-- This isn’t a fairy tale. It’s the true story of a woman from Huntington Beach, California, who fell in love after asking a question of a Swiss Guard while on vacation at the Vatican.
Miranda Emde, 31, had written down 16 requirements for her future husband in April 2013 -- among them, that he be a “chivalrous knight” who was “noble, dignified and humble,” and that he be “comfortable in his own skin.”
“I had narrowed it down from about 50, and I knew I would never compromise on my list,” Emde told ABC News.
“My mom forced me to go up to this Swiss Guard at the St. Anne’s Gate [at the Vatican] and ask him his advice on living here,” Emde said. “We had a spark right away and there was something different about his demeanor I’ve never seen before.”
The spark from the first time they met turned into a flame.
“Within three days on my second trip there, I knew I was going to marry him,” said Emde.
That trip included a surprise by Binaghi: a private mass and a meeting with Pope Francis, ABC News station KABC reported.
"It was one of the best moments of my life, just being there at the mass with him and 20 other people," Emde told KABC.
Binaghi proposed on May 16, but not before asking Emde’s father for permission.
“My dad asked Jonathan what the meaning of love is and he said, ‘Love is completely giving yourself to someone else and asking for nothing in return,’” Emde told ABC News.
Binaghi passes all 16 requirements on Emde’s list, “and then some,” according to Emde.
“It’s still surreal that this is my life,” said the bride-to-be. “I hope my story gives women inspiration [so] they can stick to their list and keep their standards.”