Karsyn and Holden

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How We Met: Holden and I had just recently both moved back to Arizona. He spent the last two years on a church mission in the Philippines, and I spent 18 months in Idaho. We live across the valley from each other and had never met before. We have one mutual friend on Istagram and Facebook and his picture came up and I liked it. The next thing I knew, he added me on Facebook and we started talking. Then we started video chatting and we decided we wanted to meet in Mesa! We met at a show and we instantly hit it off! We spent the next 4 weeks dating before he asked me to be his girlfriend.

How He Asked: On August 22, we met at my aunt and uncles house on the mountain for my cousins 7th birthday party. I had the worst day at work and had put in my notice that day. I was disgruntled, and lets just call it a mess. We were walking down the driveway and the sun was setting and you could see everything from the driveway! I walked down the driveway and my other cousin and his new wife were sneakily trying to hide behind a pillar unsuccessfully with their cameras.  haha. Holden came up to me with a stuffed bear in a tux and I thought he got it for my cousins birthday. Then he squeezed the hand and it said, “Karsyn, I love you. And I want you to be my wife. So, will you marry me? ” and he pulled a box out of the back of the bear. I didn’t even notice my cousins taking pictures anymore. He got down on one knee and showed me the most gorgeous ring. There was a very large group scream coming from the inside of the house and my whole family had seen it from the windows. I said yes and he tried to put the ring on the wrong hand haha. So I corrected him and he laughed. We continued down the driveway to the rest of the party.

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Photos by Courtney Cox and McKay Tanner