Melanie and Darren
How We Met
In the summer of 2016 Darren and I met on the same trip to the Bahamas during the 4th of July. Sparks flew that weekend filled with fishing, diving, and beach hopping. Darren’s work led him to New York City and, being a Florida girl, it was tough to leave the sunshine state. However, I followed my heart and our love was quickly cemented in the concrete jungle.
How They Asked
Darren proposed on 12/1/18 on the rooftop of our first home together. My family was already planning to be in town for a festive Christmas-in-the-city weekend, and I was fooled into thinking we were taking a family Christmas photo. Darren coordinated a surprise engagement and, later that evening, a surprise party with all our friends in the city. Darren picked out my ring with some help from our mothers. To Darren’s later knowledge, the ring ended up being identical to the exact ring I imagined and dreamed of. Darren and I plan to get married in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, where we both spent our childhood summers with family.