Ariel and Justin

How We Met

Justin and I met at Stoneman Douglas High School in 2006. Justin was in his Sophomore year and I was in my Junior. We just so happened to have been placed in the same Chemistry class that year. Justin and I became close friends for nearly a year before we were officially boyfriend and girlfriend. Our romance blossomed quickly and it was the kind of romantic young love that you read about in a book. Justin would go out of his way to pick me up sweet treats such as Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts most mornings before work or school!

During our college years we decided to take some time apart but, of course, reconnected upon seeing each other for the first time in years. Our paths crossed again when we saw each other at a temple for Rosh Hashanah. I was now a teacher and Justin was finishing up his last year of college and had been accepted to the University of Miami’s Law School. Within a year of dating again we had decided to move in together. Shortly after moving in together we adopted Brooklyn Poppy, the mutual love of our lives.

How He Asked

Justin told me we would be going out for an early birthday dinner, as my birthday fell on a weekday. When Justin and I arrived for dinner, Justin told me we should go check out the beautiful gardens before we ate. When we walked to the quiet area of the gardens, I found a box of my favorite donuts on a table. The box was supposed to already be opened but Justin was so nervous he forgot to do it! After proposing, Justin showed off the amazing “marry me” donuts.

We spent the next hour taking photographs together in the beautiful garden, with the photographer Justin had hired to capture this special moment. After we took pictures, we enjoyed a lovely dinner together. Justin had another surprise planned for me.

Engagement Proposal Ideas in Sundy House

He said we were going to go get a drink when we walked in, our closest friends and family were waiting to surprise me for a celebration. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

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Special Thanks

Chelsea Erwin | 
Photographer