Couple of the Week: Diana Karina Cordova and Victor Hugo Cobo III

The story of our new Couple of the Week begins with a bachata dance - actually, not really.

Back in college, Victor Hugo Cobo, III met Diana Karina Cordova at a party held by her sorority and asked her for a dance. The Salvadoran-American respectfully declined because she had a boyfriend at the time. Though there was no dance, both forged a friendship that would grow throughout the next few years, and later morph into a committed relationship. 

Now, Cobo (who is of Ecuadorian descent) and Cordova, both 24, live together in New York City, are happily engaged, and even have a dog of their own (see: adorable photo of the three below).

Read our Couple of the Week's story below:

How did you two meet?

Victor: We first met in college in 2007 at Diana’s sorority party, as we were both members of Latino Greek organizations. I introduced myself to her and, as native New Yorkers we naturally clicked. I ended up asking her to dance a bachata song with me. She respectfully declined because she had a boyfriend at the time. However, we continued to keep in contact and became good friends despite living two hours away from each other.

Diana: The first time I met Victor was at an after-party for an event my sorority held. I remember how fast I noticed his New York accent and we immediately started talking about what part of New York he was from. We talked a little before he asked me to dance and I still regret saying “no” because now I know what a great bachata dancer he is. We occasionally saw each other at events over the next few years and he ended up becoming one of my best friends. I still tease him about our first conversation and how I said no. Thankfully, he never held it against me.  

Diana, what drew you to Victor?

Anyone who knows Victor can tell you he has a big personality and great sense of humor. I am naturally someone who is quiet in social settings so the fact that I was able to have such great conversations with him from the beginning was a big deal. Since we started dating, not a day has gone by that Victor has not made me laugh. Whether he is singing me a crazy song or dancing around our apartment, he always makes me smile.

Victor, what drew you to Diana?

One of the first things that attracted me to Diana was her down-to-earth personality. Despite being quiet at first, she warmed up to my jokes and turned out to have a strong sense of humor as well. Those who know Diana well can tell you that she is a major goofball. I was also taken aback by how smart and dedicated she was to her studies. This was a turn-on for me, as I knew that she would one day make a big impact on the world.

Diana, when did you know that Victor was the right person for you?

When I decided I wanted to go to Columbia for graduate school, I worked hard to make it happen. I remember being really worried about discussing my move to New York City with Victor. Here I was moving 1,000 miles away while he still had another year left in Florida. When I told him the news, he was immediately happy for me and proud of me. He never let the conversation get negative and proceeded to brag about my achievement. I knew right then that we would make it work and I would always have someone who wanted me to succeed by my side.

Victor, when did you know that Diana was the right person for you?

We clicked from day one. Everything always felt natural with Diana and as our relationship grew stronger, I knew that she would be an amazing woman to grow old with. I am very family-oriented and I know that she will be an exceptional mother. I cannot think of anyone else I’d rather share my future success with.

Tell us about the day of the proposal.

Victor: We had been planning a trip to Barcelona, Spain for a few months and I booked a hotel that had a 360-degree view of the city. Neither one of us had ever been to Europe, so I think Diana was just so excited to be there. She had no clue that I was going to propose. When we finally made it to the hotel, we were told we had to wait two hours to check in. I asked the hotel staff to hold our luggage and took Diana to the rooftop. I found a cozy spot where I was able to read her something I wrote. After taking in the city from the great view, I got down on one knee and proposed.  She said yes – the rest is history.

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

Honestly, I cannot remember what I was thinking. I was in shock. I was suspicious before we left, but I had no clue that he was going to propose when we first arrived. I must have taken a million pictures on that rooftop and I did not even notice when he kept walking away to find a private area. As if going to Europe for the first time together wasn’t enough, he made it a special moment I will never forget.

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

Diana: I understand why people spend money on wedding planners now. There are so many decisions to consider that I never thought about before. Thankfully, both of our families are supportive and try to relieve us of any stress. I can’t imagine doing this without those who love us helping us out. Victor’s mom actually found my wedding dress, which was really exciting. My mom flew up from Florida last month to see the dress, so it really is a family-wide effort. We are still working on finalizing details for the big day.

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

Diana: Once the wedding is over, we’ll be starting a new chapter in our life together. We keep talking about the trips abroad we want to take after the wedding is over and we don’t have to save all of our money. I’m just excited to see what our next adventure together will be – whether it’s living in a new city, or getting a new puppy to play with Rocky.

Victor: I look forward to continuing to grow with Diana. We have shared our ambitions with each other. In starting a new life together as a married couple, we will help fulfill these dreams. We’re both excited to watch our family grow in a couple of years (we already have our dog, Rocky) and raise our children with love.