4 of the best local engagement stories, including a couple who met on Tinder

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Photo by Casey Hendrickson

Is love in the air for you this spring? Get inspired with these local engagement stories.

Morgan Mastin and Adam McCutcheon

Married September 2, 2017

As told by Morgan: “Adam and I met on Tinder in the summer of 2016. We spent almost an entire month messaging back and forth before we were finally able to meet in person. Once we had that first date, we both knew it was something special. Adam proposed in late September while we were on a hike at Crowder’s Mountain. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. We hiked to the top of the mountain and were in an area all by ourselves when Adam said, ‘What’s that?’ I looked to where he was pointing, but saw nothing. When I turned around, he was down on one knee. I nearly passed out. He started saying, ‘Morgan Elizabeth Mastin,’ but after that, I was so in shock, his words were a blur and he had to repeat them to me later! My entire world stood still; it was a feeling I’ve never felt before. Everything was perfect. It’s my favorite memory to this day.”

Photo by Angela Tucker Photography

Jennifer Chuu and Jonathan Lewis

Will be married August 17, 2018

As told by Jonathan: “My first date with Jenn was at a small Spanish restaurant in uptown Charlotte. We bonded over torturous grad school experiences and plans for our future. I was immediately and completely taken by her captivating smile, intelligence, and curiosity. I knew from that first date that she was the one. After a year and half of dating, I started planning how I would ask her to marry me. During my yearly visit to Colorado for my work (Jonathan plays the cello for the Charlotte Symphony), I stopped in Arkansas to pick up my grandmother’s ring from my aunt, who had been holding it for me until the day I needed it. I decided to propose at the spot where we first met, had our first date, and had our first kiss. Under the pretense of walking our friend’s dog, Bauer, I guided her to the benches in front of Hearst tower in uptown Charlotte. I choked on my words as I told her how lucky I was to have met her there two years earlier. I pulled out a ring box, and asked her to marry me. When she responded with an enthusiastic yes and euphoric dreaming of our wonderful future together, I realized there had never been any reason for nerves. We were meant to be.”

Photo by Casey Hendrickson

Xuan-Xuan Le and Brian Daniels

Married June 10, 2017 

As told by Xuan-Xuan: “Brian and I met at UNC Charlotte. We’d always been friends and even worked together post-graduation at the same bank. Brian was always so sweet and we often talked about grabbing lunch together, but the timing never worked out. He used to walk past my desk every day to say hello, but it wasn’t until years later, after I left the company, that lunch actually happened. Once we went on that lunch date that was it!

“On Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, I returned home from a fun day of hanging out with my best friend, which included attending bootcamp and ice cream, to get a shower. Brian was acting strange, singing tunes around the house and being super cheery. I thought it was odd, but didn’t question it. After I had showered, he showed me a set of heartfelt messages from our parents talking about how much they loved us and how happy they were that Brian and I found each other. Then, I saw Brian holding my beloved 13-year-old Shih Tzu, Mr. Moe, who had a ring hanging from his collar. Brian got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes and Mr. Moe started snoring. It was the perfect proposal.”

Photo by ISIL DOHNKE Photography

Maria Ballas and Sarantos Kaperonis

Will be married September 22, 2018

As told by Maria: “Sarantos and I first met at a church basketball tournament when we were teenagers, but it wasn’t until years later that we started dating. It wasn’t until I was living in Charlotte during college that asked me out. Sarantos proposed to me last summer during a family trip to Crete, a beautiful island in Greece. I love my big fat Greek family, but I was craving some one-on-one time, so when he suggested we have some alone time, I quickly agreed. We drove to a secluded beach and found the perfect spot to enjoy the breathtaking view. The sun started to set and Sarantos insisted on taking a picture of me. After I was done with my awkward posing session, I turned around and saw Sarantos on one knee. I immediately started crying and fell to the ground in shock (but mostly happiness) and jumped on him still crying.

“Once I caught my breath, Sarantos told me my family was waiting for us to get dinner. The night kept getting better as we returned to our villa and a party was waiting for us. As we walked down to the party, I realized he had one last surprise: his family was there too! He had flown them out that morning just to celebrate with us, which explains why his sister wouldn’t answer my 25 FaceTime calls. We danced the night away to the live music he brought to the house. It was the most magical night of our lives and we can’t wait for the big day.”

Photo by Sunshower Photography

This story first ran in the April /June 2018 issue of Caroline Bride

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