May 29, 2012 at 6:53 am - Reply

    beautifully retold-and AMAZING photos in the city!

  2. Anonymous May 29, 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Ok, someone please tell me how can I stop crying and smiling at the same time???

    Oh, please Danny, tell us your fisrt impressions too!!!

  3. Punky J May 29, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I am smiling from ear to ear right now reading this. What a moment!! Thanks for so beautifully taking us there. I am so blessed to read your TRUE love story and to have learned of love unfolding in such a brilliant way.

    And yes, I would love to read Danny's recap as well!

  4. Michelle Bunt May 29, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Aw, I love love love these photos so much! They really do seem to capture the spirit of your love story, that we as readers have been so priveleged to be party to! Thank you!
    I smiled when I read what you wrote about people staring at the two of you in the street. I know that feeling well. People have often told me that I emit this kind of glow and peace and look so happy, and often as I walk down the street I get very strange looks from people because I know they see it. In fact someone I met several years ago nicknamed me "Lightbulb" for this very reason! Haha. How I wish though that it wasn't such an unusual thing to see someone so obviously happy – I want everyone to be able to experience this!!

  5. Rik May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Oh my GOSH!!!! I was laughing and smiling and crying the entire time I read this!! My husband even say, "What are you reading???" I love you two!!

  6. Angie May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    I love your blog! Thank you for sharing your love story!

  7. Stephanie May 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I love your comment "Danny wears his goodness on the outside", that explains it perfectly. I remember that about him and that is the perfect way to describe how I always thought of him in high school. You two are amazing. I LOVE the photos and the energy and love they capture.

  8. Sarah May 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    oh that was beautiful 🙂 Now I want to hear Danny's account of the day that changed your lives 🙂

  9. Azara May 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    My heart was pounding like crazy while I was reading this last post! Gosh guys, sooooo beautifully exciting! 🙂

  10. Whitney and Family May 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Wahoo! Love it!! Can't wait to read from Danny's perspective! (pretty please!?) I have been reading your entire blog over the past few weeks and just want to say THANK YOU!! You two are amazing and I adore you both! Keep that love story coming!

  11. aubry. May 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i loved reading this!

  12. ellen May 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Wow. Where's my Danny?!?

  13. sheri May 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    My heart is actually pounding right now Mara – I couldn't love this story more!! xoxoxoxo

  14. Alysa May 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    !!! Love this! My husband wears his goodness on the outside, too! Not to show it off, just because he can't keep it in. Thanks for sharing, Mara!

  15. Angie May 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    And THIS was the most exciting moment of my day! Thank you for sharing your story. Would love to hear how the rest of the weekend went!

  16. Andi Rawlins May 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I love seeing you so happy Mara! These pics make me miss you so much!

  17. marlene May 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I've been reading your blog for a few weeks and I really like this entry a lot. I think it's very true that you can often discern the constitution of a person by his/her face and remarkable when you meet someone who you just FEEL radiates warmth and kindness. I had a first date once where I felt exactly the same way…as though the other person's face held a distillation of all my own thoughts, feelings and values. Now we're married and it's the best feeling ever 😉 Thanks for sharing your blog, it's really inspiring and affirming to read how it should be when two individuals who love themselves come together with synergy to create mutual love and respect. Yay 🙂

  18. Morgan Reece May 29, 2012 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    i absolutely ADORE this story. so very very cute.

    i can relate in a small way and it makes me want to do a blog post about when i met up with my hubby. 🙂 so fun! thanks for sharing.

  19. Maria Petrova May 30, 2012 at 2:21 am - Reply

    Adorable — words, images, hearts, everything.

  20. Sindee Savage May 30, 2012 at 2:23 am - Reply

    That was the best post yet! I stickin' loved it! My hands were sweaty, I had butterflies and my eyes couldn't read quick enough! L.O.V.E.D it! You two are the most adorable, real, down to earth couple ever! Thank you for sharing your most precious moments with the world!

  21. Jenny D. May 31, 2012 at 4:57 am - Reply

    I just found your blog a couple weeks ago so I am catching the tail end of your love story, I will have to go back and read through the other posts, but it reminds me so much of how I met my husband. I was divorced and a single mom and my friends helped me get acquainted with a friend of theirs. We were living in different states so we emailed and talked on the phone for about three months before we met in person. We decided to meet at our friends house, the match maker, since it was neutral territory and they had kids my kids could play with. It was a different state for both of us so we met at the airport, he arrived earlier so he was there waiting for us as we got off the plane. My emotions were so similar to yours, exhilarating and confident. He was so open and accepting to not only me, but my children as well. I am so thankful that we were blessed with great men who could show us what it really means to be loved and how to really love in return.

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  23. Jen June 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Nice blog check out ur blog has been mentioned in awesome love blogs

  24. Emily June 5, 2012 at 3:31 am - Reply

    If you two ever decide to start a matchmaking service yourself let me know. I love your blog, it has given me so much encouragement through my own divorce. Thank you.

  25. Anonymous June 5, 2012 at 4:49 am - Reply

    This story made me cry :'( It was a very touching moment. I'm still hoping for a man like Danny who loves Mara very much. I am a single mom, actually! And dreaming again for the man who will accept me and my son. Mara is very lucky because Danny was totally handsome. Full package I guess. haha.. Well, you both are amazing and you inspired me a lot. Thanks for sharing your love story. That was so "KILIG" (an expression, reaction, or feeling that makes someone blush after an event)

  26. Sophie Louise Hughes October 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    LOVELY!! xxx

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