Samantha and Kevin

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How We Met

Kevin and I met when I was 17 years old, a senior in high school. I had gone to my best friend Emily’s house to hang out for the night, and Emily’s older brother Ben had invited some of his friends over as well. Kev and I crossed paths for the first time that night, and he sent me a sweet message over Facebook at the end of the night. And then I ignored him. For over a month.

After some time, I finally got up the courage to send Kev a text. Nervous, I typed the word “Hey”, and had my friend Emily press “send” for me. When she it send, “hey” auto-corrected to “He up”. Since Kev figured out who I was and what I meant to say, we haven’t gone a day without talking to each other.

how they asked

For our anniversary, Kev and I decided to take a weekend trip through New York State, with several stops to look at places we’ve always wanted to see. Our first stop, on our actual anniversary, was in Watkins Glen State Park, famous for the waterfalls and stone bridges that are all throughout. While we were hiking, Kev wanted to stop to use his GoPro camera to take a picture of us in front of a bridge. We pulled off the trail, and Kev set up his camera. As he set it up, a gust of wind blew and brought down tons of tiny yellow leaves that looked like confetti and, completely unaware of what was about to happen, I felt deeply at peace.

Kev walked over to me to “take a picture” (even though he was already recording), and as soon as he told me “there’s actually another reason I wanted to come here today…” I instantly knew. He told me that I was his best friend, and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. When he actually asked “Will you marry me?” I couldn’t speak at all, and I simply (aggressively) nodded “YES!”. Right after I said yes, we quickly noticed that about fifty people were watching us from the trail above, and immediately blushed. There was a loud “awww!” which, though embarrassing at the time, is one of my favorite memories of that day.

We finished our hike through the Glen and took a less-popular trail to really enjoy our first moments as an engaged couple. I will never forget it!

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