Danielle and Paul

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How We Met

Paul and I met while serving at our local church True North. We both spent most of our Sunday mornings, afternoons, and evenings there serving in the morning & in the Youth program at night! Naturally, our mutual friends tried to play match maker. I, of course, insisted on just being friends & Paul patiently waited for me for a year. That year we became so much more than friends- best friends- yet I was still nervous to cross that line and risk losing our friendship. So back and forth we went and patiently he waited until the time was right. Then one lucky, blessed day the sun was shining on his beautiful blue eyes on a Sunday evening at Youth & the rest is history! I trusted God, took a leap of faith, and it’s been the most amazing year of my life! Im in love with my best friend & I still can’t believe he’s mine! I’ll never completely understand what I did to deserve such an amazing, loving, faithful man but I’ll take him just as he is a gift from God!

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How He Asked

It was the celebration of our first dating anniversary and we were on our way to dinner when he told me we were making a quick stop to get one of my presents! Curious as to where this could be he pulled us into our friends beautiful, rustic garden center in Mullica Hill, Nj. It was all closed down for the day but a few twinkling lights and fire had it lit up like a beautiful dream. When we got out Christmas carols were playing and the fire was crackling. It was magical! He led me over to the pergola, that was lit up with twinkling lights, up to the first post with an envelope marked “BABE”. He handed me the first letter, told me he loved me and gave me a kiss.

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Immediately the tears began forming as I read his beautiful letter of how amazing this last year had been for us, and to celebrate he had made a time line of us & all I had to do was to follow the “twine-line”. Slowly I moved under the twinkling pergola from each numbered envelope along the zig-zagging line of twine. Each envelope had a Polaroid and a hand written letter that told the story of our journey from beginning to end! From our first beach date to our first wedding together, our first date spot, and all our other favorite moments and places that shaped our story. It was the most beautiful, romantic thing that had ever been done and I couldn’t believe he did this all for me! As I neared the last envelope, he (along with our best friend & photographer who was secretly hiding) was there waiting by the fire and champagne..there was only one more envelope and one more part of our journey this year- to say yes and start our forever… How could I say anything but yes!!!

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Special Thanks

Nicholas | 
Photographer & Friend