Kayleigh and Jacob

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How We Met

Our story? Well, we met in the summer of 2008, when both of our families were vacationing at Echo Lake Camp in Maine. Jake is from Jacksonville, FL and I am from Cape May, NJ and we both were just teenagers at a family camp with our grandparents. One night a couple of days into camp we sat down on a secluded bench on a little patio that overlooked the lake and ended up talking all night.

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After camp, we both went home to different states and talked every night for a year. Then we broke off contact, we loved each other very much but had school to think about and focus on. Now flash forward to January of 2015, I had moved to NYC and had graduated from NYU. We started talking again and it was like nothing had changed. In May 2015, Jake moved up to NYC so we would never be long-distance again.

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We got married in Charleston, South Carolina on July 30, 2018. 10 years to the day that we sat up all night talking.

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How They Asked

We custom designed my engagement ring together. It features our birthstones cut as hearts on either side of a central diamond. Toward the end of the process, I realized I still wanted to be surprised. So we planned 4 fabulous dates for every weekend in June, the Highline, Anastasia on Broadway, the New York Aquarium, Rocky Horror, etc. And it could happen at any time.

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On June 17, 2017, we spent a wonderful day at the New York Aquarium, had dinner at Rosa Mexicano, and then headed back to our home. I assumed it wasn’t happening tonight and stopped to grab the mail while Jake ran ahead (we live in a 6-floor walk-up. When I walked in the door he was down on one knee and (tried) to ask me to spend the rest of my life with him. He barely got the words out! I was so surprised! When I walked in I just grabbed the ring and said “YES!”

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Special Thanks

Elizabeth Unruh
 | Photographer