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The Cutest Big Cuban Engagement Story

by Bryce Gruber

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We love this couple, and their adorably big Cuban engagement story is a real tear-jerker, and one of our favorite featured engagements ever. When Cessie Cerrato, a publicist, met Manuel Cabrera, a private wealth manager, in Miami three years ago, they knew it was meant to be.

“Miami was home for him, as it was for me, but six months earlier I had taken the plunge to move to New York City to follow my dream of living here,” Cessie told us. “I was traveling to Miami because my grandfather passed away on and I had to fly in for his funeral. I ended up staying in Miami the whole week because the following week was my good friend’s wedding, also in Miami, and I was a bridesmaid. Manny and I met at the rehearsal.”

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Cessie, aside from still reeling from the death of her beloved grandfather, was stressed about her role in her friend’s wedding, too. She didn’t know where or when she was supposed to walk, and at some point during the rehearsal, just let go. “While I was sitting with the bridesmaids one of my friends pointed Manny out to me as being a good looking guy that perhaps was single. I rolled my eyes and brushed it off assuming he probably had a girlfriend, was married or was what we girls in Miami call ‘a typical Miami guy’ — which I wanted nothing to do with.  Once the ceremony was over, all the bridesmaids prompted to walk back to the aisle and meet their partner to walk out. At that point, I still had no idea who I was walking with. I stepped into the aisle and looked up and there was Manny. He smiled, shook my hand, introduced himself and told me he would be walking me down the aisle. He really was walking me down the aisle as he was my designated partner.”

At the rehearsal dinner, Manny ended up seated next to Cessie, and by the end of the night, the two had totally hit it off and ended up dating long distance for six months until he moved to New York City.

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It gets even more special though — because the two truly feel like their special Cuban engagement story was a gift from Heaven, literally. Cessie’s grandfather had passed just days before the couple met, and his surname was also Cabrera, just like Manny’s.

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“Manny’s last name is Cabrera, the same as my grandfather who was Reemberto Cabrera,” said Cessie. “When we get married I will have the same last name as my grandfather, my mother’s maiden name, and I think it’s his way of making sure I know he had something to do with this.”

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Her grandfather was also a jeweler, so the couple plans to incorporate several of his pieces into their wedding day, as well as the the obvious musts like salsa dancing, croquetas, and Materva, a traditional Cuban soda drink.

“My grandfather was a jeweler in Miami for over 25 years, and had a storefront until he was forced to shut it down as he got older and his health suffered. Manny purchased the diamond and the setting from the same diamond wholesaler in Miami that my grandfather used to work with and the gentleman remembered me and couldn’t stop reminiscing about how I used to spend my summers at my grandfather’s office, running up and down the jewelry store when I was a little girl. The fact that he somehow still incorporated my grandfather into the process, made me so happy.”

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Their big Cuban engagement (obviously a successful proposal!) ended up taking place by New York City’s waterfront, using the gorgeous skyline as the best possible backdrop of all time.
Photos by Yania Perez
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