A match made in (Time Out) heaven

Former TONY single Zach K. shares his proposal story.

TONY lovebirds Amanda and Zach

TONY lovebirds Amanda and Zach Photograph: Sean Gallant (seangallantphotography.com)

It's no secret that we enjoy playing yenta here at TONY. Each time we launch a new TONY Singles package, we hope that the brave readers who put themselves out there find true love—or at least a little romance—so we were thrilled to hear that Web developer (and formerly solo city-dweller) Zach K. is officially off the market.

Zach, 29, appeared in the February 2009 edition of "Date These Singles" and went on more than 25 first dates in the weeks following the piece's debut. Among the lady suitors: 26-year-old high-school English teacher Amanda R., who was drawn to his idea of a perfect first date. "He started by saying that he loves a good horror movie and that it is more fun to cook for two," recalls Amanda. "But then he added that he’d actually be happy to watch paint peel with the right person. I’ve always felt that it’s not the date, it’s the person."

Their first date didn't entail either of the activities Zach had mentioned in his profile—they hit up West Village vegan restaurant Sacred Chow—but the twosome found other commonalities. "After bonding over work, family and an interest in red wine, we realized that in addition to these surface things, we shared many of the same values," says Amanda. That's not to say everything went smoothly at first: "At the end of the night, I was a little bummed that she jumped on the F train before I could kiss her good night," Zach recalls. "I wasn't sure if I'd get another shot, but hoped I would. She blames me for not being fast enough on the draw; I blame the F train."

Fast-forward a little over three years: Zach decided to propose over a custom dinner in a private room at New York Vintners. "[They helped me get] handpicked wines, flowers from a nearby florist and a personalized playlist," gushes the bridegroom-to-be. "They also let me store my guitar there earlier in the week to bring out as a surprise and play her a song before proposing." The plan floored Amanda, who adds that her fiancé also came prepared with a poem he'd written for the occasion, and he arranged for a friend to photograph the whole thing.

"The main thing is that she said yes," says Zach. "I think I can call it a pretty big success." So would we.

Congrats and best wishes to the happy couple!

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