Anna and Ethan

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How We Met

Ethan and I met in middle school. We would MySpace message and pass notes in class, but never dated and lost touch after we graduated high school. A few years into college I got the urge to look him up on Facebook. He accepted my friend request and sent me a Facebook message asking for my number. Our first date was watching a movie at his parents house. There was a scene in the movie at a wedding where the bride and groom are doing a choreographed dance. Ethan turned and told me how he wanted to do that at his wedding. Internally I started panicking because I really can’t dance. On my way home that night I sent my best friend from high school a message “I think I just met my future husband” Ethan and I started talking marriage pretty early into our relationship. He was at school a few hours away from our home town, and I was going to a local college, so we knew it wouldn’t be anytime soon. After graduation he moved back home so we could stop being long distance. Over the next few years we survived changing jobs, health scares and everyday problems. We started house hunting, but the marriage talk had slowed down so I asked that he just make sure my nails were painted and I looked cute when he asked.

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how they asked

In June we normally have a party with his family celebrating his Mom’s birthday and Father’s Day. This year he told me his mom wanted some nice family pictures for her birthday so we were going to all meet at their house that Saturday. Totally normal for us, so I didn’t think anything of it. I went to a bridesmaid fitting, lunch with my dad, did some shopping, texted his sister completely clueless. Ethan asked me to text him some pictures of what dresses I had and then told me to wear the white one for the pictures. He came and picked me up around 6:30. We got to his house and saw his sister in the backyard with a photographer. She said everyone was inside getting ready. Ethan walked me around the backyard showing me the decorations. We decided to sit in the pergola while we waited for everyone. The photographer asked to take a couple shots of us. Then Ethan asked me to stand up for a minute. He reached behind a pillow and pulled out the ring box. All I could think to do was yell “no way”. He got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

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The door to his house opened and his dad walked out with my dad and both our families behind them. My dad lives about 7 hours way so it was so special to have him there. Ethan and his family had put together an entire surprise engagement party for us to celebrate the engagement with both our families.

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Special Thanks

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