Kayla and Michael

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How We Met

Michael and I met in high school and started dating in September 2010. We were only 16, but even then we knew it was a forever kind of love!

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How He Asked

Back in March, my best friend Sarah told me about an event going on on May 14, known as the Lantern Fest. I immediately agreed that it would be a perfect double-date and told Michael about it so we could get tickets to go with her and her boyfriend Tony! I had been so excited to finally go after two months of counting down, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to inclement weather. Instead of letting that dampen our day, Sarah suggested we go to the local botanical gardens to celebrate our recent graduation from college and Tony’s birthday. It was a cold and rainy day but Michael insisted that I wore a dress and heels so I obliged.

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We walked around the garden rooms, but when we got to my favorite room I noticed another one of our friends (who is also an amazing photographer!!) sneaking around in some plants at the doorway. I went to chase after him so I could say “hi” but Michael grabbed my hand and pulled me back. My heart stopped and I looked over at our best friends and they were crying!

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By the time I turned back around Michael was down on his knee presenting me with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen! After a few tears and hugs, I SAID YES! I soon found out that Michael had been planning this day for months and used our friends to cover up his tracks! After six years of dating, and a few years of nagging him to propose, I’m so excited to finally be the future Mrs. Punzak!

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Special Thanks

Jon Hyatt
Photographer