Charlyn and Mike

How We Met

We first met three years ago in Philadelphia, PA, which is surprising since I am from Chicago, he is from Sacramento, and we were attending college in West Michigan. But long walks through Independence Park and endless cheesesteaks had the effect they so often do: we fell in love! Two years later, after college graduation and a 2,000 mile move across the country it was pretty clear to me that I had found my soulmate. He loves dogs, he makes me laugh even in the midst of studying for law school finals, and he never says “no” to a midnight run to In-N-Out.

How He Asked

I suspected nothing as Mike and I drove to his family’s home for his birthday dinner. His family were waiting in the backyard as we arrived, and the family’s pug Tank was dressed for the occasion. As I greeted the tuxedo-clad pup to read the sign he was wearing (“Future Ringbearer”), Mike got down on one knee.

He told me I was his best friend and asked me if I would like to spend the rest of our lives together. Of course I said “yes”. You can’t say “no” to a pug in a tux.

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