Whitney and Michael

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How We Met

How we met from mutual friends.. After a while I had the nerve that one day I finally sent her a message after I saw one of her pictures on social media that said “one day I am going to make a good wifey” ..   So I asked her out.

Her response to me….”I would rather eat glass than go on any dates right now”.  For me,  I thought, well,  ok,  we have a winner right here! So we kept talking, a lot. After each of us learning that we both have many kids, she has 4  and I have 5,  we were both on the same page as family and who comes first.

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Before we even met I fell in love with her and she did the same. I took her to a beautiful restaurant in New Smyrna Beach FL and the rest was history.  Now we have a blended family consisting of 9 kids total.  We have had both multiple life changes in our past,  I lost all 3 of my siblings 2 sisters and 1 brother and she is a cancer survivor.  We are both blessed to even be alive.  I have attached our family pic here (above) and one from our first date (below).

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How He Asked

So,  a couple months ago I started planning to ask her on 11/11/16 at 11:11 am.  I knew she wouldn’t have a clue yet it was so hard to keep quiet.  I brought her to the restaurant we had our first date.  Before this I HAD to make sure she felt good about herself and wanted to pamper her a little.  She told me a while back that the day I ask her she better have good looking nails.

So I made sure,  I surprised her and got  her hair done and nails complete all in the same salon she uses.  On the day of 11/11  I told her we were meeting my Mom for lunch.  On the way there (which is an hour drive) we talked the entire way.

Talking that it was 11/11 and she had to screen shot her phone at precisely 11:11.  That time is special to many people and we always text each other when we see the time and say “make a wish” …   I finally pulled up into the parking lot,  I had one of my childhood friends Pat hiding somewhere where he could get the best shots,  and he did,  he was perched on the second floor in a lounge chair waiting for the clock to strike.

As we walked towards the river Whitney holding her phone tightly waiting for the time.  I said trust me we wont miss it and gave me a reason to hold my phone as well.  at 11;10 she wanted to take a selfie.  At this point I was about to say hold on..  I didn’t and we got a great picture.

FINALLY 11;11 goes off,  I knew because I had set me alarm to go off with the song “Marry Me” by Train.  I immediately told her to close her eyes and make a wish.

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I knelt and said, Close your eyes and make a wish and proceeded on with the words .. I was shaking like a leaf and she looked to be fainting and then the tears came.

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At that point in time she whispered yes and I stood up.  We hugged and kissed and the ring went on.

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My long time friend (and photographer) at the time stood up and said “Yeah”  we posed for a quick picture and he came down to join us.  I introduced Whitney to Pat and he stared to tear up.

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He has been through all the hardships with me and he knew all my sisters and brothers.  We were all very close.

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After he took us to a beautiful spot in which we took more pictures.  What a relief it was to get that all out there and what a beautiful wish and our dreams came true.

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Special Thanks

Patrick Eichsteadt | 
Photographer