Erica and Michael Shane

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How We Met

EEK! One of my favorite stories, that has a million background stories- but the elevator version is that Shane and I met in 2013 while we both were attending West Virginia University (Let’s Go, Mountaineers!). Shane and I were both involved in Greek Life – I was/am a sister of Sigma Kappa, and Shane was/is a brother of Kappa Alpha Order.

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The first time I ever met Shane, it was while I was campaigning for Kappa Alpha’s sweetheart, and I introduced myself to him at a KA BBQ. After I was titled Sweetheart, I was always at the KA house, and Shane and I grew to become very close friends. Over time, we became inseparable, and he officially asked me to be his girlfriend a few months later!

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How They Asked

I know I said the “How We Met” story was my favorite, but I have to admit that “The How He Asked” is my NEW favorite!

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Shane proposed on March 13th, 2020 at the Moshulu – a gorgeous boat that overlooks the Philadelphia skyline. The Moshulu is an extremely sentiment and special place to me and my family, and the thought he put into choosing this location meant the absolute world to me. Shane met me at the front of the boat and brought me out onto the boat deck, where a stunning sight of roses, candles, and a lit sign saying “MARRY ME” was waiting.

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Shane got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and of course, I said YES! As we started taking photos, my family and a best friend popped out to surprise me- I was floored! The plan was then to go out for dinner to celebrate, but when we arrived at the “dinner” spot, it turned out to be an Airbnb that Shane had rented out, and a surprise party awaited me.

As I walked in and everyone screams “SURPRISE”, I found myself surrounded by all of our dearest and closest friends. As someone starts to play “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, all of my closest guy friends, who were lining the staircase, began to come forward to hug me and hand me a rose.

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Needless to say, I ugly cried, and was absolutely speechless! We spent the rest of the weekend with all of our friends who had traveled in for our special day, and it was seriously a dream come true. Thank so much to all our friends and family that made it such a special day for us. We love you!

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