Nicole and Robert

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How We Met

We first met at work in 2017, I was coming out of a breakup and multiple coworkers told me how funny Robert was. I asked him for a joke to cheer me up, and we just hit it off right away. We dated in secret for a few months before letting coworkers know, but two of my closest friends at work tried to set me up with him multiple times, which further confirmed to me our instant connection.

How They Asked

We had planned a trip to Myrtle Beach for May of 2020, and due to Covid-19 closures, we had to cancel our first trip. Thankfully, we were able to reschedule for June, which the stars aligned and worked out better for us as our accommodations and location were much better, and more attractions opened up.

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On June 24th, Robert and I took a day trip to Murrells Inlet to visit Brookgreen Gardens. We went in the afternoon to walk around and see all the magnificent sculptures and beautiful gardens. The gardens closed at 5 pm, but they were having a special evening light exhibit that would start at 8 pm so we went on a dinner adventure to pass some time.

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After a wild torrential downpour that came out of nowhere, we had a wonderful dinner (soaked to the skin) and took a walk around the marsh to pass time.

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We were finally able to go back to Brookgreen Gardens for the Southern Light exhibit by the artist Bruce Munro, who I later realized was the same artist I had seen in Arizona with my father back in 2016 exactly a year before Robert and I started dating.

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It was raining softly and we came to this beautiful fountain with lights draped from above. I of course was taking photos, and Robert suggested we go get a photo off to the left side of the fountain. I was taking my photo and when I turned around to show him he was on one knee with a ring in hand. I cried and happily accepted and we shared a romantic stroll around the magically lighted gardens the rest of the evening.

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