Lisa Fitzpatrick and Chris Malara

Lisa Fitzpatrick, a 28-year-old paraprofessional at a special education school in Queens, was puzzled. Why weren’t there any other guests at the wine tasting? She and her boyfriend of almost 5 years, Chris Malara, a 31-year-old substitute teacher in Scarsdale, were spending the weekend at Doral Arrowwood, ostensibly to attend the tasting. Chris said he had everything set up for himself, and right when they got to the outdoor patio area, he led Lisa over to the gazebo, which was strewn with rose petals, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. “There was just something about Lisa," says Chris. "I knew it from the first moment I saw her beautiful smile. I was sold.” The pair had met back when the two were attending Manhattan College in Riverdale.

Chris got down on his knee, pulled out a small letter from his pocket, and read Lisa a story envisioning their future together. A crowd of patrons in the window of the restaurant overlooking Doral Arrowwood stood by and clapped for the happy couple as Lisa joyfully accepted. They currently live in Bronxville and are getting married at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle, NY on September 21st, 2012.



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