Ashley and Edwin

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How We Met

Edwin and I met in early Spring of 2013. It all started when Jessica, my best friend and now Maid of Honor, called me to tell let me know she had met someone on a dating website. She explained that she needed a companion for her date just in case he turned out to be a psycho. However little did Jessica know she was about to bring two soul mates together. Jessica’s date never lasted past the first night but our love story took off from that day forward.

How He Asked

After 3 years of dating, I tried to pull off the surprise of a lifetime for Edwin’s birthday. It turned out that I was the one that was going to be getting the surprise of my life. I set up a four day cruise from Tampa that almost went off without a hitch but, thanks to wonderful employees of Royal Caribbean, Edwin found out about the surprise.

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He had been planning to propose around that time anyway and thought “Wow, what a perfect opportunity!” So, he got the ring and boarded the boat with my Mom and several friends, including Jessica. The most nerve-racking part was getting the ring through security because he refused to check it in the luggage! As soon as the boat approached the Sunshine Skyway bridge, Edwin got down on one knee and gave Ashley the shock of her life asking her to become Mrs. Valen!

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Some of the photos from our engagement shoot.

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