Chelsea and Michael

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How We Met

Michael and I met at a Halloween party in October 2016. I’d just moved back home after graduating from college in May 2016. One of my friends from high school and her family host a massive Halloween party with a scavenger hunt. Mike went to college with her and her now husband. At the time we were both dating other people but fast forward two years later in 2018, we’re on the same scavenger hunt team. He and I sat in the backseat of my friends car going to all the locations on the list and at some point during the scavenger hunt I had put my hand out (palm up) to see if he would hold my hand. Of course I didn’t think that it was dark and he was wearing an eye patch (it was part of his costume). He later told me he did feel my vibe (he’d had me laughing the whole time) and that when he realized my hand was ready for holding, we had parked in front of my friend’s house to return to the party.

We later secluded ourselves in a part of the house and talked about movies and quoted funny lines and just talked. At one point my friend looked at her fiancé (now husband) and told him she noticed us “getting cozy” he asked if he should tell Mike to stop and she said, “No! Tell him to keep going, she likes it!” My friend who had driven me to the party took me home and I realized I’d left without getting Mike’s number. He later messaged me on Facebook and asked for my number. A week later we went on our first date.

How They Asked

Since Mike and I both lived at home during the entirety of our relationship, we’d dreamed of the day we could finally move in together. Mike had originally told me that he wanted to live together for at least a year before he would be ready to propose. We traveled to North Carolina in June 2021 for a wedding and Mike revealed to my family his secret plans for proposing to me.

We ultimately decided to buy our first house in July of 2021 and moved in October that same year. From there, it was a waiting game for the ring and the proposal (and I am not patient). Mike and I started making plans for the holidays with his family to travel to two different states, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. I had a feeling the proposal was going to happen during one of those trips. I actually found the ring a couple of days after he brought it home because he failed to hide it (I didn’t look at it, I just found the ring box).

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It was the week of Christmas and I had to run back to my mom’s house to pick up a few things. Mike had asked to tag along so we could go to Target and pick up last-minute gifts. We spent about an hour or so at my mother’s before heading home. As we’re driving home, Mike suggests that we pick up a bottle of liquor for the liquor swap at one of the Christmas parties we were going to. We get to the liquor store and find the bottle he wanted and as we’re about to check out, he suggests getting a mini bottle of prosecco to split. I found this odd because we had so many bottles of wine at home and we were going to be heading out of town soon.

We picked up a few more things before finally arriving home. The first thing I did after getting everything into the house was change into comfy clothes and make myself a cup of hot chocolate. Mike and I are sitting on the couch together and at one point, Mike just gets up and leaves the room. I hear him in the bedroom, don’t think anything of it. Heard him get a drink of water, but don’t think anything of it. Music starts playing from his phone, okay a little suspicious. Mike comes back into the room, bawling his eyes out, gets down on one knee and doesn’t get the words, ‘Will you marry me?’ out but he simply says, “It’s you. It’s always been you.”

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I’m in complete shock because I wasn’t expecting this to happen when it did but I’m so glad it did. It was in our new home, just the two of us and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Special Thanks

Stephen Mayo Photography
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