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Michelle Clark & Justin Beltz

March 16, 2012

Twelve years ago, in Mrs. Darnell’s 10th grade English class at Fort Dorchester High in North Charleston, Michelle Clark was directed to sit, per alphabetical order, just behind Justin Beltz. Michelle’s opinion of her new neighbor? “I remember him always smelling so good!” Though their seating arrangement lasted just one semester, the two began dating in March 2001, and more than a decade later, after “many ups and downs,” they were still going strong. On the eve of their 11-year anniversary—March 17, 2012—Michelle raced home to add the finishing touches to Justin’s anniversary present. When she ran inside, however, she found that Justin had beaten her to it, waiting in their bedroom on bended knee. “Somehow, he totally surprised me!” she says. The couple will wed on March 23, 2013.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the couple