Alessandra and Alec

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How We Met

Alessandra and Alec have known each other since 2008 when they were both in eighth grade and in youth group together at their local church. Although they knew each other, they were not friends until sophomore year of high school. That’s when Alec really noticed Alessandra and saw how beautiful she was. After seeing her here and there at school and at youth group, Alec realized he was interested in Alessandra and asked for her phone number after church one day. The two young lovebirds began talking and texting. A few weeks later, Alec asked Alessandra to go with him to the Spring Formal at the school.

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After a fun night dancing and hanging with friends at Spring Formal, they both wanted to kiss on Allie’s doorstep but were each too nervous! Time passed, and in a few short weeks, Alec texted Allie one night during the week. He asked her if she would be in school the next day as he had an important question to ask her. Just outside of her homeroom class, on May 27, 2010, Alec asked Alessandra if she would be his girlfriend. She said yes joyfully and the rest is history! These two high school sweethearts began the journey of a lifetime.

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how they asked

We had planned for almost a whole week to go to Belmar for the day and check out this restaurant a friend had told him about and to celebrate us starting up new jobs. Belmar holds a special place in our hearts and is our favorite beach, so we figured why not go enjoy the last bit of summer!The day before as we are preparing for our trip to Belmar on Saturday, my fiancé then tells me to make sure I dress cute. I didn’t think anything of it, I just assumed because he likes it when I wear dresses that he just wanted me to wear a dress. So I did! On the ride down we took a few stops here and there at local stores and outlets, me still thinking nothing of it. On our way to Belmar, I started to get a bit annoyed, only because he seemed to have been pre-occupied; he was on his phone a lot, and I was stared to get a little annoyed. So we finally make it to the beach, and as we were walking up to the water he is still on his phone and not paying any attention. So with me being a bit hangry and annoyed, it wasn’t going so well. After zero success in finding seashells, my fiancé then says we should start to head back to get dinner.

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On our walk back he then calls to me to say he thinks he forgot my phone back in the sand. So now I am getting even more annoyed and slightly aggravated that he left my phone! Without even thinking I turn back and exclaim my frustration wondering how he forgot my phone. As we are waking back I explained to him that my phone is in the bag, which is in his hand. Then he plays it off, and then says he forgot and laughed in an awkward way. So now we start to head back to the
boardwalk, he is behind me a few feet and again texting away just completely ignoring me. As I almost approached the stairs to the boardwalk, he then asks me to stop and to come to him. Without blowing up; not just because I’m hungry or he’s been on his phone, I turn and walk towards him with a slight attitude. He then asks to take my hands and is just standing there smiling at me. I just thought he was gonna apologize for being on his phone, but I was totally wrong.

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Gullible me is smiling away as he is saying all these sweet things to me, about how “we have had many memories and nicknames for each other, I am his first girlfriend and his first love.” And then after that, he then says, “but there is one last name I want you to have. I want you to be my wife.” Tears are streaming down my face and my heart is in my ears. I had no idea this was coming and I didn’t expect to be proposed to that day. As I’m crying and trying to form words I said yes, and with my emotions all over the place because I was not expecting it I gave him the wrong hand by mistake.

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So after we hug and he puts the ring in my hand I see his family comes running down from the boardwalk. My fiancé then goes into explaining the reason why he was on his phone and seemed preoccupied was that he was trying to make sure his family was in a position to get pictures of his proposing to me. He has this planned for a while and requested his family hide and capture our very special moment. I was and still am in awe of how much effort and planning he went into, and how I never suspected a thing.

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Special Thanks

Tori Petrillo Photography
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