This lovely USMC engagement photo shoot comes to us from Magdalene Photography! Here is a few words from the bride to be, Danielle..
“Everyday is one day closer to you,” this quote has become one that I live by and often remind myself when the wait seems impossible. Vito and I started dating in high school; just like any other high school relationship we began talking about what our next big step was. I had always wanted to go off to a four-year college and he wasn’t too sure. We had been together for about six months when the talk of the Marines came up. I of course became emotional right away thinking about the negatives that went along with it. He was excited and passionate about it like I had been about college. So, instead of walking away from it I stood right beside him supporting his decision to enlist. Our long distance relationship began when he left for boot camp and since then we have gone though multiple trainings, a deployment and living across the country from one another in the last three years.
Being with someone in the military you cannot decide when you want to see one another, the Marines decide for you. Our proposal is a story that I will never get tired of telling. It was my spring break of college and I had decided to visit Vito in Hawaii, where he is stationed, during is pre-deployment leave. When it was time for me to come back home Vito surprised me by telling me that he was coming home with me. I was beyond excited; I had thought that when I was leaving Hawaii I wouldn’t see him for 7 months. Once he got home he took me back to the tree where we had carved our initials in a year prior. There he had rose petals spread all around the tree with a bouquet of flowers leaning against it with his iPod softly playing our song. Then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I could not have been happier in that moment. Now, we await the day of the wedding, the day for our lives to begin of finally being able to live together. And for our happily ever after to start.