Michaela and Nicholas

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How We Met

Nick and I met 7 years ago; we went to rival high schools in the same school district. We had mutual friends and knew of each other, but had never talked. When he messaged me on Facebook asking for my number, the rest was history (as cheesy as that sounds!) We were inseparable from the very beginning, and I swear we’ve talked every day since. We dated in high school for about 6 months, eventually calling off the relationship (only to stay just as close – nothing really changed!) Once we graduated high school and Nick was to move 2 hours away for college, we both realized that was our chance. We agreed to jump back into things, knowing we would be long distance. Though it was difficult, he made every day being apart from him worth it. Two years into dating again, I transferred to the same university to be with him, and our relationship continued to grow. Another two years later, and we are now living together with our two dogs getting ready to begin planning our wedding. Boy am I glad we were both persistent!

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how they asked

I’ve always been fairly outdoorsy and adventurous, and Nick has always unconditionally supported this. One of my very first memories of the two of us together is how encouraging he was of my spontaneous suggestions to go hiking or find a new park to explore. For as long as I can remember in our relationship, hiking has brought us immense joy, and we would much rather explore the outdoors together, than go to dinner and a movie.

When Nick suggested that we spend the first decently warm day of spring at Hocking Hills state park I was excited, but thought it was nothing out of the ordinary. He woke me up that morning with coffee (the way to my heart) and then took me to a local farmer’s market for breakfast. We sat outside in the sun eating and talking, and I vividly remember telling him I had never felt more at peace and secure with anyone else. Weird how that worked out, but I think life has a funny way of nothing ever being a true coincidence. After breakfast, we made the hour drive to Hocking Hills, talking the whole way about how excited we were for the future. Once we got there, we started off on our favorite trail – Old Man’s Cave – a trail we had hiked countless times together, yet every time felt new and different with him. As we made our way toward the end of the trail, I noticed a white sign directing the way. It wasn’t until I realized the sign was in the shape of an elephant (my favorite animal) and accompanied by a bouquet of roses that I thought they could have had anything to do with me. As I confusingly asked Nick if he knew anything about it, he just smiled and directed me forward. As he started to walk off the trail, I noticed two more of these elephant signs, with roses, directing the way to a large clearing in front of a waterfall, complete with lights (and you guessed it, more roses)!

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As we approached the area he had so beautifully decorated for us, he took my hands and began telling me how much I meant to him. I could tell he was nervous, and I started shaking as well. As he got down on one knee, I burst into tears and the only words I could mutter were “OF COURSE!” until he picked me up, spun me around, and kissed me.

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I was in disbelief that this moment I had always dreamed of was finally happening, yet at the same time I wasn’t surprised in the slightest. He placed the most beautiful engagement ring I had ever seen on my finger, looked at me, and said “we did it!” Next thing I knew, his mom popped out from behind a rock – she had been hiding and taking photos of everything! The day could not have gone more perfectly, and I am forever grateful to have such a special time of our lives documented so beautifully. I can’t wait to spend forever together!

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