Liz and Nick

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How We Met

Nick and I met in high school. We went to different high schools but both attended a specialty/magnet high school for engineering. We started dating in 10th grade at age 15. We stayed together through high school, graduation, and then we both went to Virginia Tech for engineering.

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Throughout college, we made new friends, shared new experiences, and grew our relationship from a high school one to something more serious. We each had internships which caused us to have to endure long-distance. Then, I graduated early and had to start my “grown-up” job while Nick finished his last year of college.

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At the beginning of Nick’s senior year, he accepted a job offer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This would be over 12 hours away from where we grew up and where I was working. After many long discussions, we decided that we would move down together. Throughout our relationship, Nick was adamant that we should live together before we got engaged, and I agreed as long as the marriage was somewhere in our future.

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How They Asked

After I quit my job and Nick graduated from college, we decided to take advantage of our free time and go on a 5-week European adventure. We planned for months, packed our bags, said “see ya later” to our families, and began our big trip. Our first destination was Paris. We arrived in the afternoon and headed straight from our Airbnb to the Eiffel Tower. When we got there, it was CRAWLING with tourists. Nick suggested we get up early and come back to avoid the crowds and get some pictures…so we did.

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On our first morning in Paris, we got up and walked back to the Eiffel Tower. It was empty and beautiful. Nick started setting up our camera and tripod so we could get some pictures. I was waiting and posing when he walked up to me, kissed me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him! I was so shocked because I knew he wanted to wait! I ugly cried for a bit, then we actually took pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower. The worst part was we had to wait a few hours because it was still the middle of the night in the US! But a few hours later I was able to video chat my family and tell them the good news and show them the ring! Then we had 5 weeks of traveling when we could just enjoy being engaged, which I am so thankful for. Being engaged is such a special time, I’m glad we didn’t rush into the wedding planning.