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DANA + ZACH

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DANA + ZACH

Zach proposed in the early morning hours of December 18, 2017, under the Northern Lights in Alaska! It was so romantic! I had to travel to Anchorage for a work meeting, so Zach decided to join me on the trip. We took a week of vacation to explore Alaska. We had an awesome time chasing the northern lights, visiting the Chena Hot Spring, going to the North Pole, traveling into the Arctic Circle, viewing Denali from the Alaska Railroad and dogsledding. Our first attempts to view the northern lights were a failure. It was just too cloudy.

At the end of the trip, we road the train from Fairbanks to Talkeetna to stay one night at the Talkeetna Roadhouse before departing for Anchorage to fly home. That night, we met our tour guide and another family around 11:30 pm for one last attempt to see the northern lights. We walked away from the town in -8 degree weather with headlamps, hand warmers and about five layers of clothes. We didn’t have to wait long – we saw a sky full of stars and then the lights appeared! It was gorgeous! After the tour guide and the other family decided to call it a night, Zach asked if I wanted to stay a bit longer to keep watching the lights. After a while, it started to get extremely cold, and I asked if he was ready to head back. (I was also a little scared of stumbling across a moose, and not knowing what we’d do!) Zach said he had one thing to ask me before we walked back. He got on one knee (yes, in the snow!) and asked me to marry him!

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