Danielle and Nathan

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How We Met

We met in our World Religions class while completing our undergraduate degrees at Berry College in Mount Berry, GA. I was a junior Biology major and Nathan was a senior Political Science and Philosophy double major. We were assigned into groups to work on projects throughout the semester and Nathan and I ended up in the same group. When it came time to work on the final project, I paired up with Nathan to work on a topic within the group. After presenting our project to the class (and getting rave reviews from the professor for the part Nathan and I put together), Nathan invited me to meet at a local coffee shop to “study” for our final exam. That was basically just a ploy to get some alone time with me.

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We spent hours upon hours there talking and getting to know each other, never once running out of things to talk about. We met up at the coffee shop another time before going our separate ways for the summer. We remained in constant contact after the end of the semester and Nathan made a three hour trip to see me in Athens, GA: my hometown and a place he had never been before. After hanging out that entire day, Nathan called me on his drive home to ask me to be his girlfriend. Then a year and 3 months later, he asked me to be his wife.

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How He Asked

It happened on September 7th, during our trip to Walt Disney World with my parents in front of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. We made our way to the park and got our pictures taken in front of the iconic castle before heading off to enjoy a few rides. After we were done, my mom was urging we go closer in front of the castle to get a few more pictures. I was wondering why she wanted more pictures when we already got some, but I figured she had her reasons and I didn’t think anything else of it. We got in line for one of the photographers right in front of the castle and my mom wanted me and Nathan to get our pictures taken first. Nathan had decided to take his hat off for the pictures and leave it with my mom, so when it was our turn, I got up there and waited for Nathan.

He was taking longer than I thought he should and my mom was whispering something to the photographer, but I didn’t think anything of it…again. Finally Nathan joined me and we began posing for pictures. After the first few, Nathan turns to me and says, “You know I love you, right?”, kisses me, gets down on one knee, shows me that gorgeous ring, and asks me to marry him.

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I said YES, of course! Everyone around us was awestruck and erupted in applause after the big moment.

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I was so happy and excited that I couldn’t let Nathan go to get pictures as a newly engaged couple. Everything about that night and proposal was so perfect and I wouldn’t trade anything about it for the world.

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Nathan gave me everything I ever dreamed of and more and I cannot wait to marry him.

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