Love in the midst of Carnival...
Love found its way onto a Carnival stage yet again, as a young couple who met at Miami Carnival two years ago agreed to become husband and wife following an extravagant proposal live on stage at Miami Carnival 2023 using the latest drone technology and produced by LunaLite Limited.
Paris Vazquez and Shivani Ramjit met briefly in 2021 at Miami Carnival, which became the first Carnival to return after the pandemic. Paris told Overtime Media the amazing story:
"I met Shivani in Miami Carnival 2021 as we were both playing with Gen X Mas. Our interaction was short and sweet, but afterward we kept in touch by phone. However, she lived in New Jersey and I was living in Florida at the time. Over the course of two months, our daily conversations made it evident to both of us that we shared a special connection."
Making an effort...
Vazquez said he planned a first date in Florida, which had to be postponed due to her father's unfortunate illness. He then made a spontaneous decision to surprise her with a visit to New Jersey. Needless to say, making the trip and spending just about two hours out with her before returning to his home solidified the connection and their romance continued to grow via "countless hours of phone calls and video chats". Then, on Christmas Day, he decided to take things up a notch and somehow convinced Soca stars, Patrice Roberts and Kees Dieffenthaller to help him ask her to be his girlfriend.
They asked on his behalf and she definitely said yes and thus their journey as a couple began officially...
The Proposal @ Miami Carnival
Fast forward to 2023 and Vazquez is now totally in-love and plans an elaborate show to ask Shivani to marry him on the Miami Carnival stage, but as fate and Carnival energy would have it, Shivani almost missed the whole thing! She recalled:
"In the immediate moment, I was totally overwhelmed with emotion in the most positive way. I'm not typically the crying type and I never saw myself as the person to cry during a proposal, but it really took me by surprise actually though. Funny thing is... I almost missed it by not paying attention.
"I saw the Trinidad flag pop up in the sky as he pointed to it, and I just said, wow, that looks so cool and then proceeded to turn away. It wasn't until he literally held and pointed my head up at the sky and I began to see the words 'will you' forming, that my emotions took over.
Then I was filled with so much happiness because I knew what was coming next."