Lindsey and Rich

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How We Met: Even though we grew up in the same town, it took us 23 years to meet. A mutual friend invited us to a concert, convinced that we knew each other. We didn’t. But after that night, we were inseparable.

How He Asked: We were vacationing in Sicily and staying at his Italian relative’s house for our anniversary. On our second day of the trip, we spent the entire day together at a nearby beach he hadn’t been to since he was ten years old. With just a few locals scattered about, he shared with me the memories he had there growing up, how special this place was to him and how happy he was to share it with me. On our walk back, he asked if we could take a few pictures at sunset to remember what a perfect day we had.

That night, his cousin (who is a professional photographer) offered to come with us and take pictures by the water. After the first few photos, she asked for one by myself and I was a little confused, but he moved out of the shot and I smiled for the camera. When I turned back to him, my now-fiance was down on one knee asking me to marry him. I said yes (through tears) and he stood up, gave me a hug and whispered in my ear, “this place means a whole lot more to me now.”

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