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Megan Stoffel and Brandon Stokes
Megan Stoffel and Brandon Stokes first bumped into each other in 2001 on their middle school bus. For years, Megan admired Brandon from afar, even doodling hearts with his initials in her notebooks at one point. In high school, the pair met and became sweethearts. When both went to separate colleges, they dated off-and-on. Then, home for Thanksgiving break in 2011, (he in Beaufort, she in Ridgeland) Brandon ask her on a date just like old times back in high school, says Megan. He took her to the waterfront to watch the sunset where they talked about life—jobs, families, and growing old together, Megan says, until the mood shifted. “Gone was my composed boyfriend,” Megan recalls. “His voice became quivery and his eyes welled up in tears.” Moments later, Brandon was down on one knee, asking for her to marry him. Megan says she was speechless, floored, in fact, “with happiest-girl-in-the-world emotions.” After asking three times, Brandon heard the “Yes!” he was hoping for. The couple then joined their families, who had been hiding out at a nearby park. The group celebration was the icing on the cake, says Megan. The two, now Charleston residents, will wed on April 27, 2013 at St. Mary of the Annunciation.