Christina and Tanjim

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How We Met

A friend of mine was planning a big party for her twin sisters’ “Sweet 16” birthday party. There was going to be a big dance number and everything. She asked me if I would help with decorations and be a part of the dance. I agreed since I loved anything where I could be creative.

Tanjim and I first met when we started doing dance practices. He was great at spinning me around and I always asked if he would spin me even though I wasn’t his dance partner. After a couple weeks of dance practices, he asked me one day if I’d like to go skydiving with him and some friends. I’ve always wanted to go, so of course I said, yes. Towards the end of that night, I could tell I was starting to have feelings for him and as he was leaving, I wanted to give him a hug or do something to move closer to him. He wore this cologne, Chanel Bleu, that made me drop to my knees, so I used it as an excuse, asking him if I could just “stand here and hug him” because he smelled so good. He smiled and we just stood there holding each other.

Later that night, I texted him telling him that I still smelled like him and we stayed up until the early hours of the morning talking about everything. That was the beginning of everything.

how they asked

After a crazy year of health problems between our families, we realized towards the end of the year that we really hadn’t had time for “just us” in over a year. We decided to plan a vacation for a few days in the next few months. He decided that he would plan it all and it would be a surprise.

I agreed, but I needed a heads up as far as what to pack as I’m a big planner. Fast forward to the day we get on a plane. He lets me open an envelope with 2 boarding passes in them. One has our next destination, a layover in Dallas. The other boarding pass I can’t open until we get there. My head is spinning because I’m trying to figure out which islands are nearby from a layover in Texas. I decide to just let things be and enjoy the adventure. We land in Dallas and I open the next ticket. We were going to Hawaii!

I’ve wanted to go there since I was 12 years old! For my 12th birthday, I even had a Hawaiian luau party because I was so obsessed with it – think every book about Hawaii from Amazon in my bedroom including a bedspread with hula girls on it. After a long day of traveling, we finally arrived. It’s even more beautiful than I could’ve imagined. We spent the first evening getting dinner and watching the sunset from our hotel balcony.

The next day we took the Iolani Palace tour, visited the Dole Plantation, and drove around the island a little bit before he said we needed to leave soon. I thought it was kind of odd that we had to rush back to our hotel before going to dinner as we didn’t really have set times for anything, but figured he had a nice dinner reservation somewhere so I let it go. We changed pretty quickly and he said he wanted to go to a lookout point before we go to dinner because the views are amazing as the sun is setting. The drive seemed like it took forever and I was a little hangry since I hadn’t had dinner yet.

We get to Makapu’u Point and we’re overlooking this gorgeous view on the side of a mountain where you look to the left and see tall, lush green mountains, a crystal blue ocean, and rocky brown mountains to our rights. Off in the distance, you could even see a whale spout which made it even more gorgeous.

Tanjim kept walking back and forth in different spots and I was getting kind of tired of moving around so much. We took a handful of selfies in front of the view and this girl asks if we’d like her to take one for us. We agreed and she took a couple on his phone. Then she said, “Let me take one on my camera (she had a DSLR) and I’ll just email it to you.” She took a couple shots and then said, “You guys look so cute!” which apparently was his cue to drop down on one knee…

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Special Thanks

Chelsea Abril
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