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Here’s the Love Story of Joanna & Mariah!

“What are your names?
Joanna & Mariah Irizarry

How did you two meet?
Our two mutual friends had wanted to introduce us to each other for about a year. The timing just wasn’t right and each one of us told our friends we weren’t ready to meet someone. Finally, the time felt right and they connected us through Facebook.

What were your first thoughts of each other?
Joanna thought Mariah had a beautiful smile. She had short hair which Joanna wasn't used to but it did intrigue her. Mariah thought Joanna was definitely different from the girls she was used to dating but something just drew her in (possibly her amazing eyebrows lol).

When did you know that she was the one? How did she know that you were the one?
Joanna knew Mariah was special when she went by her house to say hi to her one day and Mariah had gone out in the pouring rain to buy Lil Wayne’s new CD, which Joanna really wanted. She wasn’t expecting Mariah to buy it for her but it was a pleasant surprise when she handed it over to her. Mariah knew Joanna was something special when she treated her to brunch. Mariah wasn’t used to other people taking her out or paying for a meal so it felt nice to know someone genuinely wanted to do that for her. It was a nice surprise for her.

What are Five of the best things about your Lady? Vice Versa.
Mariah is honest, hard working, compassionate, beautiful and thoughtful. Joanna is gorgeous, sweet, funny, loyal and considerate.

What are some of your Lady’s quirks?
What are things about your Lady that drives you a little crazy? Vice Versa.
Mariah has a tendency of not rinsing the dishes before she puts them in the dishwasher so they basically have to be washed by hand when they come out dirty. And that drives Joanna absolutely nuts! Joanna reallyyyy likes to sleep and Mariah gets annoyed when she’s awake and waiting for Joanna to wake up because she gets bored.

If there was a proposal, Quick story of how it happened?
Mariah invited all of our closest friends and family to Joanna’s parents house. They have a backyard with a pool so Joanna thought we were just having a BBQ for her father’s birthday. When we arrived to her parent’s house, there was a bouquet with two dozen roses and a letter waiting for Joanna. The letter spoke about our love story and then told her to come to the backyard. When she went to the backyard, she saw all of our friends and family and Mariah gave a speech, got down on one knee, and proposed to her. And of course Joanna happily said yes.

Name three memorable experiences you’ve been through together as a couple.
We have traveled a lot and all of most memorable experiences have been while we were abroad. When we were only together for 8 months, we traveled to Kerla, India together to volunteer with an Ayurvedic Doctor. After volunteering for a month, we traveled the rest of India as well. On this trip, Mariah surprised Joanna with a promise ring. A few years later, we backpacked Europe and visited The Netherlands, Italy, Paris and Spain. After that we went to Greece for our honeymoon!

How would you describe the dynamic of your relationship?
How would others describe it?
I do not believe we are opposites so that phrase “opposites attract”, really does not refer to us. We are both registered nurses and hard working, both love staying home and relaxing, we laugh every single day and we just understand each other. Joanna is the handyman of the house and fixes everything from light fixtures to furniture and Mariah watches from afar and roots her on. Others would say we are deeply in love and we like to playfully nag each other.

What values are important to you as a couple?
Honesty and communication are what keeps our relationship strong. We have always stayed truthful to each other and devoted. Without communication, I could say we wouldn’t be where we are now.

If you were looking back at this interview in twenty years, what would you want to remember about your life right now?
We would want to remember how insanely happy we are. We have our beautiful 5 month old baby girl, our careers, our home, our dog, a loving and supportive family, and we believe this is the high of our relationship.

Where do you see yourselves in five years?
What are you most looking forward to in your future as a couple?
In 5 years we will be a complete family by hopefully adding a baby into our family, we will both be Nurse Practitioners and hopefully we wont be working as hard so we can devote more time to our family. We are looking forward to watching our daughter grow and learn, staying in love, and continuing to travel.

What does 'Mrs & Mrs' mean to you?
Mrs & Mrs means a commitment between two women. Marriage is not easy but it also doesn’t have to be the hardest aspect of your life. If you stay light hearted and devoted to your partner, you will go far. Our titles as wife and wife are so important in our lives and we want nothing more than to be together forever. ”

Joanna & Mariah!Instagrams: @j0anna__ and @m_a_q

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