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“I’m going to marry that girl!” exclaimed my now husband even before we dated. After living in the same dorm building in college and growing a wonderful friendship for a year, Jake asked me out. Four years later, the man of my dreams got down on one knee and proposed on a rainy April day—my birthday. It could not have been more beautiful!

I admit it. I hinted about the perfect proposal: hidden photographer, nails and make up en pointe, and a cute outfit. Of course, Josh did the opposite—and I wouldn’t have it any other way! After returning home via a delayed flight from a weekend girls’ trip to Nashville, I felt gross. I was getting a cold, wearing sweats, and I was hungry. I called Josh on my way home but felt like he was distracted. Shortly before midnight, I arrived, dragging in my luggage. After shutting the door, I turned around and found Josh on one knee. There was a beautiful banner, and there were candles and a candlelight dinner. It was perfect, and of course I said, “Yes!”

Jeremy and I worked in the same building but never met until a mutual friend decided we would be perfect for each other. Though we were skeptical when we met at a casual happy hour after work, we knew something was different. Our relationship grew from there, and our love grew stronger despite meeting four months before I had to move from Omaha, Neb., to Rochester. Jeremy proposed a year and a half later on an amazing family trip to Sweden.

“Beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat!”

– Joanne Woodward

The hilarious, witty, and at times slightly inappropriate man I chose to share my life with helped remind me not to sweat the small things on our special day, and had me laughing until my cheeks hurt. I was sad that my father, who passed when I was 19, was not there to walk me down the aisle. And there were a few glitches along the way, however, these hiccups could not stop Ben from making me smile and laugh the entire day.

Travis and I met at Winona State University our freshman year of college. Two years into our relationship, Travis joined the United States Air Force and got stationed in Texas.  I stayed in Winona to complete the nursing program. During that year apart, we endured the challenges of a long-distance relationship. During the Christmas holiday of my last year at Winona State, Travis was on leave and created a scavenger hunt for me. At the end, I found Travis down on one knee! Of course, I said “yes!”

Our wedding was better than a child’s dream! When you imagine the day in your head, it’s impossible to envision the look on your prince’s face when he sees you for the first time, to see how proud your brothers are of you, to note the appreciation your parents feel for your new husband, to experience the welcoming arms of his parents, or to feel the insurmountable love and support that bathe you the whole day. What made this even more possible was the team of people who helped. The best thing we did in planning was to commission the most talented artists in town and let them create.

In January 2010, we met while attending my cousin’s wedding party and sparks flew. It was soon clear that living an hour apart was too far, so within a few months I got a job in Rochester. Four years later, Andrew placed an engagement ring on our dog’s collar. Deuce, our German Shorthair, came to me as Andrew took a knee and asked me to marry him.