Alexandra and Daniel

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How We Met

Daniel and I are both from New Jersey. We’ve known each other since high school. I’d always known of who he was through mutual friends, but after I transferred to the same school as him I met him in person. We became best friends and stayed very close throughout the years after we had graduated. When I left for school in Boston, he came and visited me several times before he decided to enlist in the Army. After his enlistment, we always stayed extremely close and talked all the time. The summer after I graduated college, I realized that my feelings for Dan were more than just friendship. Terrified, I decided to tell him one night when he was home on leave from where he was stationed in Tennessee. Luckily for me, the feeling was mutual! The rest is history.

How He Asked

Daniel is in the military and left for a deployment to Afghanistan January 2016 and returned in October. After a stressful nine months of being apart, I decided to make the move from New Jersey to be with him in Tennessee. The day before Valentines day, he told me he had a series of surprises for me (of course refusing to tell me any details). We headed to Nashville where I realized we were taking the exit for this amazing hotel that i’ve always wanted wanted to stay! Daniel booked a room that had a balcony overlooking a gorgeous indoor garden and terrace. As we stood on the balcony admiring how pretty the view from our room was, he grabbed my arm, looked at me and told me he wanted to be with me for the rest of his life. Then before I knew it he got down on one knee! I was shocked and overjoyed. I could not be happier to be spending the rest of my life with my very best friend.