Erika and Steven

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How We Met

I have known his family for years, however I had never met him. His mom coached my softball team when I was nine and was always somehow popping into my life. Like all good things that a new year brings, I met Steven at his families New Year’s Eve party. My father was currently in the ICU recovering from unexpected heart surgery. It was most definitely the darkest time in my life & he came in and brightened my world. We hit it off with an instant connection. During the first few months of our relationship Steven was transferred to California for work. However, after seven months of a long distance relationship he was brought back home (six months early)! We couldn’t imagine spending another day apart so I moved in almost immediately.

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how they asked

We have been lucky enough to travel across the United States together, twice. We have had many incredible “perfect” places to get engaged. I wouldn’t have changed the way he proposed if I could. I thought we were driving up to Niagara Falls to have a little night to ourselves before we spent the rest of the weekend with his family to celebrate his mom’s birthday. He made dinner reservations at an amazing restaurant with a clear view of the falls. We had a table right at the window and were surprised with fireworks during dinner. After dinner he insisted on driving to the falls and walking around. It was freezing cold, the ground was a layer of ice. He was so nervous, huffing and puffing but in the midst of the rain and snow, he knelt down in a massive puddle and asked me to marry him.

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I just kept saying ‘a million times” and never actually said yes. He finally reminded me to say yes before slipping the most perfect ring I have ever seen on my finger. The surprises continued because both of our families were in on the proposal.

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Both of our parents snuck into our hotel room and decorated while we were at dinner. We spent the rest of the weekend with both our families on a wine tour through Niagara-on-the-Lake. It was the most amazing weekend.

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Special Thanks

Michal-Kathryn Hinz
 | Photography