STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Tyler Osborn knew how he wanted to ask Annadale native Lisa Schneider to marry him.
He made arrangements to take Schneider on her 30th birthday Wednesday to the boardwalk in Long Branch, N.J. — the exact spot the couple shared their first kiss 15 months ago.
There were only two problems once they got there: A storm was in full swing, and NBC New York was covering it on the corner where he planned to pop the question.
“I wanted to do it this year and I knew her 30th birthday was important to her — and me,” said Osborn, a Highlands, N.J., resident. “Since we had the opportunity to go to where we first kissed, I mapped it out from there.”
The couple met on the dating app Bumble, and their first date was at Italian restaurant Vinum in Rosebank. Their second date included watching fireworks in Long Branch.
While the couple said their meeting was “very 21st century,” Osborn kept his proposal as old school as possible. He spoke with Schneider’s friends, “got the blessing from her dad and went for it,” he said.
Osborn’s uncle, who was tasked with taking photos of the proposal, arrived at the boardwalk ahead of the couple, noticed the TV news crew and asked if it wanted to stay to capture the special moment. The crew agreed and the proposal was featured on NBC New York later that evening.
“We’re both pretty subdued people, so it was overwhelming — but in a good way,” Schneider said. “Everyone has been so positive and it’s just been very special.”
The bride-to-be described her cushion cut engagement ring as “the dream ring.”
To celebrate the occasion — and Schneider’s birthday, of course — the couple dined afterward at Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, N.J.
Asked if Schneider had any advice for hopeless romantics, she responded with a laugh, “Love is out there, and it could be found on a dating app.”