Valerie and Chadd

How We Met

We met at Starbucks in 2009 from some mutual friends. The first time I met Chadd, he told me he was leaving for a few weeks to go on a trip, so I didn’t think anything of it. He came back two weeks later all tanned up after his trip to the Bahamas & the spark between us was still there. We went on a date to get snowballs, and the rest was history!

We are high school sweethearts, Chadd graduated in 2009, & I graduated in 2010, meeting when we were so young allowed us to grow & mature together. We have been through a lot but wouldn’t change a single thing because it’s led us to where we are now and made us who we are today.

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How He Asked

My fiancé and I had been together since 2009. We got engaged in July 2017. That’s a LONG time to wait for a ring. I’m a huge beach bum & when I was growing up my grandparents had a beach house in Ocean City on 142nd Street. Unfortunately, when they passed away we had to sell the house and I was heartbroken. Luckily we still know people at the condo and we can still rent on that street. While down at the beach for a mini-vacation in July, Chadd had made plans with some friends who live in Salisbury. My girlfriend Jenna took me out shopping while Chadd and Jenna’s boyfriend Pat set the scene. I had NO clue! I had obviously thought well MAYBE it will happen this week but he kept telling me I was getting my hopes up.

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Once Jenna and I arrived back at 142nd Street after a few hours of shopping, she told me Pat and Chadd were on the beach, which was not unusual for the two of them. So we started up to the beach. As we’re walking up the street I look at Jenna and tell her I really hoped Chadd was going to propose this week, but I really didn’t think it would happen. Little did I know I was walking right into it. We crossed the dunes, Chadd took my hand down a candlelit path and into a heart on the sand outlined with candles! He used the lifeguard stand and even had roses for me.

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It was the best moment of my life, and of our relationship thus far. I was so surprised and so happy. I didn’t even realize we had the entire beach watching us and cheering for us until AFTER it happened!

Special Thanks

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