Lima Peru Engagement: Nick & Giovani
Nick and Geo met in college while living in South Florida. They were not out of the closet at the time and just became close friends. As they discovered more about themselves, they also developed a close bond, yet still did not call it a relationship. On a normal day, Nick and Geo were hanging out together when Geo received a FaceTime call from his family living in Peru. His Aunt Techi saw Nick as she usually did and asked why he was always there. She then asked if Nick was Geo’s Boyfriend. That was the day they realized that they were truly in a relationship.
Nick and Geo shared that their proposal was kind of different. As two guys, there were no guidelines to follow. Nick ended up moving to Texas for work, and Geo was still living in Miami. Long distance was different, but their relationship still grew stronger. Their proposal happened during one of their many visits across the country to see each other. Nick and Geo are advocates in the San Antonio and South Florida gay communities through the Human Rights Campaign and other local organizations. After one of the community events, they decided to take a walk in a nearby park.
At the park, Geo saw the ring. He immediately looked nervous and stared at Nick confused. “Why are you looking so nervous?” Nick asked softly. “Did you really think I wasn’t going to marry you?”
One of the things Nick and Geo really enjoyed about their photo session with Maik in Lima, Peru was that he made them feel comfortable and natural. He took the time to give feedback. Even though they were a gay couple, he didn’t treat them any differently. They highly recommend, for best results, to be natural and have fun.
Nick and Geo gave the following advice: “If you love someone there is no reason you should have to hide it. Be proud of who you are and enjoy being with who you want to be with. Take it one day at a time. ”
So far the wedding planning has been an event in itself from picking the venue to selecting the guest list. The most challenging part has been brining both of their cultures, Jamaican and Peruvian, together.
S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.