Paisli and Derek

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How We Met

Derek and I met when we were 16 years old. We went to the same high school & were hired at the Dairy Queen in our town. Almost instantly, he became one of my closest friends & we even ended up going to the same college. Derek was always a constant in my life. The one person I knew that I could count on. It wasn’t until the summer after undergrad that we decided to make our friendship something more. Not long after that we knew we had something special. We are both romantics & love to make our time together as memorable as we can. Throughout our 3 year relationship we began collecting wine bottles from big moments in our lives & putting pictures of us in the bottles as a keepsake from the milestones we’ve accomplished together. We knew early on that we wanted to be married, but we were both in grad school & the timing wasn’t right to plan a wedding. After graduating in the spring of 2017, I accepted a new position at my job that required some pretty crazy hours. We were hardly able to spend time together & it was really hard.

how they asked

One Sunday evening I was just getting home from a really tough day at work when I turned the corner into our apartment & saw Derek standing outside of the door. Confused, I asked him what was going on. He took my purse & phone & lead me into our place. Inside he had strung photos of the life we’ve built together all across our apartment. In the center of the room was our wine bottle collection with a brand new bottle that read “our engagement”.

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That’s where he got down on one knee. In the most perfect place, with the most perfect man & our most treasured memories. I feel so lucky to have known my better half as a best friend for 5 years before a boyfriend & now fiancé. It’s created such a strong foundation for us to build forever on.

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