Julie and Avery

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How We Met

Avery and I met back in 2012 when we were 14 and 15 years old. We quickly became inseparable and fell head over heels for each other. Sadly after 6 months of dating, I moved across the state to Raleigh leaving us with no choice but to part ways. During my senior year of high school, I got my heart broken by someone else and reached out to Avery when I needed a friendly shoulder to cry on.

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It didn’t take long before we started falling in love again and after getting declined from my dream school, I ended up applying to WCU (where Avery was already attending) behind my parents’ back. I got accepted and decided to take a chance and follow my heart. It all worked out because we’ve been together ever since! We graduated college together, moved to Asheville, NC, got our sweet chocolate lab puppy, Moose, and finally got engaged after 6 years!

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How They Asked

In January of 2021, after celebrating our 6 year anniversary, I began to wonder how much longer Avery was going to make me wait before he proposed. I’m a patient girl… but 6 years is a long time! So I asked him if we were still on the same page if he still wanted to get married, if I was pressuring him or what was up. He reassured me that he did want to get married, knew it was time but he just had to figure out his financial situation before he could buy a ring.

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I decided to keep being patient and gave the engagement talk a rest. 4 months later we had talked and talked about doing a photoshoot with our friend Mary Mazzucco. We finally picked a date and I was under the impression that it was just going to be a styled shoot to show off a dress for Mary’s client closet. About a week before the photoshoot my best friend, Elisabeth, texted me and asked if she could tag along because the photoshoot was also going to be on her birthday and she wanted to spend time with us.

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The second she texted me, I became very suspicious knowing that if Avery was going to propose Elisabeth would want to be there. So the 4 of us hiked up to Hawksbill Mountain and started taking some photos. Mary suggested we take a few silly ones and had us turn back to back. She said on the count of 3 to turn around and repeat after her. “1, 2, 3: Julie will you marry me?” And when I turned around Avery was down on one knee asking me to marry him. A prayer I had been asking God for since I was 15 had finally been answered. I get to spend forever with my sweet Ave.

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Special Thanks

Mary Mazzucco
 | Photographer