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Emily and Mike got engaged last Fourth of July down the Shore, and we wanted to share their story and their great pictures. Here’s what Emily shared with us about their engagement:
The 4th of July has always been a big deal for us: a town parade, celebrations with friends and rounding out the day with fireworks on the Toms River. July 4, 2016 got off to a bit of a rough start. While standing on a box in the pantry looking for my star cookie cutter (because of course Fourth of July sangria needs star-shaped pineapples!), the lid cracked, and I fell, hitting my head on a shelf. Ouch. After ruling out the need for stitches and missing the parade, we got off to a late start on our favorite holiday.
As the day went on and clouds filled the sky, there was talk of whether or not the fireworks would take place. Mike kept insisting they would go off, then decided we should leave our friend’s house to change before the fireworks (weird!). We went home and got ready for the fireworks.
We headed out on the choppy seas, and I asked Mike about 28 times if we should just go back and watch from the dock. The rain held off and the fireworks got underway. The local radio station’s “soundtrack to the fireworks” was on the radio, and I commented that the songs weren’t very patriotic. He quickly sprung up and said, “You’re right! I’ll put on something different!”
As I was sitting on the bow of the boat with Holly (my 50-pound lap dog) in my lap, Mike shut off the radio and grabbed his phone, putting on Bruce Springsteen’s “Jersey Girl,” and next thing I knew he was down on one knee! Of course I said yes, then began freaking out!
We watched the rest of the fireworks amidst the screaming, hugging, million ring pics and posing for pictures with fireworks in the background. I was so excited, I hardly noticed that it began to downpour—probably from all the tears coming down my face! It was truly the most perfect proposal I could have ever dreamed of.