Miranda and Tavian

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How We Met

Tavian and I met three years ago when we were both working at Caribou Coffee in our college town. I still remember the day Tavian came in to drop off some paperwork and as soon as he was out of ear shot I turned to my coworker and gushed to her about how hot I thought he was. After a little Facebook stalking and I found out he had a girlfriend so I dropped it and ended up meeting someone else that I would go on to date for awhile. During that time Tavian and I developed a friendship that allowed us to get to know each other on the deepest of levels. Once things didn’t work out with the other guy, Tavian and I went on our first date. We were in love just weeks later. And the rest is now history!

how they asked

I had suggested to Tavian about a month ago that we go to the Amana Colonies Prelude to Christmas event to satisfy my Christmas obsession (since this is my favorite time of the year and my Christmas Spirit is par with Buddy the Elf). He agreed to go with me, but little did I know he spent the next month coordinating his proposal with my friends and family. When the day arrives I had no idea anything was going on (but looking back on it, the 15 bathroom breaks and constant nagging about being at a certain place at a certain time were a little suspicious). I was naively walking around looking at all the Christmas decorations and taste testing all the foods and wines while Tavian was coordinating with some of my friends when and where to meet us for the special moment.

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We went into The General Store/Christmas Shop to look at all the beautifully decorated trees, and that’s when our roommate (whom I had invited to come with us having no idea that was all apart of Tavian’s plan) suggested we take some pictures in front of the gorgeous white tree that was front and center in the shop. Right as Tavian and I were posing for our picture, two of my close friends walked around the corner with big smiles on their faces.

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I looked at them in utter confusion and awkwardly starting playing with my jacket (this is the beginning of the video my roommate took). I noticed they were looking at Tavian who was standing behind me, and when I turned around Tavian had the ring out and was getting down on one knee. And there in front of our friends (and a few trapped strangers), Tavian asked me to marry him and I nodded yes through my sobs of joy.

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