Alyssa and Collin

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How We Met

It’s a simple story. We had known each other for a few years before we started dating. It was summertime, I was single and so was he. He wrote me one day and asked me if I wanted to meet him at the beach. I remember meeting him on the beach that day and I could not stop smiling and laughing the whole time. He is the most outgoing, young spirited and funniest person I have ever met! We spent the entire summer together after that day and have been inseparable ever since!

How He Asked

It was January 8th and we forgot it was our five year anniversary. Once we remembered, it was too late to make any last minute plans. Collin said he would make dinner for us when I got back home. I’m a wedding photographer and had scheduled some client meetings on this day. He had work but still got home before me. Once I arrived, he locked me outside and wouldn’t let me in! Apparently he wasn’t finished with his little surprise.

Once he unlocked the door, I walked into our living room and saw the cutest tent dinner setup along with a bouquet of flowers! It was such a creative and thoughtful thing for him to do so last minute! He also made the most amazing shrimp linguine for dinner!

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The tent was so beautiful! We decided to move our coffee table out and blow up an air mattress so we can sleep under it the whole night. We hardly ever get time to relax with each other so it was a really nice treat for us! We played board games and talked all night long!

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It was getting late, we were fading away and he quietly said, “Hold on, I need to go get something.” He came back down and I instantly knew what was happening. I just started balling my eyes out! I honestly don’t remember a word that came out of his mouth but I know it was sweet and loving! Obviously I said yes!

I also remember asking if he talked to my parents. Of course he did, I don’t even know why I asked that! He began to tell me the story of how he asked them together on Christmas. Ironically, he asked them for my hand on the exact same date that my adoption to them was finalized. My parents later told me how special that was for them.
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Collin said he wasn’t planning on asking me that night. I guess it just kind of felt right so he did it. I’m so glad it naturally happened the way it did. It could not have been more perfect! I was the happiest girl in the world and I will never forget that feeling!

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