Duke Gardens Engagement
Andrea + Shaun
We’ve been impatiently waiting for Andrea and Shaun’s wedding for over a year and a half now – and we’re so excited that their big day is finally here! This super sweet couple will be exchanging vows at The Longhouse in Stokesdale THIS weekend! Yay!!
In the meantime, a here’s a peek at some of their engagement photos taken at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham last fall. Aren’t they the cutest?!
How did the two of you meet?
“Shaun and I met many, many years ago when I was still a senior in high school and he has just transferred to NC State University to finish our his bachelor’s degree. A mutual friend of ours introduced us at my neighbor’s annual Christmas party and we hit it off instantly. That night we went for a very cold and windy walk with our group of friends and Shaun pulled me in close to keep me warm. It wasn’t long after that that we started dating and the rest is history.”
What do you admire most about Shaun?
“Shaun and I are both nerdy in our own way and very goofy people. Shaun works in e-commerce working on web stores, so he’s my technical guru. I admire Shaun for his drive in life to succeed at what he does and his adorable charm. Shaun alaways tries to keep a positive outlook on life and I love the fact that he is a self-teacher, an amazing cook, and loves me for me.”
What do you love most about Andrea?
“Andrea is my best friend and she’s the sweetest, most caring person I’ve met in my entire life. She fills me with happiness, love, and lots of plans! But she also helps me be a better person. I admire her emotional intelligence, her selflessness, and the way she loves unconditionally.”
Tell us about the proposal!
“We had rented a cabin in the NC Mountains for our eight year anniversary. A marriage proposal was something I was anticipating would happen on the trip. Days before the trip, Shaun eluded to me the idea that it wasn’t going to happen. We decided for this anniversary that the trip and the cabin was our gift to each other, however, I had made Shaun a DIY gift since I am a big gift giver. Shaun then handed me a love note to read, and as I read it, he got down on one knee in our adorably perfect, cozy cabin and asked me to marry him.”
What are some of your favorite ways to unwind together?
“Shaun and I enjoy our downtime quite a bit, however, we are very big on exploring new places and spending time with our group of friends. On weekends we like to go hiking at Umstead State Park or go for walks with our little dog Charlie. We are big on traveling to the NC Mountains once or twice a year. During the week we spend our downtime watching movies, cooking elaborate meals or trying new restaurants.”