Hannah and Matthew

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How We Met

Our story is a chapter straight out of the movie, He’s Just Not That Into You. I was always the girl that liked a guy and was instantly friend-zoned, so after a while, I just gave up and focused on school and my friends. Until one day one of my amazing sorority sisters asked if she could set me up with one of her guy friends named Matthew for an upcoming social event. I was so hesitant and nervous but when we met in person on September 2, 2017, at his fraternity tailgate I instantly knew that he was the one I was going to marry one day. Unfortunately, his friends became close with my friends, and once again I was friend-zoned.

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Eventually, we both graduated college and went our separate ways but the feelings I had for him never went away. It didn’t help that I would continuously see him during our friend’s group trips and reunions, but nothing ever sparked. So, I did what any girl would do when she finally realizes that the guy she likes is just not into her and deleted his number.

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One of my best friends from college has this saying, “it’s not over until it’s over” and boy is she right. In May 2020 I got the text I never saw coming. We had a friend’s wedding coming up and Matthew texted me to see if he could fly to Dallas a few days before and hang out. When I picked him up from the airport I thought my heart was going to fly out of my chest because I was so nervous but as soon as we started talking it felt like the most natural thing in the world. The next day, Matthew finally broke the friend zone, kissed me, and asked me the question I had been waiting to hear for 3 years: Will you be my girlfriend? It was the easiest yes ever!

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How They Asked

To ring in 2022 we planned a family vacation to Panama City Beach, Florida with my family and Matthew’s family. Our families get along really well, and I truly just thought we were going on a trip to celebrate New Year’s Eve and enjoy the beach and some sunshine. Little did I know that for over a month leading up to this trip my wonderful mom, sister, and fiancé were planning the most perfect proposal I could have ever dreamed of. It had been a while since my family had taken family pictures, so before the trip, my mom told me we were going to take family pictures on the beach on NYE. I got a new dress, my hair done and nails done for these pictures but never thought I’d be preparing for my own engagement.

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On NYE it was so foggy that you couldn’t even see the beach, so the plan was for my family to leave early to “scope out beaches that weren’t foggy.” I drove with Matthew and his family to the beach where we were going to take family pictures and they got out of the car and walked ahead of us on the boardwalk. Matthew and I trailed behind them and when we got to the bottom of the steps I saw our families lined on one side and big balloons spelling out MARRY ME. I instantly cried happy tears as I realized that I was about to be engaged to the love of my life. In addition to having a photographer capture this special moment, my dad flew his drone over the proposal, which created a stunning video that we can watch over and over again. It was the most perfect proposal that we were able to celebrate with our families and a day I will never forget!

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Our Video

Special Thanks

Nicole
 | Photographer