Amber solo: "Amber reminds me of my mom. She is very calm and doesn't anger quickly. My mother never allowed anyone to disrespect her. I admired that in my mother and was fortunate to find that Amber possessed the same qualities," says Donovan.
Donovan solo. "Don is the man I envisioned spending the rest of my life with," says Amber.
Both Donovan and Amber agree that marriage has humbled them and made them more patient. "Now that we are married, it's important that we remember what we want out of this union," says Amber.
Donovan and Amber Casanave, strollin'.
Amber and Donovan Casanave in front of Brooklyn's Habana Outpost.
The classic Casanaves.
"In 30 years from now, I want to still be opening doors for her and closing down stores so she can shop. I want that romantic side to last. My parents have been married for 46 years and they still hold hands when they go places together," says Donovan.
On the C train. "It was hard being apart for so long," says Amber, who is now living in Houston, Texas with Donovan. "I'm getting used to Houston. I've had to start driving again!"
On the Brooklyn bridge. The Casanaves attended pre-marital counseling before getting married to ensure they would be armed with the proper tools to deal with life's challenges. "We learned the biblical principals of marriage. We work at it every day, and it is making us stronger."
"I knew he was the one before he did," says Amber.
Amber left her native NYC for Houston, for love.
Donovan "feared that East Coast lifestyle," but the newlyweds made Texas their home from the start.
WELCOME TO BROOKLYN, Casanaves!
"The wedding was phenomenal," says Donovan. "When I walked into the room with my 11 groomsmen, everyone's mouth dropped. My buddy still talks about it. What guy sits around talking about a wedding?"
"I can't imagine not having Don in my life," says Amber.
"The first time I met her, I knew there was something about this girl that makes me need to know her," says Donovan.
"When I walk through the door after a long day, it's like we are two teenagers. We drop everything and run into each other's arms," says Donovan.