Daniel Velez ’11 and Aliza Hernandez ’14

Majors: History / English, Secondary Education
Careers: High School Special Education Teacher / High School English Teacher

Where did you meet?
During a "Little Shop of Horrors" read-through.

Did a classmate introduce you?
No.

Favorite budding SJC courtship memory?​
On our first Valentine's Day, I was scheduled to work at the school gym. However, Daniel brought me dinner and coerced me to skip out on my responsibilities. He blindfolded me, and two hours later, we were in a theatre!

Where was your first date?
After one long night of rehearsals for "Little Shop," we went on to dinner at a popular Dominican restaurant called El Viejo Yayo. 

First movie you saw together?
Danny walked in the middle of a blizzard to take me to see the classic film, "Little Fockers."

The proposal:
Towards the end of his college experience, Daniel unexpectedly went to Italy and was inspired by the most beautiful place he had ever seen. Fast forward six years, and Daniel took me on a Venetian gondola ride, where he popped the question. Afterwards, we toasted in the Palazzetto Pisani, and dined on classic Venetian cuisine. 

What's your message to the SJC community this Valentine's Day?
Enjoy your Valentine's Day!