Clare and Matthew

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How We Met

I met Matt in the weirdest of circumstances, and at a crazy time in my life, but I honestly wouldn’t trade it for anything.

The first time I met him we were at a party, and I can honestly tell you that I expected this conversation to be another “can I have your number? I’ll text you,” and then I’d never hear from him again. That’s usually how these things go, and for a month that is how it went! You could call it fate, but one night while I was sitting in my living room no makeup on, doing homework with my really attractive reading glasses on someone knocked on my door. I was too lazy to get up so as many people do at college I yelled, “Come in!!!!!” The person that walked in and handed me a flyer to another party was Matt! I think I said something like, “oh hey! What’s up?,” and we talked for a bit but then he left. HE TEXTED ME THAT NIGHT. Must have been the glasses.

Our first date was watching the bachelorette, and talking. For HOURS. I didn’t even know that I could talk to someone for that long! About a month later we made our relationship official, and then we made it Facebook official.

I knew I loved him when I had to leave him after that semester. It was a hard goodbye, but I knew that he was going to be the person I’d spend forever with. Come to find out when he left me that day he also knew that I was the person he wanted to spend forever with.

how they asked

We dated all throughout summer break, and saw each other 3 times in the span of 6 weeks. The last time we saw each other before school started he came up to my house Memorial Day weekend. That was the weekend he asked my dad for permission to marry me. Obviously, my dad said yes, and it was basically all up to Matt to propose!

Once we got back up to college it was school, late night runs to McDonalds, Mexican food from our favorite restaurant, and lots of movie watching. We knew we were going to be getting married, and I knew he had been looking at rings, because we had a shared Pinterest board so he could see what style I wanted. We decided it would be best if we went and looked at rings in person, because we weren’t sure what ring size I was.

3 shops later, and every ring I thought I liked looked terrible on me. Except for one, and I immediately fell in love. It was a yellow gold, thin band, halo, with small diamonds that went around the band. It was classic, and beautiful. Which was exactly what I had wanted. AND the ring was a perfect fit.

Matt snapped me a picture of it when he finally got the ring so I knew the proposal was coming.

There were tons of fake outs, and lots of “this is torture… the ring is literally in your sock drawer.”

Im so glad that he proposed when he did though, because it was perfect. It was really sunny, and hot. It definitely didn’t feel like fall, and it was pretty much a perfect day. It was a Sunday, but it was general conference (so no church), but we decided to go on campus to watch it in one of the buildings. Afterwards we went back to my apartment so I could make us lunch. Then Matt said “Hey let’s go walk around the temple!” I said ok and we went.

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We got to the temple, and parked. As we got out of the car Matt said “do you think I should bring my coat? It might get cold.” It was 85 degrees. I think that should have been my first clue that he was proposing. We walked down some steps, and sat at a bench. He looked at me and said, “we know we want to get married, and there’s only one thing left for me to do.” It was that moment that I looked and I saw someone hiding in the bushes with a camera pointed at us, and it was such a surreal moment. I literally said, “oh my gosh are you proposing right now!?,” and he got down on one knee, and said “Clare Rose Burns will you marry me?”

I’ve never been happier to say the word “yes,” and I’ve never been happier than I am now.

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