Tanya and Kevin

How We Met: Kevin and I met in the summer of 2012 when he was stationed with the United States Marine Corps in North Carolina and I was attending Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. Kevin was visiting the area I lived in and when we met, we hit it off immediately. The next day he asked me out on our first date. We went mini-golfing, went out for ice cream, and then spent the rest of the day on the boardwalk and pier getting to know each other.

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I can honestly say that after that day, I knew Kevin was different and I wanted him to stick around. I got my wish because before I  knew it, he was making the 3 hour trip down to South Carolina to visit me almost every weekend. And all at once, he eventually brought me back to the pier we walked down on our first date and officially asked me to be his girlfriend! The rest is history…

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How He Asked: In May of 2015, Kevin and I had a trip to Italy planned. When the time finally came, we were beyond excited to experience Rome and the Colosseum, travel up the Amalfi Coast, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, and of course, indulge in all of the Italian cuisine and wine! I may be biased but my highlight of the trip was our hike to the top of Mount Vesuvius.

The morning of our hike, it was very cloudy and there was a chance of rain so I told Kevin I wasn’t sure if we should go but he insisted on going. We somehow managed to avoid rain the entire hike up and to my surprise when we reached the top the clouds opened up and the sun came out. This is when Kevin turned to me, got down on one knee, and asked me those unforgettable words.

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