Magical Christmas Engagement – Melanie & Darren

In the summer of 2016, Darren and Melanie met on the same trip to the Bahamas during the 4th of July. Sparks flew that weekend filled with fishing, diving, and beach hopping. Darren’s work led him to New York City and, being a Florida girl, it was tough for Melanie to leave the sunshine state. However, she followed her heart and their love was quickly cemented in the concrete jungle. Darren proposed on December 1st, 2018, on the rooftop of their first home together. Melanie says that her family was already planning to be in town for a festive Christmas-in-the-city weekend, “and I was fooled into thinking we were taking a family Christmas photo. Darren coordinated a surprise engagement and, later that evening, a surprise party with all our friends in the city. Darren picked out my ring with some help from our mothers. To Darren’s later knowledge, the ring ended up being identical to the exact ring I imagined and dreamed of. Darren and I plan to get married in the Smokey mountains of North Carolina, where we both spent our childhood summers with family.”

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Photographer: Sylense Labit Photography

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