Jena and Andrew

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How We Met

Andrew and I first met through a mutual friend in mid-December 2014. After texting back and forth for about a week, we planned our first date for dinner and a movie. Our evening was filled with great conversation and lots of laughter, and by the end of the night, we both knew this was the real deal.

In February 2015 we made our relationship official, and the rest is history.

We’ve spent the last three years traveling the world, feasting on all-you-can-eat sushi, going to the movies, hunting for Funko Pops, and putting insane amounts of miles on our cars as we trade off weekend visits.

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how they asked

Andrew and I take an annual trip each March to celebrate our birthdays. In 2017, we had a lot to celebrate – I turned 28, Andrew turned the big 3-0, and we were celebrating Andrew’s new job as a mental health nursing instructor.

Long before Andrew and I met, he set a goal for himself to visit 10 countries by the time he turned 30. He had been to nine, and of course I couldn’t let that go unnoticed as we neared his birthday. So I planned a trip for us to spend 5 days across the pond in London with a 2-day stopover in Reykjavík, Iceland first.

We only had one full day on our stopover and decided to spend it on a day tour of southern Iceland. Our day started with a very cold and snowy trip to see the black sand beaches and Reynisdrangar rock formations in Vík. Luckily for us, the weather started to change as we strolled along the Mýrdalshreppur glacier and by the time we reached our third stop, the sun was shining and the temperature was mild.

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Andrew always recounts his first trip to Iceland, and how these attractions were deserted before the country became such a huge tourist destination. One of his favorite pictures from his first trip was him standing in front of this very waterfall with no one else in sight. So as I snapped pictures of the incredible Skógafoss waterfall, Andrew set out to clear a spot so we could recreate that picture.

I walked over to insist that it wasn’t necessary, only to realize that the stage was set for our photo and the sweet couple sitting behind us on our tour bus was already in position with a camera and phone for pictures. In the mist of the waterfall, Andrew turned straight to me and said, “I know how much you hate getting wet…” (too true!) “…but this was the perfect opportunity.”

As he pulled the box out of his pocket and dropped down on one knee, suddenly so many things made sense: why he insisted I get my nails done after I broke one going through security in Newark; why he chose to wear his nice sweater on a day-long bus tour; and why he insisted that we have the stunning background of Skógafoss all to ourselves.

Andrew popped the question, I said yes, and a picture-perfect rainbow came into view over the falls.

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