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Bring out the lingerie, install the dimmer switch, light those scented candles: It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, that one special holiday that celebrates our pink-saturated (mis)conceptions of love and affection.
Sure, greeting-card companies and FTD might make a powerful argument that February 14 is the most
overly sentimental romantic day of the year, but there are many of us who would heartily disagree.
Here, 16 of New York’s coolest couples share their most tender, heartfelt tales. From proposals popped in Italy to goofy inside jokes shared at home, these sweet stories prove that the most meaningful moments are often unexpected — and that grand romantic gestures aren’t dead.
Illustrated by Caitlin Owens.