Jakia and James

How We Met

We met in 2011. I had just joined the military and was new to the area. My co-worker had a party at his house. I met him there. He was my co worker’s roommate. We hit it off but just as friends. We hung out a few times but our lives were so different it was hard to keep in touch. He wasn’t in the military so his circle of friends was different than mine.

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A year later he ended up moving, but we kept in contact throughout the years through social media. We had a friends reunion in 2013 and I ran into him again. We grabbed lunch and caught up on life. He told me he had joined the military and was waiting for his ship date. At this time I was preparing for my first deployment so I was unable to see him off. That was the last time I saw him until 2017.

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We always remained great friends and stayed in contact here and there. It wasn’t until Thanksgiving that our lives realigned again. He reached out to me and wished me a happy Holiday and told me he had just moved out to Washington and invited me to come, visit.

Of all the times seeing him, this time felt so different. It felt as if something kept pulling us together but this time it was the perfect timing in our lives and we just connected in a different way. It truly felt as if my soul connected with his the moment I saw him. I hid my feelings from him because I didn’t want to make him feel awkward with the new feelings I just discovered. The second day that I was there, we were having lunch and he just blurted out “I love you”.

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Ever since then we have been together. I deployed again and we stayed in touch. Since I lived in Florida and he lived in Washington it made it difficult to see each other as often as we would like. We racked up so many sky miles, but true love knows no distance. 16 months later I received military orders to California and it made seeing each other once every 3 months to once if not twice a month.

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Jakia and James's Engagement in The Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, California

How They Asked

He surprised me one weekend and took me out on a three-day getaway. That’s when he decided to propose in the most romantic way. Long-distance has been challenging but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Soon we will be living our fairytale together in the same household and I couldn’t be happier!

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Special Thanks

Todd Rafalovich
Photographer
Anna Marie
Harpist