Kelly and John

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How We Met

John and I met my sophomore year of high school. I had just moved back to Seattle and started going to Mount Rainier high school. One day our mutual friend came up to me and said “hey Chino thinks you’re cute.” At the time John went by Chino as a nickname and I was like “who the heck is that?” And the rest is history.

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How They Asked

December 19th actually marks the anniversary of our very first date. I was so hoping that today would be the day being the sentimental person that I am. He had told me a few days ago that he wanted to go take pictures at this lighted arch downtown knowing that I love Christmas lights and getting dressed up for pictures. I was super excited and looking forward to this.

The morning of the proposal, I was definitely thrown off track. I was adamant a few days before that this HAD to be it. Given the day, the meaning, and the activity. But when the day came and John was just chilling on the couch as if we had no plans whatsoever, I was momentarily crushed! I kept telling myself I was wrong and it was no longer happening today so as not to get my hopes up. I decided around midday to just get ready for the day regardless and then around 30 minutes later, John walks in and says “let’s go take pictures at the arch!” My mind starts rushing and I’m completely frazzled and a ball of stress at this point.

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I finished getting ready and we start driving down to the lighted arch. I was so nervous but I was totally trying to play it off. We got to around that area and John takes me to the opposite side of the street to behind the Starbucks. I was confused because the arch was completely on the other side and not seen from where we were. After a few minutes, we start walking over to the arch. Not exactly knowing how we would get our picture set up (we had a tripod), John decides to take some pictures of me first.

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Knowing now this was a time killer and then he comes up to me and starts taking selfies. He would not let me turn around or move and the next thing you know, I see all of our close friends and family lining up with balloons that read “Will you marry me?” At this moment is when I start to lose it. John gets down on one knee and says “it has been 8 years since our very first date, are you ready to spend the rest of our lives together?” I definitely said yes after bawling my eyes out in disbelief.

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I had imagined this moment a million times in my head but nothing could have prepared me for the rush of emotions that would flow through my body. All in all, being surrounded by everyone I love and being asked to spend the rest of my life with my high school sweetheart…. nothing could compare. I can’t wait for forever!

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