Smita and Sameer’s tale begins amid the vibrant energy of UC San Diego where their paths initially crossed. While they were familiar faces on campus, destiny orchestrated a more meaningful encounter in December 2016 during a Bay Area rendezvous. Smita, navigating her way to a gathering at Dave & Busters in Milpitas, found herself engaged in lively conversation with Sameer at the bar, although the debate over who initiated the chat remains a charming mystery. Transitioning from banter at the bar to a spirited game of skee ball, they effortlessly wove a connection that lingered long after the night's magic. A year passed, and their lives took separate turns until September 2017 when Smita relocated to the Bay Area for studies at CSU East Bay. A chance recognition of an East Bay sunset on Snapchat brought them back into each other's orbit. Coincidentally converging at a New Year's Eve bash in 2017, they reignited their connection, leading Sameer to make the bold move of asking Smita out on a date. The hesitant agreement marked the beginning of a blossoming friendship. Their first official date unfolded at Mieko, a sushi haven in Pleasanton, in January 2018. As they spent more time together playing pool, watching movies, sharing music, and meeting each other’s friends, the spark deepened. In September 2018, Sameer proposed a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara over Labor Day, a trip that became a pivotal point in their journey. Amid beachside explorations and shared laughter, Smita realized she envisioned growing old with Sameer, which she was courageous enough to share with him before the trip ended. On December 8, 2018, Sameer officially asked Smita to be his girlfriend in downtown San Francisco during the iconic Santa Con event. The heartfelt moment, shared on a planter, drew the attention of passing police officers, who humorously suggested finding a more private space. In September 2019, they moved in together in Saratoga, CA. They had a few short months of avid exploration before the pandemic hit and enabled them to share their love of cooking and food and gaining weight together in solidarity ☺️ Despite the distance imposed by Smita's move to Toledo, OH for medical school in June 2020, their love persevered. Sameer bridged the gap, relocating to Toledo in May 2021. The culmination of their journey arrived in October 2021 when they purchased their first home, solidifying their commitment to nurturing their love and growing old together. Sameer proposed to Smita in Paris on August 24, 2022 💖 Check out the video above to watch the proposal!