Mike and Carissa met in New York City on the first day of rehearsal for an American National tour of the musical Guys and Dolls. Mike is a California native who moved to New York City to pursue his acting career. Carissa grew up in Florida and always knew she wanted to come to NYC to be a professional dancer.

They broke all the rules and started dating at work! After touring America for 6 months they knew they had something special. They started living together in a tiny apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They love traveling the world together in between performance jobs where they are forced to spend months apart. They find the old cliche to be true: “distance makes the heart grow fonder.” In the summer of 2017 they took a quick weekend trip to Rome. After doing some research, Mike discovered the magical town of Sperlonga. They knew they had stumbled upon something special and couldn’t wait to return.

Secretly, Mike knew it was where he wanted to propose! One year later he brought her back to do just that. And he thanks his lucky starts, she said yes.