Reporting Sonia Rincon
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An NYPD cop and a California tourist who met at Macy’s – and later got engaged there – were married Sunday night in the store’s handbag aisle after closing time.
The flagship Macy’s in Herald Square was bursting with blossoms for the annual flower show on Sunday, just like it was two years ago when Moise Naolo and Santina Bowers met while admiring the same display, reports 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.
“I saw her standing there, and I just had to strike up a conversation with her,” Naolo said.
He’s a New York City Police officer; she was a tourist in town from California.
“We exchanged phone numbers,” Naolo said. “We made plans to go dancing the next night.”
A long-distance relationship bloomed, and a year later, they found themselves back at Macy’s. Naolo coordinated with the department store to post a sign at the spot where they met that said, “Santina, will you marry me?”
“I dropped on one knee, as soon as we got to that window,” Naolo said. “I popped the question, and she said, ‘yes, absolutely.’”
Then, Bowers moved to Staten Island.
The folks at Macy’s liked the story so much that they offered to pay for a wedding at the store during this year’s flower show.
Santina picked out a dress from the bridal section – and the floral arrangements were already there.
The couple were married on Sunday night, with about 100 guests in attendance, right in the store’s handbag aisle.