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Stacy Klein, vice-president, commodity-derivatives marketing, & TJ Bittel, vice-president, public finance. Marrying July 5, 2014.

“We were supposed to fly to Ohio that day, but TJ told me our flight was delayed and that we should kill time by walking over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was where we had our first kiss. When he proposed, I had no idea I was being photographed. In my mind, this was my private moment with him, and I was trying so hard to listen to every word and take mental notes. We were both crying, but he likes to tell everyone it was just the rain. After dinner that night, I found out we weren’t going to Ohio—but to Paris.”

Photo: Raquel Langworthy of Raquel Bianca Creative

Stacy Klein and TJ Bittel

Photo: Raquel Langworthy of Raquel Bianca Creative

Emmanuel Ijeh, software engineer, & Omokhuwa Igetei, registered nurse. Marrying August 9, 2014.

“My job keeps me really busy, so I hired a proposal planner to arrange everything: the string quartet, the roses, the photographer. My only plan was not to be nervous, but I still had butterflies. When she said yes, I put the ring on her right hand. She was like, ‘Babe, are you sure it goes on that hand?’ I got it right the second time.”

Photo: Rebecca Yale for the Heart Bandits

Jay McBain, software-company founder, & Michelle Ragusa, customer-service manager. Married July 4, 2013.

“It was my 40th birthday and Michelle surprised me with skydiving, so I decided to surprise her back with a proposal. We were almost at 10,000 feet and 30 seconds from opening the door, and I grabbed her hand. She thought I was just trying to calm her down, but then out comes the ring. The funniest sight was watching her goggles fill up with tears. She said yes, handed the ring to the pilot, the door flings open, and suddenly the guy is pushing her out of the plane.”

Photo: Courtesy of the subjects

Anne Monoky, editor, & Curt Goldman, liquor-company president. Married September 29, 2012.

“It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and we went for a run in Central Park like we often do. At one point, Curt stopped and started acting a little awkward. He feigned an injury, and I was like, ‘Get up. What are you doing?’ Then I realized he was getting down on one knee.”

Photo: Kara Pearson

Alexander Loucopoulos, private-equity executive, & Graciela Loucopoulos, architect. Married May 3, 2008.

“My wife loved space camp as a little girl, so I decided to propose to her in zero gravity. You take a special 727 airplane that simulates negative-G, so you can float weightlessly for periods of time. The crew helped me make sure the ring wouldn’t float away. It was a great beginning, and I still plan on taking her to space someday.”

Photo: Courtesy of the subjects

Lexi Ritsch, general manager, bar, & Kim Stolz, vice-president, derivative sales. Married June 15, 2013.

“I tried to propose a few times, but kept getting foiled. Finally, I told Kim to meet me at Jean-Georges. She was like, ‘What do you mean? It’s Monday, I’m in a flannel.’ I made her order lobster and then demanded that she marry me. About a month later, she re-proposed to me. A lot of our friends do two-way proposals like that, so everyone feels special.”

Photo: Courtesy of the subjects

Craig Jones, financial consultant, & Allison Jones, textile designer. Married March 23, 2013.

“I figured I’m only going to propose once—it should be done right. So I hired a choreographer and dancers, and a high-school marching band that came in four school buses to Bryant Park. Allison and I had talked about getting married, so she might have expected a proposal, but I knew she wouldn’t expect a marching band.”

Photo: Courtesy of the subjects

Carl Henry Nacht (left) West Side Highway and 38th Street. After dinner on June 22, 2006, Nacht, a doctor who often cycled to make house calls to his elderly patients, was hit by an NYPD tow truck crossing the Hudson River Park bikeway.

Shamar Porter Linden Boulevard near Williams Avenue, East New York. On August 5, 2006, Porter’s Little League team won its playoff game. He was struck by a minivan after leaving the field.

Reginald Chan (left) Third Avenue and 17th Street. On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey Houston and Essex Streets. On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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