Dakota and Andrew

How We Met

Andrew and I met in February of 2014. He and his friends were on their way to the Daytona 500 from Destin, Florida and decided to stop for the night in Gainesville, Florida where I was living at the time. My best friend and I were at our favorite bar (where we went most Saturday nights) when these 3 Air Force pilots walked up to us. Only one of them kept my attention. It took awhile for us to go out on our first date, because Andrew deployed 5 days after we met. But, once we started dating I knew he would be my last first date!

How He Asked

I had arranged for Andrew and I to take professional pictures for us to use as Christmas presents for our family. I have a friend who is a professional photographer, and her mom works at the local airport. So, I thought, “How cool would that be to take them there?!” The airport even arranged for us to take pictures on the runway! Andrew and I were having a lot of fun together during the whole photoshoot and when Sam (our photographer) asked if we had any more poses we wanted on the runway, Andrew was quick to say, “I have another pose…” before getting down on his knee and asking me to marry him.

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