Karie and Stephen

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How We Met

Stephen and I met in Mrs. Gruden’s 3rd grade class. In 7th grade, we became official boyfriend and girlfriend. I was thrilled because I had a crush on him since the day I met him! We dated for a few months and then my world suddenly ended when Stephen called me one evening. The conversation went like this: Stephen: Karie I think we should just be friends Karie: What! What do you mean? Justin (Stephen’s best friend who I didn’t know was also on the phone): He’s breaking up with you!! After lots of tears, Stephen and I eventually became good friends again.

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We went our separate ways for high school and college. Every year during Thanksgiving break we would all meet up at our favorite bar. The year before we graduated college I ran into Stephen at the bar and we reconnected. Following our graduations from college we started talking more and more, which led to a Miami to New York long distance relationship. Eventually after a few years I moved to NY to move in with him.

how they asked

Stephen and I were heading home to Florida for his sister’s baby shower. He told me he planned a little surprise for us to have some alone time. He said we were going to drive out to St. Pete beach to his dad’s beach house (our favorite place) to watch the sunset and relax for a bit. When we got there we walked right onto the beach to catch the sunset and as I walked towards the water I saw my entire family and his (our puppy included) standing there. Stephen got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.

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After we all spent the evening celebrating together at the beach. It was perfect.

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Special Thanks

Jamie Valentino
 | Photographer