Joanna and Shawn

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How We Met

Shawn and I met in high school. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. Our best friends were actually the one’s dating and honestly, Shawn and I were just forced to hangout. My best friend told me that Shawn kind of liked me, but I wasn’t the easiest to convince. It took a couple months of hanging out and getting to know each other and I finally agreed to go on a date with him. We have now been together for almost eight and a half years!

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how they asked

Shawn and I had a Vacation planned to go to Venice, Florida where my parents own a condo on the beach. We go every year- it’s our home away from home and our favorite place. This year, we had our trip planned the week before Christmas and we were super excited for a relaxing trip to unwind and enjoy the warm sunshine. A couple days into the trip, it was like a completely normal day (or so I thought)… We got up, went out to the beach and then Shawn wanted to go to lunch at a new Tiki Hut we were dying to try! So of course, I was all in and we got ready quick and had a delicious lunch. Once we got back to the condo, I wanted to go back to the beach to tan all afternoon and Shawn was like “well let’s just wait a little longer!” and I was trying to rush. We FINALLY made our way out to the beach and Shawn was like “let’s set up over here” (behind where other people were sitting, because he knows I hate being the center of attention). He put out all our stuff and about 5 minutes into sitting there, I stood up to reapply sunscreen and Shawn got down on one knee and proposed. At the end of the proposal, he pointed over to the pool area where our best friends were watching the entire thing! I was in complete shock! I was engaged AND my best friends from NY and SC came all the way to Florida to be a part of this incredible surprise. I could not of been happier and more excited. We all spent the week hanging out and celebrating- it was absolutely perfect!

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