Alexa noticed Orlando on the basketball court during the high school tournaments. She found out that they had some friends in common and struck up a conversation one weekend. They made a date to hang out and play basketball at Colby College in Waterville and have been together every day since.
Orlando decided to propose the night before Alexa’s 21st birthday party. Orlando and Alexa’s dad formulated a plan. Both families and some friends were spending time at Alexa’s parent’s cabin relaxing and having fun. Alexa’s father started to give a speech about all of the recent changes in her life—graduating from college, getting a job, buying a new car—and about how proud of her he was. “After his speech he looked over at Orlando and asked if there was anything he wanted to add,” Alexa says.
Orlando started walking towards her, saying beautiful things, and got down on one knee. “I was 100% surprised, it couldn’t have been done any better,” Alexa says. “It meant so much to me that he felt comfortable with my father to tell him of his plan beforehand. My mother was just as surprised as I was!”
Photos by Michelle Garner Photography