Jackie and Matt

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How We Met

Unfortunately I was in a car accident right before the first day of my junior year of high school. Luckily I wasn’t badly injured but sore enough that it warranted missing the first day of school. When I was able to go back to school I found out that everyone had already chosen partners for the rest of the year in my robotics class the day I was absent. Great, this meant I was stuck with the only other absentee, some freshman guy. He seemed nice enough and I thought it could have been much worse. As the year went on we found out we had a lot in common and shared a similar sense of humor. We quickly became really good friends (despite my constant teasing about him being younger and shorter than me). After another year of friendship, and him growing a couple inches, he waited to ask me out on New Year’s Eve to make a romantic statement and the rest is history.

how they asked

We had been waiting for a beautiful day that wasn’t too miserably hot to go to Longwood Gardens. It has always been a really special place to me as I was taken there many times growing up by both my parents and my grandfather who unfortunately passed away in 2009. I was really excited to go back to see all of the beautiful flowers, fountains, and to reminisce with my best friend. That morning I even found out that two of our close friends were also free to come with us to make it a double date, the more the merrier! As I got ready that morning I had a brief fleeting thought that Longwood Gardens would be a really beautiful, breath taking place for Matt to propose but that thought quickly left my mind. Little did I know I would be experiencing just how breath taking of a moment it would be in a few hours.

After we arrived we started walking around the grounds and showing our friends around since neither of them had ever been there before. As we approached the Italian Water Gardens I spotted a charming stone gazebo off of the main path by a stream and thought it would be a perfect spot for a picture. I lead Matt there and as our friends took their phones out to take our picture Matt started telling me how he was so happy were were able to go be there today and how amazing this summer had been together. Words can never fully express the joy I felt when he’s said he could only think of one thing that could make this summer better as he pulled a ring box out of his pocket, got down on one knee, and then asked me to marry him. I immediately started bawling tears of joy in surprised disbelief, it felt like I was in a dream. I didn’t feel like my feet touched the ground for the rest of the day I was so overwhelmed with a happiness I had never known before.

Apparently our friends were in on it and ready to capture the moment for us. I found out that night that Matt had been brainstorming with my parents trying to pick a place to propose that would be really meaningful to me. I couldn’t have imagined a better day and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.

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