Michelle and Daniel

How We Met

Dan and I met during the summer of 2009. I was 15-years-old and he was 16. Prior to us meeting, Dan’s name had been mentioned to me from our good friend, Kyle. Initially, Kyle wanted me to go to their junior prom with Dan, however Dan did not want to go to his prom, so that scratched the first meeting with him. However, Kyle tried again months later for us to meet because he apparently thought that we were perfect for each other. Finally, I agreed to meet this kid, and a double date was planned for Applebee’s that weekend.

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To make it less intimidating, Dan got my number and we started texting to get to know each other before we actually met in person. We talked a lot, however that did not prepare us enough for our initial first meet up. To sum it up; we said no more than three sentences to each other, we barely even looked at one another, our friends were giggling the whole time at the table, and I judged him based on his gray jeans he was wearing. Luckily, the night was cut short because I was leaving for vacation, so we said our goodbyes and the night went on. I had a four-hour car ride to reflect on that evening, however I was not doing it alone. Dan ended up texting me and agreeing that the night was a tad awkward, but we should do it again just the two of us sometime. That week while I was away, we were talking everyday, and I found myself going crazy trying to find all of the spots in the house where there was cell service just so I can send a text message back to him. We played the question game, talked about our days, and really just got to know each other a little better. He asked me out on a real date, and the weekend I got back we met up.

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I found myself so nervous the day of our date. I changed my outfit fifty times with help from my sister, and I honestly had no idea what to expect. He picked me up in his F-150, and off to Jonny Rockets we went. We spoke about the good and the bad in our lives, and shared things that not many express on a first date. After dinner, we went mini golfing and the fun just continued. We were laughing and enjoying each others company, all while adding in some cute flirting during our round of “competitive” golf. The night was perfect, and the next day I woke up to a text message from him saying, “call me when you wake up :)”.

I, of course, called him when I saw the message. My thoughts were that he just wanted to say hi, or tell me what a great time he had on our date. However, I was wrong. Instead, Dan asked me to be his girlfriend the morning after our official first date. Surprisingly I said yes to this boy who I have only truly known for two weeks! I guess we both went with our gut, and one can say the rest is history from there…

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how they asked

I have always told Dan that there is no ring until I am finished with school. The college path has been a long one, and I wanted to close that chapter before the next one opened. With that being said, Friday December 16th was the last day of my college career, and two days later on Sunday the 18th, he proposed…

This date had been planned for a while. Every year we go into NYC to do the annual Christmas in New York trip. This year, however, that day was planned so far in advance. I did question the reason behind it, but I went with it. We hit our usual spots in the city with our best friend Ally, and had a great day. As the day went on though, I caught onto Ally and Dan acting so oddly. They kept smirking at each other, whispering, and being very weird with me. I was getting really annoyed because I hate not knowing where we are going, or what the plan is, and that was exactly what started to happen. I was only told that we were going to the Columbus Circle holiday shops. As we were basically running to the shops, we were suddenly on a time frame, and I quickly realized that was not our destination. Our destination ended up being the horse and carriage rides in Central Park. As we were approaching, Dan announced “happy graduation, here is your gift!”. I was super excited and started to cry because the carriage rides have been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. We live 20 minutes from the city, however this tourist attraction is one that I have been asking to do for a long time. Despite Dan always telling me no, he had actually been listening to me begging him all of these years. Little did I know he understood it had been a lifelong dream of mine, and since the first year of our relationship, he had been saving this experience for the proposal.

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All three of us got into the carriage, and enjoyed the views of Central Park thanks to our horse, Snowflake. We were relaxed and taking it all in after a long day, when our driver stopped and stated how this was a great spot to take pictures. It overlooked the ice skating rink with a beautiful view of the city buildings. We all eagerly got out, and as we were walking to the rocks, I saw Ally reach in to her bag, and hand Dan his hat. Dan did not wear that hat all day, so when Ally suddenly handed it to him, I knew something was about to happen.

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We all just stood there on the rocks for a few moments taking in the view. All of a sudden, I turned to Dan as he was getting down on one knee. Instantly, tears started to roll down my face as I realized my moment was finally here with the person I love most in this world. He told me how much he loves me, and how he cannot wait to spend the rest of his life with me. I was filled with emotions, and more tears streamed down my cheeks. After I was able to wipe the tears from my face, I of course said yes to marry my best friend! Ally was there taking the pictures, and moments later the three of us hugged and cried from happiness together. It was a moment I wouldn’t change for the world, and one that I will forever cherish for the rest of my life.

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Seven years and five months later, the next chapter is finally under way. I never thought in a million years that I would someday say that I am marrying my high-school sweetheart…

the ring

Before my grandmother passed away, she gave me a diamond necklace that was the diamond from her engagement ring. That necklace holds so much meaning, and is a piece that keeps my grandparents close to my heart. With that being said, Dan has always known the meaning behind the necklace, and has asked me before if I wanted to put that diamond into my engagement ring one day. It was a question that I was never able to give a definite answer on. Since I was unable to give Dan a firm yes or no, he took matters into his own hands…

One day Dan took my necklace on his own and got it cleaned at the jewelers for me. This was a very nice gesture for him, however this was also something that he would not typically do. With my suspicion, I kept asking him when I was getting it back, and joking with him saying the jewelers are probably replacing my diamond with a fake one. Unbeknownst to me, that was exactly what was happening! Dan did get my necklace cleaned for me, however he also switched the real diamond with a cubic zirconia “diamond”. This was a huge secret he kept from me, and waited until the day he proposed to tell me the truth.

The center diamond in my ring is the diamond I used to wear around my neck everyday. The meaning it once had now holds a different meaning that symbolizes a new beginning and gives it a new life. Dan created a customized rose gold ring anchored around the diamond that represents the true heart of my family, my grandparents. It is a piece that will forever be dear to my heart, which will hopefully one day share the same kind of love and meaning but only with a new generation holding it close to their heart.

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