Ashley and Alex

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How We Met

It all started late August in 2013, when I was sitting at home extremely bored. I had been thinking about how long I had been out of the dating scene, so I (very surprisingly) started searching through my phone for different dating apps. I knew from the beginning that this was not right for me, but I went ahead with it anyways. After receiving many forced, and somewhat creepy messages, I FINALLY received a normal, simple message: “Hey pretty girl.” At this point, I already had every intention of deleting that app, as I found that I would not be able to find a connection with someone without meeting them in person first. BUT, I still gave the conversation a shot. Starting a conversation with a stranger online is never going to go smoothly and perfectly normal, but this was the most normal one yet. I searched through his profile and a few pictures, read about his hobbies, which included playing hockey (pulled at my heartstrings a little). We found out that we had two very close mutual friends, which made the conversation much easier. We then exchanged numbers, said goodnight, and that was that. I convinced myself that meeting someone online would never work, so I deleted the app within 5 minutes of saying goodnight.

The following days, Alex and I exchanged a few lingering text messages, but I had already told myself it wouldn’t work, so I stopped responding. A few days later, one of our mutual friends, Holly, invited me out to dinner, and told me she had heard that I had talked to Alex. Alex called her boyfriend at the time, and asked a few questions about me to see if he should pursue it or not. Holly told me they had two extra tickets to a concert a few days later. I already had plans to attend the US Open with my dad, something we did together every year, so I told Holly it probably would not work out. A few days later, the night before the concert to be exact, I changed my mind and told Holly I would go with them, and meet Alex.

I remember walking into my friend’s kitchen and seeing Alex for the first time and wow was he handsome. I’ll never forget the outfit or first conversation we had. The rest of the day was eventful and I got nervous and made the worst possible first impression, to say the least. But it gave us something to talk about after the concert, when we sat in the bed of his truck and talked for 45 minutes. Had it not been for that one conversation, I highly doubt we’d be together today. The following days we texted here and there, and made a plan to meet up at his families restaurant. That night we had our first kiss, and I had a good feeling we would become something special.

Over the next few weeks, we tried to see eachother whenever we could. Alex worked a lot, and played hockey most days so it was tough, but I still had a good feeling about us. A short 5 weeks after meeting him, I realized that I loved him and wanted to spend forever with him. On November 30, 2013, Alex FINALLY asked me to be his girlfriend.

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how they asked

Fast forward a year and we are sitting at dinner the night before our one year anniversary. I asked Alex if he thought a year from then, we would be engaged. He replied with “I’m not sure, maybe, maybe not,” and my heart sunk a little at the thought of waiting more than a year to get engaged. BUT 364 days later he got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever.

Rewinding a little though, about a month before the proposal, he asked my dad for his blessing. Something he knew was very important to me. My dad and I have always been very close, and his relationship with Alex meant a lot to me. About two weeks before the proposal, he had his friend call him (while I was intentionally sitting right there), and ask if Alex and I wanted to go on a hike the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I had been asking Alex to go on this hike for a while, but I didn’t think anything of it, since his friend was the one that invited us to go. We had not seen his friend (Bryan), or his girlfriend (Ashley) in over 6 months, so I just figured they wanted to do something fun and outdoorsy together to catch up on lost time. Bryan also happens to be a professional photographer, so Alex was covering all of the bases of this proposal.

Alex also had his cousin invite me to get my nails done the day of the engagement. She told me she was making an advertisement for her new makeup salon, and needed a good manicure so her hands looked nice in the video. I once again didn’t think anything of it, especially since I’m overly obsessive with my nails and everyone knows it. That morning I ended up being lazy and skipping the manicure, no matter how hard Alex pushed and offered to pay for it.

So we woke up the morning of our hike and it was rainy and cloudy out. I walked around the apartment looking for my rainboots and rain coat as our friends came to our apartment and we got ready to go.

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We started our hike up the mountain, with our friends taking pictures of us the whole way up. Once again, I did not think anything was going on since he was a professional photographer, so I just figured he wanted to take pictures of the nature and such. We reached the peak of the mountain and Alex was showing me something off in the distance. He took my phone out of my hands, threw it to Ash, and by the time I turned back around, he was down on one knee giving the sweetest proposal imaginable. I still get insane butterflies thinking about seeing him down on one knee asking me to be his wife.

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He placed the most beautiful ring I have ever seen on my finger (he seriously did reallllly good) and I still could not process what was going on. He had put so much thought and effort into this day, to this day I get the biggest smile on my face. Our friends captured over 150 pictures of our special moment, without us even realizing they were there.

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I could not wait to get home and tell my friends and family our big news, but the funny thing was, Alex was so excited that he had pretty much told everyone! I seriously cannot wait to marry my best friend this fall, and continue our perfect love story!

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