Danielle and Alex

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How We Met

We joined each other’s circle of friends in high school in 2003. On May 6, 2004 the finale of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. aired and we stayed on the phone for longer than we’d like to admit, discussing our mutual love of the show, and every other topic under the sun. That night we became best friends and started our tradition of LONG nightly phone calls.

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In 2006, we became more than friends when Alex asked me to be his girlfriend during a walk around the quad at lunch. We’ve been together ever since, including 4 years of long distance while I was away in college, 4 months while I studied abroad in Italy, Alex’s journey to Japan, and through my travels around the world for work.

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how they asked

The proposal was designed an homage to our relationship together so far. We first had dinner at a local family restaurant, Stonefire. I picked the restaurant for two reasons: 1. We had worked there together for years, making memories and friends. 2. Danielle knew to expect a proposal soon, and I wanted to avoid raising her suspicions with a new or swankier restaurant. After dinner, we left for a supposed DJ gig that I told Danielle I had booked at our old high school for an event called The Melody of Words. In actuality, The Melody of Words (where we shared our first dance), hasn’t been held since we graduated.

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I had my friends design flyers and posters to promote the fake event weeks in advance, and coordinated with our principle to use the school. I also got help from parents and friends in decorating the high school quad with hundreds of candles, lights, and a red carpet.

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The final touch was a speaker set up to be playing some of our favorite love songs. When we arrived at the school Danielle was clueless until she walked out to the quad and heard Van Morrison’s “Moon dance” playing. I took her on a walk around the quad, just like so many years ago when I asked her to be my girlfriend. I reflected on our years together, while Danielle fought back tears. Finally, we ascended the stairs to the quad’s stage, where I dropped to one knee and popped the question… She said Yes!

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Some friend’s came out of the shadows for congratulations, before we left for some ice cream at Baskin Robbins (just like our first date). We enjoyed the quiet moment together before I took her back to her Mom’s house for a surprise engagement party with family and friends! It was a romantic review of our relationship so far, and an amazing way to kick start our next chapter!

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Special Thanks

Whitney McGillicuddy
 | Photographer