Ilia and Cathy were really good friends in high school, but drifted apart after they both left. At Christmas in 2006, Cathy randomly thought about her old friend Ilia and decided to send him a text. A few days later he called her and they were chatting for hours.
After five years together, Ilia took Cathy to Assagios, the restaurant where they had their first date. He told her how much he loved her, and got down on one knee…just as the waiter came over to take their plates! He congratulated them, and Ilia pointed out Cathy was yet to say yes!
Ilia proposed with a Pandora ring, so Cathy was able to design her own dream engagement ring. She opted for a vintage inspired, cushion-cut, halo ring and is still in awe every time she looks at it. The excited couple spent the next 20 months planning a wedding.