Samantha and Zachary

How We Met

Zack and I met at our high school registration when I was 14, and he was 15 years old. We had mutual friends and immediately became inseparable after our first date. Throughout the first year of dating we quickly became best friends, and have been ever since. Not only did we experience high school together, but recently we became college graduates from Michigan State University together. We have now been together over 7 years, and have recently added a member to our family, our son/pug, Sonny. Before we met, we would have never guessed that either of us would end up with our high school sweetheart & now we feel SO lucky, and blessed.

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how they asked

We were on a cruise through the Caribbean after being together over 6 years. We had already done most of our stops along the trip, and I was not expecting him to propose because he was not acting nervous or protective over his backpack or luggage. We woke up the morning of the proposal at our port in St. Thomas. We had booked an excursion to the beautiful Magen’s Bay Beach. When we got to the beach we went for a swim and a wave knocked me down…I had sand in my eyes, mouth, and hair and needed to run to the bathroom really quick. When I got back to the beach, Zack grabbed me by the hand and led me back to the ocean. He got down on one knee in the water and had the ring in his hand already. The world felt like it had stopped around us and he asked, “Sammie, will you?”. I immediately said yes and we continued to celebrate the rest of the trip and with our families when we arrived back home.

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Special Thanks

Amy Carroll
 | Photographer