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Laura P.

Nicholas and I were on vacation in Europe last September visiting his family in Denmark, spending a few days in Venice, Italy, a day in Athens, Greece, then visiting my best friend who was stationed in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria during her time in the Peace Corps. After celebrating my birthday with Nicholas's cousins in Copenhagen, we traveled on to Venice. We fell in love with the city, its history and the absolutely breathtaking scenery at every turn. We spent a wonderful first day walking in the small streets and taking in the surroundings. As we were getting ready to go find a restaurant for dinner, Nicholas suggested that we dress up a little for our first night out in Italy. Once we were ready, we walked through Venice to find a restaurant. By chance, we ended up walking right into St. Mark's Square, without even realizing we were close! After walking through the amazing square, we happened upon a small outdoor cafe in a tiny piazzetta just past St. Mark's.

We had an amazing dinner, even though Nicholas was acting very weird. I tried asking him what was on his mind but he refused to tell me. I decided to let it go but he didn't get any better and by the end of the meal I was starting to get worried that there was something really wrong. He continued to tell me that everything was fine, so we started the walk back to our hotel. On the way back, he kept pulling me down the walkways next to small canals. I didn't want to get lost, so I was hesitant to wander through the small streets, especially since Nicholas wouldn't tell me what he was looking for. After 3 different streets, he finally pulled me down a marble walkway that followed a canal leading to the Grand Canal in the center of Venice.

We walked up a little wooden bridge to look out into the Grand Canal and when I turned around to say something to Nicholas, he was down on one knee! He said, "I love you. I want you to be me, and me to be you. Will you marry me?" I, of course, said, "Yes!" and we have been blissfully happy ever since! When I asked him why it had taken him so long to find the street he wanted, he said that he was looking for the perfect bridge that he knew we would be able to recognize for the rest of our lives. Now, we are planning to take another trip back to Venice for our 5 year anniversary to visit our special little bridge.