Lin's Love Story Is Just Too Darn Perfect

by Caitlyn Callegari

As you may have already gathered from his social media musings, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife, scientist and attorney, Vanessa Nadal, are the arguably the cutest duo in all of New York City. I don't make that statement lightly, either. Case in point, Miranda has possibility one of the most exhilarating jobs imaginable right now, but still laments over a photo of his wife and son that, "It's hard to leave home sometimes." *Clutches heart* Instances like that make me wonder, how did Miranda meet his wife? Because, I don't know about you, but I'd like to follow their formula. It seems to really be working out for them.

In what is possibly the cutest discovery I have ever made, it turns out that Miranda and Nadal went to the same high school, but were not high school sweethearts. In fact, in a New York Times article from 2010, announcing Miranda's marriage to Nadal, it appears that their relationship started with an endearingly sweet unrequited crush on his side of things. Miranda told the Times this about his wife, "She was gorgeous and I’m famously bad at talking to women I find attractive. I have a total lack of game."

Dare I say he was... helpless?

According to the New York Times, the two went their separate ways for college, but even years later Miranda simply couldn't let her go once he happened upon the M.I.T. graduate's (seriously, how impressive can one couple be?) Facebook profile. The fact that Nadal "listed hip-hop and salsa as interests" gave Miranda the ammunition he needed to invite her to his freestyle show.

His initial attempt to win Nadal over failed, but the two finally got together when he invited her to another show, where Nadal admits to becoming smitten with him and his vivacious spirit and abundant talent. They ended up going to an after-party together, and, as in all good rom-coms, eventually the crowd cleared, and they were left alone together. "I very coolly said, 'All right, you’re going to come over to my house tonight, and we’re going to play Grand Theft Auto and watch the Jay Z movie and listen to Marc Anthony," Miranda recalled. (FYI, they were both big Grand Theft Auto fans.)

And, as they say, the rest is history. While the New York Times helped to document the beginning of their story, Manuel and Nadal have done an especially good job at showing us just how well everything has progressed between them. Here is proof that their love story continues to be as epic today as it was at the start.

Taking It Back Just A Few Years, Miranda Gave Nadal The Most Thoughtful, Lin-Manuel-esque Wedding Gift Imaginable

He wrote this as the explanation for the performance in the video caption,

My surprise for my wife Vanessa on our wedding day. All of Vanessa's close friends and family rehearsed for a month in secret, leading up to the reception. What we lack in polish, we hopefully make up for in joy and love. In any event, everyone in this video has one thing in common: We'd do anything to show Vanessa how much we love her.


They Keep Things Fresh With Some Punny Humor

You guys...

They're A Great, Collaborative Team

In an interview with Broadway World, it was revealed that Nadal was actually the true mastermind behind women getting the right to rap in Hamilton. Though she did give her husband major kudos for his female inclusion. She said,

Lin is attuned to the female roles, but I did push him a little bit. He's very empathetic and good at putting himself in other people's shoes and think that's why he can write women in a way that other men can't.

True that.

They Look Like They Have The Best Time Together

They make marriage look like a blast.

They Have The Most Entertaining Twitter Banter

Not pictured: The impressive GIF war they got into after his last quip.

They Include Each Other, Even In The Little Things

A perfect example of the delightful juxtaposition of their personalities.

Perhaps Most Importantly, They Support One Another

In a rough business, that makes all the difference.

I only have one question left for Miranda: When will he make the love story between himself and Nadal into a Broadway sensation? Because I will be the first in line for tickets. With bells on and tissues in hand.