Couple of the Week: Catherine Natalie Hernandez and Andrew Emmanuel Deleon

Our new Couple of the Week go way back. By back, we’re talking about middle school.

What began as a friendship between Catherine Natalie Hernandez and Andrew Emmanuel Deleon would grow into something more throughout the years. Catherine (whose nickname is Natalie) and Andrew attended the same high school and were almost inseparable. Years later and the couple is now engaged and have a beautiful daughter together.

Below is Natalie and Andrew’s love story:

How did you two meet?

Natalie: Andrew was my brother’s best friend at the time in middle school and he had come over our house to do some homework with him. We ended up playing basketball and talking to each other that night. We thought each other were cute.

Natalie, what drew you to Andrew?

The first time I saw him, I thought he was a cutie. He was my brother’s friend and had came over to do some homework with him when I first met him. We started to say hi to each other and once we went to high school, we became best friends. We were brought up the same way and found out we had a lot in common. The best thing about him is his personality and how funny he is.

Andrew, what drew you to Natalie?

I’ve always had a thing for girls with glasses. I thought she was cute. But when I realized what a great person she was, I couldn’t stay away from her. We had created a friendship that would last a lifetime.

Natalie, when did you know Andrew was the right person for you?

I don’t know if it was just because he was my first love and I was a teenager, but just looking at him made me smile. Even walking up to him, I couldn’t help but smile… always. He was one of the reasons I got up and made it to high school on time [Laughs]. We always got along and I haven’t shared so many laughs and memories with anyone else. We were best friends before anything. I had always hoped he would be my husband and the father of my kids.

Andrew, when did you know Natalie was the right person for you?

Ever since high school, we always spoke about our views about kids and marriage. It was so unbelievable all the things we had in common. It was those four years that I had to decide if she was the one for me – and she was.

Tell us about the day of the proposal.

Andrew: It was the most nerve-wracking day of my life. I had no idea what to say. We were on a cruise and I didn’t know if I was seasick or just super nervous. We went to the captain’s dinner and after proposing, I was so relieved and happy she said yes.

Natalie:

We had gone on a cruise to Mexico, and were at the Captain’s dinner. Everyone was dressed up and we were all having a good night. I looked over at Andrew and asked him if he was okay because he didn’t look very good. I asked if he needed to step out to the bathroom and he said ‘Yea,’ so I got up to go with him to make sure he was okay. He was holding my hand and I told him, “Babe, I don’t think this is the way to the bathroom” and he turned around and got everyone’s attention, since he is always being funny. I asked him what he was doing; I felt a bit embarrassed until I realized what he was doing! In a very nervous voice, he said ‘Catherine Natalie Hernandez, I love you with every ounce of my heart. Would you marry me?’ And I said, ‘Of course!’ and hugged him.

Natalie, what went through your head after he asked you?

I was so nervous. I felt like I didn’t know how to react. I wanted to cry, but I was too happy. We both couldn’t stop smiling. I was in shock. I had no idea since we were around each other so much. It was the perfect time, at a great place.

Tell us about your wedding plans. How’s that going?

Andrew: We haven’t spoken about it much. We’re just enjoying the fact that we’re engaged for now and I’m okay with it if we’re engaged for 20 more years. I would be blessed just to have her in my life.

Natalie: We are in no rush to plan the wedding. We want to plan out a few things in our life first and I would like to focus on finishing school before focusing on planning a wedding. After all, you only get married once and I would like it to be perfect.

What are you most looking forward to after you’re married?

Andrew: I’m looking forward to doing what we are doing now – just being ourselves. Marriage shouldn’t change you. Why should we change? I’ll continue to be the same goofy me and love her until death do us part – and beyond.

Natalie: I'm definitely looking forward to having his last name and staying as happy as we are now. I agree with Andrew when it comes to the thought of marriage – it shouldn’t change anything. If anything, I hope it makes it stronger and better. We love each other and that’s what counts. I hope we keep it as fun and as unique as we have it now for many more years to come.

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