Carly and Corey

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How We Met: I first met Corey when I visited my best friend at college over the summer. He played football for the school, and somehow, my friend had accidentally ended up in the athletic dorms for the summer semester. We had plans to be roommates the following semester, and she convinced me to go with her to bring donuts to the housing manager as a bribe to put her in the athletic dorms again (she really enjoyed the perk of having the guys take out her trash for her). It worked! Coincidentally, Corey ended up being our neighbor. We’ve been together ever since!

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how they asked: We were seniors in college, just about to graduate, and I was convinced he was never asking. After a fun night with our friends, we came home and I went straight to our room to get ready for bed. I noticed Corey was acting strange, but didn’t really think anything of it. He was in the kitchen for a long time, and I kept calling him and asking if he was OK. Next thing I knew, our dog, Bella (a Valentine’s Day gift from Corey a few years ago- she is basically our daughter) jumped up on my lap, and when I went to pet her- I saw it.

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My perfect ring- the same one I had casually pointed out in a magazine months ago (yet, was secretly in love with), was tied around Bella’s collar. I immediately burst into tears and Corey came into the room with a huge smile on his face, kissed me and asked me to marry him. To me, our engagement perfectly mirrors our relationship- simple, comfortable, and 100% heartfelt. It is truly the most memorable night of my life, next to our wedding!

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Photos by the amazingly talented Jessi Caparella of j photography. Check out Jessi’s work on Facebook too.