Kevin Earwood, 25, and Ashley Oakes, 24, have been growing their strong relationship since they were teenagers. Now, this seasoned couple is excited to take on the rest of their lives together, hand in hand as husband and wife. This is their love story.
What were your first impressions of each other?
K: My first impression was that there was no way this girl would be interested in me.
A: I thought he was very cute and funny. I love his personality.
What is your favorite thing about your partner?
K: How smart and caring she is, and how she can make me smile and laugh all the time.
A: How big his heart is! He is always telling me he loves me and is very supportive.
K: I knew she was “the one” for a long time, but it first clicked for me when I first went on a family vacation. They made me feel like I was a part of the family.
A: There wasn’t an exact moment—more like I could see our relationship continually growing stronger. I honestly can’t imagine my life without him.
Describe the proposal from you own perspective.
K: We were at the beach with her family, and I had made reservations for dinner. Before heading to dinner, I asked her to have a drink with me on the balcony, where I had strategically placed the ring box. When she was not paying attention, I grabbed the box and got down on one knee. She immediately started freaking out and wouldn’t let me finish the lines I had been preparing.
A: My family and I were all enjoying wine before heading to dinner reservations Kevin had made. I joined him on the balcony, and before I knew it, he was down on one knee. We celebrated with champagne and relaxing on the beach together.
K: Diamonds Direct helped me pick the perfect ring for my fiancé. I consulted with them for several weeks to finalize everything. I love how it turned out.
A: I love everything about my ring. It’s exactly what I wanted down to the very last detail. I never want to take it off!
What are you most looking forward to about spending the rest of your lives together?
K: I can’t wait to grow each and every day with her. She’s the only person in the world I want to share everything with!
A: Everything! I can’t wait to take on life with Kevin.