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Monday, January 31, 2011

Recently Engaged: Katie & Dustin

A trip to Watson Lake where all signs pointed to yes.

Posted on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 3:12 PM

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Our special moment started with quite the long road trip. I was working in Alberta for the summer and Katie was going to school at the Mount. So we spent almost 6 months apart before we finally got to see each other.

We had planned a road trip with her sister and husband to Alaska. Along the way was a town called Watson Lake, YK, home to the famous signpost forest. At the forest there are over 80,000 signs from people who have visited. The signs have travellers' names on them stating where they are from and how far from Watson Lake they have come. Our plan was to put up a sign to add to the growing amount. However, come the day of the big trip from Grande Prairie, AB to Watson Lake, YK (which is a 11 hour drive). We boarded without a sign for us to add to the collection, but I had an ace up my sleeve and I'll get to that later.

We got into Watson Lake about an hour before sunset so the sun was just going down as we arrived, which only added to the special plan I had in place. We first checked into our beautiful bed and breakfast on Watson Lake. Then drove back into the town to go to the signpost forest. We got out with only my sister-in-law and her husband's sign. Which was a sad thing for Katie since she had wanted so badly to put up her own sign. I had to tell her I was sorry and that we will try and get up here again sometime. We walked around the forest just looking at signs. Finally, with about 10 minutes of light left, I spotted the blue sign I had made up and shipped up to Watson Lake for us to find. We made our way over and I quickly said "Honey look at this sign!" To her amazement it had our names on it, where we were from, and there on the bottom: "Will you Marry Me?" She turned around to find me on one knee waiting with the ring in hand. First thing she said to me was "did you ask my mom?" I laughed and said I had and then she said yes. With tears in our eyes I slipped the ring on her finger. We were later told that we were the 1st to purpose at the signpost forest.

*As told by Dustin Widdifield, with edits.

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Recently Engaged: Amanda & James

When one proposal just won't do.

Posted on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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In August 2007 James left for military basic training. It was a long 4 months before I saw him again. During that time, like all women, I spent a little bit of time in the jewellery stores. I spied the engagement rings, and my heart was set. I knew then, as I had known for a long time, this was the man I wanted to marry. During one of our few short phone conversations while he was away, the subject came up, and it was silently indicated that we both wanted the same thing.

When he came home for Christmas he went to my mother and father and asked their permission, after teasing him a bit, my mother and father gave it and we went ring shopping. He proposed one night while I was getting ready for work, after having had dinner together with him and my family.

One thing that always bothered him was how rushed the situation was, and so he started proposing again in all the ways he would've liked to. Over the months he proposed again on a pier along the Halifax waterfront, again in the new apartment I found him, and again after a beautiful dinner, just to name a few. All of these were done to re-solidify the decisions that may have at first seemed hasty, but the more he proposed, the more it became clear it was very well thought out on his end.

Often these 're-proposals' would occur shortly after returning from trips. In total he spent almost 21 months out of his first 24 months in the military away from home, with many occasional stops back into Halifax, and many trips back out, but most of the times he would return, there would be a new proposal, each one reminding me just how much he loved me, so I never would forget. After a hectic sailing schedule, training courses, and a million proposals, we are finally able to plan the wedding.

*As told by Amanda Cooper, with edits.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Recently Engaged: Lynn & Robinson

Making new memories in an old home.

Posted on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia. My parents lived in the house I grew up in for 32 years and I have many beloved memories growing up there with my family. When my parents could no longer look after our turn of the century home, the house was sold to a lovely couple from Ontario who bought it for a Bed and Breakfast. They renovated the house back to its original glory with historic colors, hardwood floors, and antique furniture. While visiting my hometown this December, my boyfriend and I planned to stop into my old house and talk to the owners... we were welcomed and sat down to share a glass of wine. We went on a tour of the house, and after entering my old bedroom, he got down on one knee and proposed. I was blown away that he knew this was the perfect place to ask me. I still get teary when I think of it.

*As told by Lynn Kenny.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Recently Engaged: Rachel & Daniel

On the worst day of her life, he turned that frown upside down.

Posted on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Daniel and I are High School Sweethearts and have been building our life together for 7 years now. We’ve known for some time that we’d one day get married, and I was very excitedly looking forward to the day when he would ask me to be his wife.

Our engagement came on a day that couldn't have gone any worse. As I drove home from work on a stifling day in July, Dan called to let me know that he had to work late that evening. Almost immediately after I hung up my phone, my car began sputtering and losing power, just as I went under an overpass, with nowhere to pull over. Panicked, I prayed and begged the car to just make it a little further. Thankfully I made it (barely) to a gas station a few feet ahead. I called Dan, who then had to come to my rescue. What followed was a tedious journey with Dan driving my car, and me following close behind in his truck. After pulling over and jump starting my car 3 times, we finally made it to the impound/junk lot where we left my car.

On the ride home I was quite upset with the fact that I had just said goodbye to my first vehicle. Suddenly, Daniel came out and admitted that he really hadn’t planned to work late that night, and that he had really planned to go and pick up a special piece of jewellery that had arrived earlier that day. He knew it wasn’t particularly romantic, but had felt so bad that I had such a terrible day, and wanted to make me feel better. He certainly did!

So that evening, we drove into the jewellery store, where he picked up my ring and proposed to me over ice cream at my favourite ice cream stand.

Although it was not your typical romantic proposal over a fancy dinner, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I am now excitedly planning our wedding, which will be held on September 10, 2011 in the Annapolis Valley with our close family and friends.

*As told by Rachel Leeman.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Recently Engaged: Carolyn & Kevin

A treasure hunt and the unconventional contents of a ring box really mark the spot.

Posted on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 4:00 AM

PHOTOS BY LIAM HENNESSEY, APPLEHEAD STUDIOS.
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Near the mid point of 2009, Carolyn and I had just celebrated the 13th year in our relationship. I initially thought that with 13+ years of build up, this proposal had better be as thoughtful and exciting as she deserves, but I quickly realized chartering a private plane for an overnight ‘rendezvous’ to an exotic location wasn’t really in the budget. I challenged myself to come up with a proposal that would be unique, meaningful and fun. While in the process of searching for the perfect engagement ring, I mentioned in passing to one of the jewellers how it was too bad Carolyn couldn’t be involved in the selection because she would have loved the entire ring shopping experience, especially considering she has such an appreciation for unique & creative design, being an Interior Designer by trade. This was an epiphany moment, and from then on the proposal was ‘diamond-clear’ in my mind.

On July 18th, 2009 we had decided to stay home for the evening with an order of take out sushi and a good DVD. After I had left the house to pick up the Sushi, Carolyn received a mysterious text message informing her she was about to be the sole participant in a city wide Treasure Hunt; her only map being a bundle of seven, carefully penned letters neatly piled on the driver’s seat of our car. The treasure hunt guided her on a journey to various locations throughout Halifax which represented several meaningful stages or moments of our relationship. Some of the locations I sent her were the school where we met, the site of our first kiss and the first apartment we shared together. Like any good treasure hunt, the final location of Carolyn’s journey was literally where ‘X’ marked the spot. Once Carolyn had removed the large ‘X’ I had affixed to the front entrance of our home, she found her ‘husband to be’, down on one knee holding a small ring box. After asking the time tested question, “Will you marry me?”, she joyously replied “Yes, yes, of course yes!”, but only after she had expressed her marvel of how I had organized the entire proposal without her knowledge or even having a hint of suspicion.  Before opening the ring box, I felt it necessary to remind her that our relationship has never been conventional, so she should know that the contents of the box wouldn’t be, either. Carolyn then opened the box, revealing a Brilliant Round Canadian Diamond sparkling brightly through the clear topped Gem box in which it sat. You can only imagine the expression of pure excitement on her face when I explained how arrangements had been made for her to work directly with a custom jeweller, designing her own engagement ring. After the excitement of calling our family and friends, the remainder of the evening was spent on ring design, establishing the beginning stages of planning a wedding, and of course finally getting to eat the sushi! I can honestly say it remains one of the happiest days in each of our lives, and we’re very much looking forward to our wedding this August, 2011.

*As told by Kevin Rhyno, with edits.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Recently Engaged: Jennifer & Hans

A romantic scene with a little help from The Wedding Singer.

Posted on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

We met in university and had been dating for three years at the time of the proposal. It was always my belief that Hans would propose after he finished his education therefore when he did pop the question it came as a complete surprise to me because he still had two years left of his degree.

Hans informed me that he was traveling to Maine with his brother but in reality was driving to New Brunswick to ask my parents’ permission to marry me. The day Hans returned home from his “trip” he had arranged for his parents to pick me up from work. On the drive home, they told me that he had a big surprise for me because he felt bad for being away for so long. When I arrived home, I found a rose and a note taped to the door. The note from Hans stated that he had set up a little surprise for me and to follow the directions. When I entered the apartment I discovered rose petals and candles that led to the dining room table. On the table there was another note attached to an Ipod that instructed me to press play. Hans had recorded himself singing the song "I Wanna Grow Old with You" from the movie The Wedding Singer (this was from the first movie that we watched together). After the song finished there was another note that directed me to go to the spare bedroom. Hans was down on one knee with the ring in one hand and a flower in the other, I of course said yes!

We are getting married in the fall of 2011.

*As told by Jennifer Pitre, with edits.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Recently Engaged: Jessica & Graham

A fake proposal turns into the real thing over Cheerios.

Posted on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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I knew the ring was coming at some point because I designed it, but I had no idea it would be this soon.

I was coming home late from a work function, so Graham told me he would have supper ready. I arrived home to lobster, wine, and caesar salad... mmmmmm... and guessed it was the big night. While we were dishing out the food, Graham got down on one knee but followed the gesture with "just joking", laughed and got up. Rude. To my surprise, the night continued on without any proposals or mention of it. The next morning while I was pouring my Cheerios, Graham came around the corner, got down on one knee and said I love you so much and a bunch of other stuff (I was far too excited to hear what he was saying, but I am sure it was lovely). He said he was trying to wait until the coming Friday (it was a Thursday), but he was too excited. He had also been tossing and turning a lot the night before and when I asked him about it, he said he was so excited and nervous he couldnt sleep... cute! So, I said yes (obviously) and the rest is history. But, there is one thing for sure, I will never look at Cheerios the same way again.

The wedding is set for September 3, 2011.

*As told by Jessica Upshaw, with edits.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Recently Engaged: Janis & Ryan

The perfect dessert: ring-topped crème brûlée.

Posted on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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My fiance and I have been dating for almost six years and we both knew from the first year of being together that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together. We were inseparable from the beginning.

Last August, I won a flight at the Buskers on the Waterfront from Westjet. At that moment, we decided that we were going to take a trip to Jamaica as a Christmas present to each other. During the next two weeks, I planned the trip and finally booked our vacation at Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This was the ultimate Christmas present and a great relief after my first semester of graduate school.

The trip was absolutely magical. So relaxing and beautiful! I was enjoying our romantic time together and loving the resort. Little did I know, Ryan had been planning a surprise for me since October. In constant contact with the staff at Couples, Ryan had organized the most amazing surprise.

After two nights of ogling the people enjoying intimate private dinners on the beach, I was so jealous, but on the third day of our trip, I was lead down to the beach where a candle lit dinner awaited me. Our meal was fantastic and Ryan was extremely romantic (which is out of the ordinary). And then when my dessert came, my gorgeous engagement ring was in the whipped cream of the crème brûlée! After almost six wonderful years together, he finally asked! I could not have asked for a better night and proposal.

We hope to get married in August 2012.

*As told by Janis Sampson.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Recently Engaged: Cecilia & James

He travelled to Ottawa to propose to his long distance love.

Posted on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 4:00 AM

JENINE PANAGIOTAKOS OF BLUE VINE PHOTOGRAPHY
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James and I began our relationship five years ago. We met through friends and started casually dating soon after. We have had an amazing ride throughout the years and can’t wait to continue to share our lives together.

At the time of our engagement, James and I were living in separate provinces. He was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I in Ottawa, Ontario. Due to financial constraints we could only see each other every two months, up to 3 days at a time, so we would try to enjoy the time we had to spend with each other to the fullest.

Trying to alternate between trips to Halifax and Ottawa, we decided that it was James’ turn to travel and that he would come and visit me in Ottawa. It was on this particular trip on March 5th, 2010 that changed our relationship forever. We had spent the day sight seeing and enjoying each other’s company. It was a gorgeous sunny winter day. Before we headed back home James decided that we should continue our outing and go and see the Parliament buildings. We approached the Eternal Centennial Flame that burns day and night and marveled in its beauty. All of a sudden James got on bended knee and holding the ring, he reached for my hand and asked me to marry him and to do him the honour of being his wife. With soft-spoken words he turned his head at the eternal flame and then looked at me and said, “I hope that our love is like the eternal flame and that it will never burn out.” With that, I was speechless, teary-eyed and could barely utter the answer “Yes!” He placed the ring on my finger, picked me up and spun me around. I screamed with joy as one of the happiest moments in our lives had just taken place.

We rushed home to tell our family and friends… although they already knew and had kept the secret from me. Later that evening our wonderful friends came over to our place to congratulate and celebrate with us. We are so fortunate and blessed to have found one another and to have an amazing family and group of friends who are so very happy for us. The wedding is planned for August 20, 2011.

*As told by Cecilia de Antueno, with edits.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Recently Engaged: Vikki & Kevin

A Point Pleasant Park proposal gives the ordinary something extra.

Posted on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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Vikki and I met in University. We didn’t actually attend the same school; Vikki attended Saint Mary’s University while I studied at Dalhousie. By chance a class I needed for my degree was full so I took an opportunity to take the class at Saint Mary’s in order to finish my degree on schedule. In the first lab I ended up without a lab partner as I didn’t know anyone in the class and they all seemed well acquainted. Vikki showed up a few minutes late for the lab and as a result ended up ‘stuck’ with me! We worked well together from the beginning. Lab exercises turned into study sessions which turned into dates and four years later, turned into an engagement.

On Sunday September 5th, 2010, the day after Hurricane Earl tore its way through Halifax, we set out to Point Pleasant Park to assess the damage and to take our two dogs for a walk. We find ourselves at Point Pleasant with our dogs about five times a week and often comment that our walks are our favourite parts of our days. On this walk I led the way down a small path that leads by a stream. We had only been down this path once before and prior to that we had no idea of the streams existence. As the dogs quenched their thirst I encouraged Vikki to sit on a rock at the head of the stream. I told her how much I love her and how much she means to me. I told her that I want to spend the rest of my life with her. It was then that I grabbed the ring box from my pocket, took a knee, opened the box and asked her if she would marry me... and she said YES!

We will be getting married on May 22nd, 2011 at Pier 21.

*As told by Kevin Berryman.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Recently Engaged: Christine & Dave

The fates provide the perfect moment in New York City.

Posted on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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I fooled Christine into thinking an end of November trip to New York City was for her birthday (which was Friday the 26th). I was thinking I would pop the question Thursday after the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade but the weather was bad and we were both tired from an early flight so I procrastinated (sounds about right) 'til Saturday. It was a nice sunny day as we walked across Central Park to Strawberry Fields and while I was feeding chestnuts (bought from a hot dog vendor of course) to the squirrels, a troubadour was playing "Wagon Wheel" (one of her favourite songs) just over the hill so it would have taken a rank idiot not to recognize this as The Moment. I crouched down and reached into my bag for the ring and she asked, "What are you doing down there?" and crouched down beside me. So facing each other, I asked in a short and sweet way (to avoid last minute mess-ups) if she would marry me. Christine unflinchingly said "Yes!" (Whoop whoop!). We enjoyed the rest of the weekend in love in NYC, savouring engagement in the Big Apple and keeping it to ourselves until we returned home on Monday.

Early indications are an October 1st wedding.

*As told by Dave Hachey.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Recently Engaged: Amy & Joey

A rigged game of Washer Toss wins him a bride.

Posted on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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The annual PEI vacation of 2010 would turn out to be the most memorable… at the campsite surrounded by sparkly coloured lights and a cozy campfire, Joey and Amy were toasting marshmallows and enjoying each others company. Always ready to spice things up, Joey challenged Amy to a game of washer toss. Now, one has to understand, that washer toss is an ongoing highly spirited competition between Joey and Amy! However, this game proved to be a little different... Joey told Amy that this game would hold the biggest competition yet, with the highest stakes. If she won, he had a special prize for her! Of course, being the washer toss competitor that she is, Amy accepted the challenge! It was a long battle of wills, with colored washers flying through the air and many strategic manoeuvres. When it was over, Amy won (it may have been rigged) and Joey got down on one knee and pulled out the prize: “Will you marry me?” It was a beautiful ring! After getting over the shock, Amy said absolutely yes!

They set the date for October 22, 2011.

*As told by Amy MacDonald.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Recently Engaged: Julie & Josh

A trip to the Grand Canyon becomes "AW"-inspiring...

Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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The day we got engaged is one I will never forget. My boyfriend and I were in Arizona on vacation and decided to drive to the Grand Canyon to do some sightseeing. Little did I know that he was holding an engagement ring in his cargo pocket for the entire 3 hour drive. We had been dating for almost four years, and I knew that we would be getting married, but I certainly didn’t expect him to pop the question on this trip. We found an amazing look-off tower at the Canyon and while I was busy rambling on about how the sights took my breath away, he was getting into position on one knee behind me. I turned around to see why he wasn’t joining in on my “oohs” and “ahhhs” and realized what was going on. It was so surreal that the whole world stopped for a few minutes while I squealed and exclaimed how shocked I was. What was truly amazing was that for such a busy tourist spot, we were all alone at this tower. We waited for someone to come along to get a few photos of us and then we continued on, with me crying throughout the day as I thought about how amazingly special my hunny was. We called our parents, who already knew because he had asked them prior to our departure four days before, and then we kept it as our little secret for the remainder of our trip until we were home and could tell people in person.

The Grand Canyon is a phenomenal place, and now it is just that much more special for us!

We are getting married in March in Mexico with some close friends and family by our side and then having a celebratory reception here in Halifax in April. I cannot wait to have the world stand still around us again...

*As told by Julie Whitehead, with edits.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Recently Engaged: Kara & Chris

By luring his girlfriend on a fishing trip, Chris catches a wife.

Posted on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 4:24 PM

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Chris and Kara, met through mutual friends, over ten years ago, when Kara was only 12. They quickly became best friends, spending hours upon hours talking, going for drives, walking her dog, but most often they found themselves at the park near the end of the subdivision, swinging on the swings.

Years passed and they lost touch after high school only to reconnect through a chance meeting at a grocery store clear across the country. Soon, Kara was packing up and moving to Calgary to attend university near Chris, of course they fell in love.

Three years later a Sweeney family reunion brought Chris and Kara back home to Nova Scotia for a 2 week vacation. The reunion took up the majority of the trip home and with only a couple of spare days in Nova Scotia left, Chris knew there was no time like the present. Being the outdoorsy type of people they are, Chris and Kara were looking forward to doing some fishing while back home. Most of their free time was spent down at the edge of the ocean, casting a line, and catching the odd fish. With time running short, the day before they were supposed to leave, Chris asked Kara to go fishing with him one more time, but instead of taking her to one of their usual fishing spots, they arrived back at the swings in her old neighbourhood where they had spent so much of their youth together.

Chris was pushing Kara on a swing, and talking about how many memories they had made together there when he said "Well, lets make one more." Then, in the middle of the park, he got down on one knee and asked "Kara Beth, will you marry me?"

Their last night in Nova Scotia was spent celebrating all night long with champagne, fireworks, and their whole families.

*As submitted by Kara Sweeney, with edits.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Recently Engaged: Christi & Matthew

An aspiring author uses his novel to propose.

Posted on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 10:00 AM

PHOTO BY TREVOR ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY
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Matt and I met in 2008 while student teaching across the hall from one another. Within a few months of dating, we had both accepted teaching positions in Northern Alberta, and promptly drove across the country to begin our new adventure. It was during our second Christmas home that Matt proposed in the parking lot of the place where we first met.

Matt had begun writing a short story in September of 2009 that morphed into a 200 page novel in October. I cheered him on and read each chapter as he completed it.

Christmas Eve morning Matt and I headed to the middle school in Milford where we were supposed to meet up with a teacher friend we had. When we got to the school no one was there, so we pulled over to wait because we were early (or so I thought). Suddenly, he hands me a wrapped box and I’m so excited because I think I’m getting my Christmas gift early (not surprising, as we usually exchange early due to our awful secret keeping skills). But, as I unwrap it, there’s his novel… the same novel I helped him bind! I was a bit confused, until he pointed to the ACE playing card stuck into the pages. I turned to the page, a scene in his novel when the main character is proposing to the lady he is dating, and in bold red letters:

The main character's name was scratched out and replaced with my own!

I looked over, and there he was in the driver’s seat, smiling with the ring case opened and ready to repeat out loud what I had just read. I started to giggle, the ring went on, and phone calls were made.

Turns out, he had started writing the story with the proposal in mind, and the two main characters are actually loosely based on the two of us.

We’re getting married on July 9th, 2011 at White Point Beach Resort. The photo above was taken this summer at Oakfield Park, by Trevor Allen Photography.

*As told by Christi Budd, with edits.

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