Rachel and Braedon

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How We Met

We met in the summer of 2011 on a church trip to Santa Cruz, Ca. He had just graduated high school, I had finished my freshman year of college. We were both leaders in the high school group and got to know each other through serving together. At the time, I was going to school in San Diego and he was going to start school in our hometown of Fresno. Fast forward 6 months, I took a break from nursing school and moved home for a while.

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During that time we reconnected at church and started spending more time together. We started dating in June 2012. For 3 years we did long distance, driving back and forth on weekends, school breaks and summer vacations. When I graduated nursing school in 2015, I moved back to Fresno where we are happily living now.

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how they asked

Braedon and I first went to Monterey, Ca in 2013. This year he planned a weekend trip to return to one of our favorite places to celebrate our birthdays. As a “birthday surprise” he booked an after-hours private tour for the 2 of us at the Monterey Bay aquarium- one of my favorite places. The last stop on the tour was the otter exhibit (my favorite animal). After taking pictures with the otters, our tour guide handed me a map showing me where we had gone and added, “if you turn the map over there is something for you”.

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On the back read, “Rachel, Braedon has something he wants to say to you…” I turn to Braedon and as he took my hands, I knew. He got down on one knee and asked “Will you marry me?”. I said “Yes!” immediately; and as I was standing there overwhelmed by the love of my new fiance, he told me this was the same spot we had been in 4 years ago when he first knew he wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together. And now we are!

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Special Thanks

Andrea Satterfield
 | Photographer