Alison and Michael

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How We Met

Michael and I met in college; we had a class together. But, at the time we were both seeing other people; him a casual girlfriend and me a longterm relationship from high school. I sat behind him and his girlfriend in class and all I remember was thinking to myself, “He is way too cute for her!”. Unfortunately, we never spoke to each other and just exchanged awkward glances. About a year later (and ending my high school relationship) our paths crossed again. He was hanging out with a mutual friend and they just happened to stop by the place I was staying. Let me tell you, I was a hot mess! I had my hair up in a ponytail and had on a big baggy t-shirt and sweats! How awkward! It apparently didn’t matter, because he found me on Facebook a few days later and we started talking. At first, I had no intentions on anything serious with him. He had a bad boy reputation and I was warned to be cautious. It wasn’t until the first time I hung out with him that I hoped for more. He was very easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable enough to be myself (to anyone who knows me well, I don’t handle meeting knew people with grace and have serious social anxiety). We took things slow and after a couple of months made things official. Though, we did not have an easy start to our relationship. But, neither of us gave up and worked hard to overcome any obstacle that we faced. After about a year of dating, we moved in together and I knew he could very well be “the one”. And I was right! Finally after six wonderful years of dating, I get to marry my best friend.

How He Asked

His parents moved to Savannah, GA a few years ago. On one of the first trips we took to visit them, they brought us to Forsyth Park. This was absolutely love at first sight. I had never experienced such a beautiful place; filled with all this history and character. And right smack dab in the center was this large, white, romantic fountain. I could have sat and stared at this fountain all day. Little did I know this fountain would be a benchmark in our relationship.

We had just celebrated our six year anniversary and planned to take a trip to Savannah the following week to visit his parent’s before Christmas. We got in to town at 4pm and immediately went out to dinner, nothing out of the ordinary. We ate, drank and had a great time. After dinner we planned to go look at the Christmas lights in the downtown area, again nothing out of the ordinary. During dinner his Mom kept saying we had to hurry because it was getting dark, which I thought was weird because Christmas lights look best at night. But, she followed it up with a story about her camera not taking very good pictures in the dark. So we finished up dinner and went on our way. Finally, we ended up at Forsyth Park. I didn’t see any Christmas lights but I didn’t dare to question why we were there. How could I when this gorgeous fountain was in front of me! After walking around for a little bit, Michael’s Mom asked to take our picture in front of the fountain, so we did. As I turned to walk away, I heard very softly Michael call my name. As I turned around I saw him take a small box out of his coat pocket and start to get on one knee. I immediately burst in to happy tears! He spoke the magical words “Will you marry me?” and I said YES! I kissed him, put the ring on my finger and hugged him a tight as I could. He had just made me the happiest girl in the world.

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