Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pizza Arrived, and Delivery Involved Something Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pizza Arrived, and Delivery Involved Something Extra

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Byline: Robyn Brody

Alex Chavez and Eric Bialik went to rival high schools. Alex is a Stanton graduate and Eric is a Paxon alumnus. They had so many mutual friends, but their paths never crossed until they met in Orlando years later. They became Facebook friends, but that was about it. Many more years passed until they discovered both were new residents of Tampa. They connected there in 2012 and that's when their relationship took off quickly.

Alex said it was the first time in her life she felt carefree and didn't have to overthink things.

"He made me feel super comfortable," Alex said.

Alex fell in love with Eric's kind-hearted nature: "He is such a good friend to everyone. Everyone thinks Eric is their best friend. I felt like he would move mountains to help other people."

Eric realized he was in love by the way Alex took care of her family, her values and how seriously she took her profession.

"Wow, this is what growing up feels like," he said and added, "I love how smart she is, I love how balanced she is. I love how she is so grounded."

One thing they definitely had in common was their love for pizza, which they ordered on a regular basis. Eric knew he wanted to incorporate pizza into his proposal. He had it all worked out with the delivery man. The four pizzas would arrive and Eric would come out on the front porch and spell out YES? with pepperonis. He needed a distraction while he worked on this, especially since they had a doorbell camera. He arranged for Alex's sister to call her to keep her occupied. When everything was set up, Eric called for Alex to come outside. Eric was on one knee waving the ring in the air and the pizza boxes were open. Alex was still talking to her sister and exclaimed, "I think I am being proposed to." She said yes, and the pizza delivery guy was there to photograph it all.

Eric and Alex were married on Oct. 22 at the Rialto Theater in Tampa. They combined special traditions from their diverse backgrounds - Eric is Jewish and Alex is Catholic. …

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