Rhea and Andrew

How we met: Andrew and I were set up by a mutual friend in September 2012 and attended a group happy hour, where the only open chair available when Andrew showed up just “happened” to be next to me. I couldn’t help but notice how genuinely nice he was and his good looks didn’t hurt either. We went on our first official date two weeks later, and it never really ended. We have been inseparable ever since. It’s been amazing how perfectly we fit into each other’s lives. My friends adore him, and I have loved getting to know his friends and family back on the east coast. Andrew is the prince charming that my mother always told me would come along when the time was right. We moved in together after a year of dating, and then after 2 years we ended up buying a house together in Scottsdale, AZ.

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How he asked: In only 2 short years of dating, Andrew and I have traveled near and far together, including trips  to Sedona, San Francisco, Balboa Island, Colorado, Iowa, New York, Boston, and his hometown of Madison, Connecticut. So it was no surprise when we decided to take a week-long trip to Kauai, Hawaii in December 2014. After many friends and co-workers telling me that this was it, that he was going to propose, I ignored them went on the trip having absolutely no expectations. Andrew is the type of person that you can be around and be deliriously happy no matter the circumstance, and no lingering thoughts of a possible engagement ever crossed my mind heading into the trip. After arriving in Kauai, we spent our first day on the island just wandering the local beaches, eating some sinfully delicious food, and taking dozens of pictures on the new camera he had bought me as an early Christmas present. As the day came close to an end, we decided to go back to the room, change into our suits and hit the hotel pool. I found Andrew flipping through the pictures from the day, and happily joined him in reflecting over the beautiful picturesque beaches. As he scrolled to the next photo, a picture of a diamond ring came across the screen. I looked at the camera and then at him in disbelief. “What is that? Is that real?” is what I think I said, though I may have had a minor heart attack as I became swept up in emotion and can’t remember my exact words.

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As he placed the camera down, he pulled a ring box out of the night stand, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I don’t think a millisecond passed before I shouted out “YES!”. Words will never be able to describe the feeling of pure joy, knowing that I was going to spend my life with not only the love of my life, but my best friend, and we spent the rest of our week vacation celebrating life and love.

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