“I admired that confidence,” he said. “Also,” he noted, “she’s beautiful.”
They went on their first outing together the following day. They got coffee. They picked up a plant at a garden store. They walked slowly and deliberately together that day, both because they were deep in conversation and because Mr. Morales had injured his foot skateboarding — a blessing in disguise, one that gave them more time to talk.
“I was very much walking like an old man,” Mr. Morales said.
Such outings, minus the hobbling, have become routine for him and Ms. Svokos. Mr. Morales had long enjoyed improvised exploration — a practice he attributes partly to his time in the Navy. (Mr. Morales served as a Navy parachute rigger for four years starting in the mid-2000s.) These spur-of-the-moment adventures were refreshing to Ms. Svokos, who has traditionally been more of a planner.
“My favorite activity is just walking out the front door with him,” Ms. Svokos said.
Ms. Svokos, now 32, is the supervising producer and video director at the Juilliard School in Manhattan. Mr. Morales, 33, is an art director and designer for MediaMonks, a production company with headquarters in the Netherlands.
Mr. Morales proposed to Ms. Svokos in April 2018. They made plans for a July 2020 wedding, but delayed it a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ms. Svokos and Mr. Morales were married July 2 at the Liberty Warehouse, an events space in Brooklyn. Their marriage was officiated by Joseph Rechichi, an uncle of the bride who was ordained through American Marriage Ministries.