David and Alyssa

How We Met

I met my fiancé David when I was 16 years old. We had met in high school through mutual friends and soon after we started going out together. He was so sweet and funny and we became best friends. I knew he wanted to go to Portugal for college so a relationship was the furthest thing from my mind. In the meantime, we were just having a great time together as friends. The summer eventually came and David left to Portugal. He had only been there a couple of months before realizing that university abroad was not for him and came back home. We rekindled our friendship which then led to him asking me to be his girlfriend. Since then we have been through ups and downs, deaths, births and all the in-betweens that life has to offer.

how they asked

This summer while on vacation in Portugal he decided he would propose to me when our families were all together. On the morning of our engagement, after breakfast, he took me and our families to the back of his house where the pool and gardens are. He told me he wanted to remember this moment of us together with our families. He had his brother in law set up the camera and right after we took our pictures David squeezed my hand. I felt my heart beat up into my throat as he says to me… Amor, and then gets down on his knee and asks me to marry him.

David's Proposal in Portugal

Such a beautiful surreal moment even better than alllll the times I have pictured in my head. This Thanksgiving we will celebrate our 12th anniversary together and although it took many years of waiting for him to pop the question, I could not imagine a life with anyone else. It is true what they say, the best things in life are worth the wait. ❤️