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How Did Gio Benitez and Tommy Didario Meet?

Dinesh Shrestha

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Gio Benitez and Tommy DiDario have been in a relationship since 2015.

Just one year after their first meet-up, the couple decided to get married and eventually shared their self-written wedding vows in front of friends and family members.

As a result, many of their followers were curious to know how Gio Benitez and Tommy DiDario met.

Gio Benitez and Tommy DiDario’s First Date Was Virtual

Both are from the Television industry, but initially, they met through Instagram. They both were avid social media users and had a perfect virtual first meeting on Instagram.

Then the pair decided to meet for a drink and realized this was more than a ‘like’ online. They instantly clicked with each other.

By the second date, they were in constant contact, chatting and having fun. It was the first time they experienced true love, and from that moment, their adventure started.

Since then, they have been inseparable. The couple went on several vacations and experienced everything New York City had to offer.

It was clear that the couple had found their soulmates in one another.

One month after their first meeting, Benitez was already on the lookout for an engagement ring and began to plan a secret proposal in Paris with photographer Pierre Torset.

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Gio Benitez Proposed To Tommy DiDario In Paris

On September 17, 2015, in the morning on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower serving as a backdrop, Benitez devised a secret plan to ask Tommy to share the rest of his life with him.

He’d met the guy just nine months earlier, but there was no doubt that the two were meant to be together.

Everything was working out perfectly when DiDario reluctantly accepted his request to visit Eiffel Tower early in the morning.

Benitez’s photographer, Pierre, was ready to capture the emotional moment with his camera. He stood at the bridge pretending to be a tourist, taking pictures.

Then Benitez knelt down to one knee and said, “time is what’s left behind in the wake of love. Thomas Gabriel DiDario Jr., will you marry me?.”

Gio-Benitez- knelt down on one knee and proposed to Tommy DiDario at Eiffel Tower [Photo: Instagram]

The American broadcaster was so nervous and vulnerable at the time, beyond anything he had experienced to that point. At that moment, his heart was in his throat with the realization that anything could happen.

Benitez’s nervousness turned into happiness when Tommy replied with an emphatic “Yes!”

He knew that his boyfriend would only ask this question once in his lifetime to the most caring, loving, brilliant, and supportive gorgeous man.

Waited For Their Family To Wake Up to Share The News

The couple couldn’t wait to share the news with their family.

Benitez and DiDario waited for their moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and cousins to wake up in America to convey the news.

Just hours later, he received the first picture from the photographer. Benitez also hadn’t decided when and how to share the great news with his family.

Although, he couldn’t stop himself from posting the moment of pure joy and bliss on social media. The post went viral, and many people shared it.

Gio Benitez and Tommy DiDario married on April 2016 [Photo: Instagram]

People messaged and congratulated the couple from all around the world, and they were grateful.

He felt like he was the luckiest man alive at the moment just by the thought of being able to spend this precious time on Earth committed to the love of his life.

Gio Benitez and Tommy DiDario Got Married In 2016

Gio Benitez and Tommy DiDario married in an intimate wedding ceremony on April 16, 2016. The couple exchanged self-written wedding vows at the historic Walton House before sunset in front of 165 guests, including friends and family.

“It’s so special to see how excited our friends and family have been about this wedding,” said Benitez. They both wore a groom’s J.Crew tuxes and custom-made ties for their special day.

The two started the party with their first dance after their first kiss as husbands. They danced to Il Volo’s cover of ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from Disney’s The Lion King.

They were honored by many members of Benitez’s extended news family, including Shepard Smith, Sam Champion, Martha Raddatz, and others.

Just a day later, he shared his wedding videos on his Instagram. After their union, they were blown away by all the love thrown their way prior to heading to Bali for the honeymoon.

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“I used to be one of those guys who never really thought about marriage, and then I met Tommy,” Benitez told People. However, they were now commemorating their sixth anniversary as a married couple.