Sam and Blakelee

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How We Met

Fall 2015- it was my first semester in college- when Sam and I met. He already had a year under his belt being a sophomore. I had been in school roughly two weeks when one of my friends invited me to dinner with a large group of upperclassmen. I was expecting nothing more than some new friendships to go with my chips and salsa, but I was in for a surprise of a lifetime. August 21st, 2015- I’ll never forget.

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I sat at the end of the table, knowing hardly anyone there. A few minutes later a blonde haired boy walked in and sat down on the other side of the table. We began to chat and never ran out of things to say. We liked the same things and had lots in common, but I never expected someone older, let alone this guy to like me. I was excited about the friendship and didn’t think anything more. The entire group went to an athletic event that our University was playing in after dinner. Later, I found out he was begging my older friend if he could ask me out on a date the entire game.. which explained why he talked to her for the entire duration of the game and called her three times after leaving later that night. Soon after this, Sam realized we were in a class together. He got my number from a mutual friend and asked if I needed help. I was having no difficulty in the class but welcomed the conversation. One conversation became another and then another. One day after class Sam offered me a ride back to my dorm. Three hours later, we had sonic slushies, knew everything about one another, and were destined for an amazing future together.

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Sam and I hung out with our mutual friends 24/7. He was always making sure to pursue me and show his care for me every way he could. We both went to his fraternity’s formal in Florida, but had different dates that we had committed to before meeting each other. That weekend we really realized how much we cared for one another. We eventually saw Sam’s initial wish come true and had our first date at Chappy’s Deli in Montgomery, Alabama. From then on we have never looked back. There has never been someone who has inspired, changed, grown, supported, loved, and challenged me the way that he has. I couldn’t choose to spend my forever with anyone better.

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how they asked

Sam had been telling me to mark down April 28th on my planner for weeks. He told me he had a very nice graduation party that his family friends were hosting for him. I found the perfect dress and was ready when he told me to be. He is never late and this day he was. I was getting a bit impatient and wondered where he could be. He told me he was eating a snack at his dorm. I found this strange because he never kept snacks there and always ate my food! I had the oddest thought concerning the perfect weather that day and his delay. I text him teasingly, “If you’re going to propose today, I need to redo my hair and makeup.” He completely shook it off and told me that he was sorry to disappoint.

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When he finally picked me up he was so completely normal. I suspected nothing with his calm and collected demeanor. He had been asking for days if we could stop by Pike County Lake- a beautiful place we would go to in order to take a break from studying or just to hang out with each other. I agreed but pointed out a walk in a dress seemed weird. He reasoned that with graduation near, he may not have another opportunity to take one last walk so I went with his wish. Again it crossed my mind if this was the day, but I didn’t see any of our family or friends’ cars. This was not happening; it wasn’t supposed to happen until the Fall, I reminded myself.

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When we had been walking for a few minutes he abruptly stopped. I looked up and there was a beautiful bench. I told him I didn’t remember seeing it there, and then looked over and saw a man crouched in the bushes. I looked at Sam and told him, but he told me to go up to the bench, I exclaimed, “Is this really happening?!” And it was. From there Sam read me our favorite Bible verses from a Bible with his last name inscribed with mine.

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Next, Sam washed my feet showing his devotion and heart to serve me as my future husband. He asked me to read 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 which says, ” Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy or boast. It is not proud or rude; it is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. It does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. Love always protects, always hopes, always trusts, and always perseveres. Love never fails.”

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Finally, he asked me if I would marry him. It was the easiest decision I’ve ever made. “YES!”

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Special Thanks

Brittany Anderson
 | Photographer