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Meet Radcliffe Couple: Miriam + Yondi

April 8, 2020

Where did you meet?

Although we had bumped into each other once or twice at Hillel (Yondi remembers, Miriam does not), we first "really" met at the University of Maryland during our junior year of college. 

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Please describe the proposal. 

Throughout their 4+ year relationship, Miriam had often mentioned that she wanted her family and friends to be there at her engagement. Yondi took this to heart and organized a "proposal party" that was to take place immediately after he proposed. But, as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened with each passing day, he came to realize that his plan would not come to fruition. He wanted to stick with his original date of March 22, 2020--in his own words, "he couldn't wait any longer"--so he quickly devised a new plan in Ocean City, MD where Miriam spends her cherished summers with her family. Amidst a sinking sun, at Fager's Island--one of their favorite spots--Yondi got down on one knee and proposed to Miriam. While Yondi's family and the couple's friend were not there due to the pandemic, Miriam's immediate family was there to capture the moment and celebrate! Additionally, Miriam's sister had compiled a video of congratulatory messages from the couple's close family and friends, who were unable to attend, as an alternative way of fulfilling Miriam's engagement wish! 

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What was the first thing you did after you got engaged?

Facetimed our family and friends! And had some champagne...

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Have you picked a date? Venue? Theme? 

We are hoping for early summer 2021; while we know that we will be getting married in Baltimore, we are still in the process of ironing out those important details. Yondi would love a jungle theme--Miriam would not. Furthermore, a majority Yondi’s extended family lives in Israel, so we are hoping to have a celebration there too! 

What is something you and your fiancé like to do together?

We love trying new recipes and cooking together, long car rides and road trips, country music, comedy shows, Border Collies; while we both come from different Jewish backgrounds we are both very invested in our Jewish roots and enjoy both the history and traditions of our faith.  

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Will you be taking a honeymoon? If so, where and why did you pick that destination?

Of course we will be taking a honeymoon! But where we will be taking our honeymoon is also something we are currently working on. Miriam has long wanted to spend her honeymoon in Greece (her favorite movie is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding [1, definitely not 2]). Yondi--on the other hand--is hoping to convince Miriam that a Maldives vacation is exactly what the couple needs. Simply put, he has been drawn in by the endless Sandal resorts commercials he see while watching the nightly news.

What is a fun fact about you as a couple? 

We met at Costco in College Park, MD.  We started dating in Madrid, Spain.  We were introduced by our couple-friends Zach Grinspoon and Sammy Handler (Zach was Yondi's junior year roommate; Sammy was Miriam's junior year roommate).  We have a pair of matching Stan Smith Adidas shoes.  Our favorite food is Schnitzel.

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