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Fairmount Park Engagement: James and Valerie

Love always starts with a dare. We dare to look at someone, we dare to make contact, and we dare to fall in love. For Valerie and James, the dare began on an app called ” Coffee Meets Bagel.” The debate of who picked who first will always exist, but it did not matter, they matched.

On that first date, they talked for hours. James to this day remembers the blouse she was wearing. She was beautiful, and anyone would say, “Out of his League.” He would soon learn she was also caring, intelligent and patient.

“She’s special because she doesn’t need me, but she chooses me. She puts up with my craziness and always laughs at my jokes, even when they aren’t funny. She is always trying to learn and is the smartest person I know. She puts others before herself.”

Valerie soon saw that James was kind, dependable, and supportive. He brought consistency to her world and supported her in many ways, including her beliefs, education, and career goals, and of course he made her laugh.

“I love James because at his core, he is kind, masked by the external silliness and oddities that make him the unique person he is. He never gives up on us even when we both have experienced life changes, loss, new careers, and grief, and he has always prioritized me in his life.”

And so if love is a dare, so would be the proposal. It would be at a family game night, when James waited for the spinner to stop on, “Dare.” He dared Valerie to marry him. She said the truth. It was, “Yes.”

SLIDESHOW -“All we have to Live,” by Michael Burns

This Story was captured by A Story in Time Photography: Jessie Cadenas. If you are interested in your Engagement or Wedding Story being captured, don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact button at the top of this post or HERE.

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