As two Parker lifers, Carrie Snyder ‘97 and Victor Vilaplana ‘96 grew up together. Despite being a grade apart, they ended up in Mrs. Pope’s pre-calculus class during Victor’s senior year and quickly developed a friendship.
“At first she thought I was trying to copy her math homework, but really I just wanted to talk to her,” said Victor.
They started dating that summer, soon after Victor graduated from Parker and right before he moved north to start his freshman year at Stanford. Carrie attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, and the two eventually reunited in New York City where they lived together for three years.
It was at their place in New York where Victor proposed to Carrie, who came home from her job as an investment banker at 11 pm to find Victor sitting on the couch, still dressed in his work clothes.
“Everything was off,” said Carrie, who recalled being confused and wondering whether her boyfriend were not about to break up with her.
Victor then presented her with a Barbie Volkswagen Beetle and insisted over and over that she “open the trunk.”
“I put the ring in the trunk,” said Victor, who eventually slid off the couch and down onto one knee to propose to his high school sweetheart.
The two wed on July 3, 2004 at the Catholic church Carrie grew up attending and celebrated with family and friends at a ceremony on Coronado Island, looking out at the San Diego skyline in the background.
Carrie and Victor now have two children at the Lower School, their daughter Olivia and son David.
“It’s unbelievable. I drop my kids off in the mornings and I remember being my daughter’s age walking around,” said Victor. “It’s super humbling. We feel immensely fortunate that our kids get to go here. It was an important and meaningful part of our lives.”
“I was fortunate at 17 to meet my best friend in the whole world and Parker allowed me to do that,” added Carrie. “He is absolutely my soulmate, he is absolutely the person I want to spend my entire life with. I feel so fortunate that I was put in the situation that at such a young age I was able to meet my best friend.”
Victor feels the same way.
“Carrie has always been a wonderful friend and an amazing partner. We make a really good team. We’re just a really great match for each other,” said Victor. “We’ve been together so long, it’s pretty amazing that we’re more in love now than we’ve ever been. It’s a testament to all of the hard work and effort and love that she puts into our relationship and our family.”