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From High School Sweethearts to Engaged – Ashley & Noah’s Proposal Story

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Surprise proposal story

Each of us experiences a different path to love. But when it’s right, it’s right. And how awesome is it that sometimes it’s right the first time around?! Although everyone grows together in their own relationships, there’s something really special about the classic “high-school sweethearts” who grow up together into adulthood, knowing that what they have is special and worth holding onto.

Here at James Allen, we can’t even count how many proposal stories our customers send us about high-school sweethearts who got engaged.

Ashley and Noah are a perfect example of one such couple who have been together since high school and have never let go.


Ashley & Noah from Richmond, Kentucky

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“We fell so in love with the island that we decided to visit it again the next summer (this past summer) as well. Little did I know at the time that this would be no ordinary family vacation.” – Ashley

Ashley and Noah, high-school sweethearts, began dating when Ashley was a sophomore and Noah was a senior. As they both shared a love of traveling, Ashley often went on cruises with Noah and his family. Last year they traveled to their favorite destination, St. Martin, and they couldn’t wait to come back the following year (this past summer).

Ashley had no idea what Noah had in store for her this time, or how much this family vacation would stand out from the rest.

When they reached their hotel, all Ashley could dream of was a nice, deep sleep, after a tough day of traveling. Noah, however, insisted that she wake up early, much to her chagrin, to get ready for an early breakfast with the family. A tired Ashley begrudgingly headed out to what she thought would be an ordinary breakfast, when Noah’s parents told her they wanted to stop and take some pictures on the beach, while Noah kept walking ahead.

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proposal story

“We cannot wait to return to our favorite island next summer for the destination wedding that we have dreamed about since it all began back in high school.” – Ashley

After taking a look at the pictures to see how they came out, Ashley turned around and saw Noah, who handed her a present. Inside the box was a mug that said “Does this ring make me look engaged?” Ashley instantaneously knew what Noah was up to, and her face lit up with a huge smile and happy tears. Noah asked her to marry him, and Ashley immediately said “Yes!” He then slid a stunning pavé engagement ring onto her finger, and they celebrated by finally having that breakfast she craved.

Read the full story in Ashley’s words

The Ring:

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View Ashley’s gorgeous pavé engagement ring in 360° HD

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Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).