Their story from the bride, Cassie: I met Brandon on the first day of classes of our freshman year in college. Neither of us were looking for a relationship when we started dating at the beginning of our sophomore year, but I believe that the Lord's timing is best and he knew what he was doing when he made our paths cross. We became best friends quickly and it wasn't long before we knew we couldn't live without each other.
During my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy over Christmas break. I had been encouraging Brandon that college was the perfect time to travel abroad and he should consider seeking out a similar opportunity. He found a separate study abroad trip to Italy and signed up. Our trips barely overlapped...his trip ended a day before I had a free weekend. So we were able to meet up in Italy and spend a weekend together-- such a dream!
It was particularly special for me because my family history is in Italy. My mom was born in Naples, so I couldn't wait to show Brandon my heritage. After a fantastic Neapolitan pizza dinner (my favorite food in the entire world!), Brandon led me up to a quiet roof-top terrace overlooking the bay of Naples. The full moon was shining over Mt. Vesuvius and the city lights lit up the shoreline. While we were admiring the view, Brandon got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He took me completely by surprise! Somehow he managed to keep his plan a secret from me for almost 5 months, all the while convincing me that he wasn't going to propose until the summer. We got to spend the rest of the weekend exploring the island of Capri and climbing Mt. Vesuvius together...hopefully just the beginning of many adventures to come!