As winter storm Izzy raged on Sunday night (1/16), we posted a stunning photo captured by Laura (@viverenewyork) from the season’s earlier and first snowfall. Written in the white snow was the secret love message “I <3 U.”
Laura had taken the photo on January 7th, around 5:30 a.m. as she was walking by Jane’s carousel in the snowstorm.
She wrote, “I looked around to see who else was there, maybe a couple dancing in the snow… instead, I was alone. I felt all NYC MAGIC. Love is in the air, always.”
With the intended receiver of the message unknown, New Yorkers took to the comments to tag who they wanted to share the message with, resulting in an outpour of love.
However, as the weather continued on and the snow melted, the message was destined to disappear soon after it was written. But after a little teamwork and by some crazy chance, the love message was finally delivered to the proper recipient!
Laura shared a reel on January 17th, explaining the unfolding of events as Sergio, the man who had wrote the message in the snow, reached out to her to share his portion of the story.
Sergio had been by Jane’s carousel early that morning on January 9th and had wrote “I <3 U” in the snow for his girlfriend. After our Instagram post went live, his girlfriend came across the romantic gesture and told Sergio that he should do something sweet like that for her sometime. Little did she know, the message was for her!
“I was in shock because I saw a post that my girlfriend just showed me last night,” said Sergio. “She was saying ‘oh, well you need to do something like that to me next time that it’s snowing.’ And I was like wait, when she showed me the picture I was like hey I think I did that!”
Sergio scrolled through his camera roll and even shared videos of him out by Jane’s carousel that morning of the snowstorm when he wrote the message. He never ended up sending the pictures he took to his girlfriend that day but he wrote the message for her anyway.
Luckily, the love story came full circle after she saw it on Instagram, and the secret love message was finally delivered!
And though it was a whirlwind of events…or shall we say blizzard, we couldn’t be more happy to be a part of the love story.