Gina and Patrick

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How We Met

The greatest thing about joining a sorority in college is all of the new friends you make and the people you get to meet!

In February of my freshman year at Iowa State, some of my sorority sisters were planning on going to a fraternity bus party. Most of my friend group was going and wanted me to go along as well, but I was from out of state and knew no one in the fraternity! Some of the girls convinced their dates to find me someone random, just so I could go to the party with all of them. Blindly, I was set up with Patrick, a farm guy from the grade above mine. I had no idea what to expect – I had never met the guy before! But man, am I lucky I did. That night we hit it off! So well in fact that the next day, he took me out for a great supper and a “real” first date on Valentine’s Day.

From football games to college events, to working in the fields, I’ve been blessed to have him by my side. Who knew a blind date would turn into forever?

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How They Asked

The pictures tell the story!! After a day full of magic, rides, and delicious food at the Happiest Place on Earth, it was time for one last set of photos in front of the castle at dusk with the castle lit up in hues of blue and pink.

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We took a few regular photos, smiling and happy, a few kissing photos and before I know it, Patrick is down on one knee. “From this moment on, our lives will never be the same.” I just thought he was saying this because we were leaving Disney, but boy was I surprised!

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I had absolutely zero ideas that it was going to happen on this trip. He’s one for the dramatics and the faking of proposals. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the rest of our lives together than watching the final show at Disney.

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