Karen and Neil

How We Met

We first met in NC. Both of us served active duty in the Marine Corps. Neil got stationed at MCAS Cherry Point NC and we both ended up working in the same unit. We definitely push each other to the limit even when the other doesn’t want to be. We love to laugh together and definitely value alone time together. We have different interests/hobbies that make for interesting times! But, we love food! And, we love God!

For us, it was not one specific moment. We have been through so much together. The hardships of being active duty military take a toll on a person, both good and bad. It drains you physically and mentally. We managed to build a friendship that we knew would last forever through a lot of obstacles that we overcame together. Our friendship is built on a lot of fun, frustrating, happy, mad, joyous moments. When Karen left NC, we missed each other so much and soon we discovered a romance that would have us head over heels. The rest is history.

How He Asked

Karen – It happened in NC in Neil’s old house, out on the patio. It was home. It was where I would come visit, away from the Marine Corps, and spend time with my best friend. I had no idea it was going to happen since I had come up to NC to visit and was also mad at Neil for disappearing all day. We had never even looked at engagement rings together so it was amazing! Neil – The planning was not difficult I just had to pick a place where we spent a lot of good times and had made some amazing memories. I proposed August 10th, 2016.

Special Thanks

Philip Casey Photography
Photographer