Christy and Joe

How We Met: After living in the same small town our whole life, going to the same schools, and having the same friends, Joe & I finally met on July 15, 2011 by mere fate. As I was leaving a local bar, a mutual friend ran after me in order to introduce me to Joe. Immediately we shared a moment of interest and our love story began. The very next day, Joe asked me out on our first date and took me to Seasons 52 in Coral Gables.

How He Asked: On August 14, 2015, Joe surprised me by dropping me off at The Biltmore Hotel Spa and informing me that I would be having a relaxing spa day in order to get ready for the new school year. Being a high school teacher and knowing what I would be facing in the next couple of days, I accepted with open arms. After my delicious 70 minute chardonnay massage and getting my hair done, I was greeted in the spa lobby with a glass of champagne and Joe, who was dressed and ready for dinner.

He told me since we were in the Coral Gables area that we could stop and have dinner at our favorite restaurant, Seasons 52. Before we left to dinner, he asked me if I wanted to check out the hotel and all of its historic sites. We walked around the pool and the golf course, and were then offered a visit to one of the suites. When I walked into the room, it was full of flower petals and champagne, and a little wooden box it the distance with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen.

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I immediately screamed out yes and we hugged for what seemed hours. He told me we would be spending the night in the suite and that we had reservations at 7:45 for dinner. I immediately started getting ready and put on a beautiful dress that Joe had picked out and brought for me to wear. When we arrived to dinner, the hostess took us to a private room where our family was waiting. The tears immediately ran down my face and I was speechless. It was the best day of my life!