Jordan and Darin

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How We Met

Darin and I met when we were in the 5th grade. We played in the same youth basketball organization growing up. We started dating in 2002 when we were in the 7th grade. We were at a middle school dance. He had his best friend come up and ask me if I wanted to be Darin’s girlfriend. I responded with an, “ok” and the rest is history. At the time I had no idea that I had just found the love of my life and best friend.

how they asked

For the past couple of years we have been renting a house for New Year’s Eve with a large group of our friends and this year was no different. We got to the house on the day before NYE and everyone started to show up. Darin and I left to pick up dinner for everyone and while we were away my best friend and everyone else at the house sprang into action. In less than an hour, they transformed the back deck into the magical spot where Darin would pop the question. When we got back to the house it was empty but I didn’t think anything of it. I just figured that everyone was outside. Darin said that we should go find them and he led me to the back deck and that is when I saw it. Candles and flowers led the way to a white backdrop strung with lights. There were also lights and pictures of us throughout the years hanging on the side of the deck. It was beautiful. He dropped down on one knee, pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him.

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I, of course, said yes! along with a, “thank you!”. When we got back into the house all our friends along with his parents, my parents, and my brothers were waiting for us. They all shouted, “Congratulations!” and popped champagne. Everyone managed to keep this from me and I had no idea. It was so special to be able to celebrate with our closet friends and family. I am so lucky that I found Darin all the way back in 2002 and I can’t wait to spend forever with him!

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