Alexis and Neal

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How We Met

I had just moved back to Baton Rouge, LA, after living in New Orleans, LA, for 4 years and I was searching for a gym to join. Facebook suggested Neal’s gym page – Dakmak Performance Fitness – as a “page you might like”. I gave the page a thumbs up, and then Neal messaged me asking if I was interested in joining. He is the gym owner, and I thought, wow, that was the easy! I found a new gym/trainer, and my goodness he’s gorgeous! Thanks Facebook! We finally met in person on August 28, 2014 at Pluckers Wing Bar watching a Thursday night N.O. Saints football game with my friend Capri and his roommate Luke. We had our first official date two days later at Beausoleil Restaurant, and watched the LSU game that night. The rest is history!

how they asked

It was December 14, 2016, the day before my 30th birthday, and we were spending my birthday week in Cabo San Lucas! We were on a boat heading to see the famous arch and go snorkeling. There were only two other couples on the boat with us along with the captain and his mate. As we approached the arch, one couple was at the front of the boat taking a photo, and of course I had to get one of us together. Neal handed someone the cell phone to take a photo, and purposefully put it on video mode to capture the entire thing. I was oblivious to this – and right after we took the photo, he dropped down on one knee!!!

The boat was rocking due to the waves and we were both trying to keep our balance. He said “Baby, I love you! Will you marry me?!” I was in TOTAL shock, said YES, and screamed OH MY GOD when I saw the ring!

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The commentary during the whole thing was priceless. One lady said “Well put it on, don’t let it go over the edge” – since we both just stared at it for a few moments. The other boats were all clapping and cheering “Muy Bueno”! It was absolutely perfect, and I have probably watched the video 1 million times. It is posted on my Instagram :)

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