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Candice L.

Chad and I were set up by a mutual friend about four and a half years ago. After I had graduated from nursing school, we planned to go to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with my sister and her husband, April and Andy. A couple of weeks before we left, there was a restyling event at one of the local jewelers, so we went to it. We spent a couple of hours trying on every style of ring, but it wasn't until they were about to close that I tried on the perfect ring. I knew it, and Chad knew it too. It was what I had been dreaming of for years.

So, I left while he did the financing, and I came back a while later, only to find this strange look on his face, which was not what I was expecting. I asked him what was wrong, and he said the financing hadn't gone through. I was shocked because he had great credit, but he said his debt-to-income ratio was too large. Because this was a restyling event, this ring was going to leave the store and go somewhere else, where I couldn't be sure to find it again. I was heartbroken to say the least. I begged and pleaded with him to go back, and I wanted to co-sign with him or call his mother to sign it, but he said he just couldn't. So we left, and I cried on the way home.

After being disappointed for the next few days, we went on our trip to the Dominican, and it certainly cheered me up. The four of us were having a great time doing all these excursions during the day and having nice meals at night. The week flew by. I wondered if he had worked something out and was hoping he would propose during the week, but I didn't want my hopes to dampen my mood on this trip, so I forgot about it. We had planned this nice steak dinner on Thursday night, and we were going to meet my sister and her husband on the beach for a couple of drinks beforehand. We walked down the lit sidewalk that met the beach and saw April and Andy standing by the water, holding each other while watching the waves. I thought this was a great photo opportunity, so I grabbed my camera and started snapping shots of them.

As we walked closer, Chad pulled me in. He's not normally a touchy guy, but I kind of shrugged him off and kept walking. Then he pulled me closer again and by this time, I was kind of annoyed. I looked at him and asked, "What? " He pointed down to the sand, and it read "Will you marry me? " I dropped my shoes in shock as he got down on one knee and proposed with the same ring he said he couldn't finance. He had it the whole time! April and Andy had known about it, and they were there to take pictures as it happened. We all cried. It was the most amazing moment of my life, and I can't wait for the rest!

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