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Rachel and Nate

Chicago, Illinois

Schools were closed, most people didn't go to work, and our first date plans to meet up for drinks got cancelled since most roads were closed and neither of us wanted to leave the house.  Well, the following weekend we decided to take advantage of the snow and go sledding.  We had so much fun.  A first date that would have been just a couple drinks at a bar turned into a whole day of sledding, hot chocolate, and even playing a game of Monopoly.  It was the best first date I had ever had! 

From there, our relationship developed so naturally.  It was easy and felt like nothing I had ever had before.  Before I met Nate, I used to always say that I'd want to date some for at least a couple years before getting engaged.  But it's true what they say...when you know, you know.  After just 8 months of dating, we were both so excited to start our lives together. Nate surprised me in November 2011 by taking me ring shopping one night.  Then, on the night before Christmas Eve, he gave me the best Christmas present ever and asked me to marry him after only 10 months of dating. 

We were so excited to start our lives together that we decided to plan our wedding in just 6 months because the sooner we got married the sooner the rest of our lives would start.  Our wedding day was the best day ever.  All of our friends and family were there to celebrate with us, and we couldn't have picked a better way to kick off our lives together.

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