Amy and Kevin

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How We Met

We met in high school 6 years ago. We were just friends, but I think we both always knew we would end up as much more than that.

We were both living in Tennessee at the time, but he was born and raised in Michigan. We met through mutual friends at school. We hung out after school and on the weekends frequently, but always just as friends. Apparently both of us were really bad at taking (and dropping) hints! Kevin joined the Marine Corps right out of high school, along with my sister. We wrote letters back and forth while he was at boot camp, we spent time together when he would come home for leave, and we stayed in touch for a while, but eventually we fell out of touch. We talked very little for the next few years, but we ended up reconnecting somewhere along the line. He happened to be stationed in North Carolina with my sister, so I made the trip out to see them, and we finally made it official. We did the long-distance thing for about 7 months, then we moved to Michigan together when he got out of the Marine Corps.

How He Asked

I had been (not so) subtly dropping hints, well, basically since we moved to Michigan together. It was never a matter of “if” with us, but a matter of “when”. We both knew, and still know, that we were meant for each other. It sounds BEYOND corny, but you really do know when you know.

The one thing that you need to know about my fiance is that he does not plan anything. He is as spontaneous as they come. Basically the complete opposite of me. I am an over-planner.

Well, I had mentioned a few times that I wanted to go ice skating in downtown Detroit at Campus Martius this winter. I brought it up again while I was at work one morning, and I guess that sent everything into motion. We decided to go that afternoon when I got off work. It was a bitter cold evening. It was windy and snowing, and honestly, I was miserable. I just wanted to start skating so I could warm up, but Kevin insisted that we take a picture in front of the big Christmas Tree by the skating rink first. I grumpily suggested that we just take a selfie so we could get it over with and go warm up, but he reiterated that he wanted to have someone else take our picture. Finally, we spotted a nice-enough looking couple walking toward us, so I suggested that he ask them to take our picture. He asked and they agreed to take our picture, so I handed the man my phone. Kevin got us positioned in front of the tree, and I did my best to smile in the blistering cold wind, when Kevin says “Wait a minute, wait a minute…”. I look over and he is down on one knee. He asked me to marry him, and I think I said something like “yes!”. Everyone around us clapped and cheered and I forgot how cold I was. Like I said, my fiance is extremely spontaneous. The man who took our pictures was a complete stranger, and it turns out Kevin decided THAT MORNING to propose to me when I mentioned going ice skating. It just goes to show that it doesn’t always take months of preparation and planning to have a beautiful and meaningful proposal.

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