Avery and Jake

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How We Met

Jake and I first met our junior year of high school when I went to his classroom during lunch to deliver a note. We didn’t see each other until we went to journalism camp shortly before the start of our senior year. Throughout the camp I tried to charm him, but he remained unmoved by my awkward jokes and lame attempts at conversation.

After our senior year kicked off, we became friends and enjoyed hanging out together. Jake would always volunteer to accompany me whenever I had to run errands around school. Eventually, our interest in each other peaked.

As homecoming approached, I wondered if Jake would ask me to be his date, but I wasn’t sure what it would mean if he did. Jake skipped a few morning classes one day to buy me a white rose, then while I was preparing for class, he came up behind me, gave me the rose and asked me if I would be his date for homecoming. For a while, I was unsure if we were going as friends or if it was a date, but when we met with the rest of our homecoming group at a deli to make plans, Jake was flirting and put his arm around my shoulder, I guessed it was a date.

Finally, on homecoming night, Jake and the rest of the guys met up with me and the other girls, but Jake got a migraine and had to leave shortly after we arrived at the restaurant for dinner. While we were waiting for Jake’s ride, he made it very clear that he wanted to be more than friends. A week later we went on our first date and despite my clumsiness, Jake asked me to be his girlfriend later that night, October 22, 2011.

We said I love you for the first time, December 19, 2011, and we are the only people we’ve said it to (other than family and friends). We graduated June 2012 and moved to Missoula, Montana to attend the University of Montana August 2012. We moved in together November 2013. We got engaged July 2, 2016, and we’ll be getting married May 25, 2018.

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How He Asked

Jake and I have been dating for almost five years. He told me he had a surprise planned for Sunday, July 3rd, but when I was driving home from work on Saturday, July 2nd, I called him so we could talk until I got home like I always do and he said that the surprises were starting today. I got home and took a nap and he woke me up at 4:50, but he had told me I  till 5 so I was super cranky.

I thought he was going to take me to see the BFG since it was my favorite book as a kid. As we passed the movie theater I thought maybe he was going to get me some more books but when we passed my favorite bookstores I really had no idea where we were going.

I thought maybe he was going to take me for a hike and started worrying because we were both dressed pretty nice. When he took the turn to go up the mountain, I realized where we were going but I wasn’t sure why. It was about 5:30 at this time and the fireworks wouldn’t be until around 10.

The whole drive he had a romantic playlist and as we neared the top of the mountain the song that played on our first date came on. He looked at me and grinned and started telling me how much fun he had on our first date and how much he loved me.

As we neared the top of the mountain, I began getting suspicious but when I didn’t see any other cars parked nearby, I quickly let it go. When we first started talking about our future and getting married, I told Jake that I didn’t care what he did as long as he asked my family for their blessing and got someone to take a picture of it, so when I didn’t see any cars, I assumed he wasn’t proposing.

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As he parked the car, I noticed a small black box shaped thing on our usual bench. Again, I was briefly suspicious but since he had been with me for a couple ours, I didn’t see him leaving a ring on a bench for hours so I again brushed away my suspicions. I pointed the box out to him and said that maybe we should leave, but he said we should check it out. I just thought, well if it’s something dangerous, at least I’m with the man that I love.

When we reached the bench, I discovered it was a small black box. Jake sat me down a certain way and began telling me how much he loved me and how he wanted me to be his wife. I should point out that these are things he tells me pretty often so I was still pretty clueless at this point.

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Then he got down on one knee opened the box and asked me to marry him! I said yes!

Special Thanks

Puget Power Photography
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