Danielle and Joseph

How We Met

We met in college at American University in Washington, DC. He was a senior and I was a junior and the first time I met him was when we knocked on my apartment door and asked me if “I was new here.”

The rest is history. He asked me to his last college military ball and we got all dressed up and danced the night away. I knew he was the one.

We’re almost at our third year together, starting our sixth month engaged and second month of deployment!

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How He Asked

August 5th, 2017 – Joe and I had just come home from a two week vacation to Prague, Budapest, Santorini and Mykonos. It was time to part ways and he made me drop him off at the airport on Saturday morning, pretending he was going back home to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I spent most of the day in bed, sad that our vacation was over, until my mom had told me we were celebrating my dad’s birthday at one of our favorite restaurants. She told me to “look good.”

Little did I know that Joe’s parents were also in town and picked him right up from the airport once I dropped him off. He even had his phone on airplane mode so that my texts wouldn’t go through, making me think he really was on the plane.

He printed out eight milestone pictures. Starting from the first photo we ever took together, around 845 days ago, ending with the first photo we took on the start of our vacation together. He stuck these pictures onto giant balloons and set up a memory walkway, with the New York City skyline as our backdrop, and recorded a 3 minute audio clip, telling the story of how we met, how our relationship grew, to right now – the beginning of a new chapter.

When I got to the last balloon, he told me to hand the headphones and phone to my sister, to take 10 steps forward and to close my eyes. Before I could even start crying, he was there, on one knee, asking to marry me.

I said yes!

Special Thanks

Mark Kopko
Photographer