Posted by Gabriel & Co on 19th Apr 2017

We loved this Romantic Engagement story, and think you will too.   

It all began in 2014 with an Instagram post of an empty plate at a Thanksgiving Day table. Every year Cassi, a Pre-K teacher in Maryland, lays out an empty place setting for all the brave men and women serving overseas who can’t be home for the holidays.

Cassi was just doing what she could do to acknowledge those who often get forgotten. But thousands of miles away a soldier in Afghanistan named Vincent saw the post and became fascinated to know more about the person who always had a place for men like him at her table. She, in turn, was curious about the service man that was so moved by the gesture.

Their digital connection was instant, as if they were old friends who had known each other for a lifetime.

After months of getting to know each other, they decided to take the leap into the real world and meet for the first time. In exactly seven days both of them knew they were destined to be together . His certainty was so deep that Vincent knew in less than a year that he would follow Cassi anywhere. When he learned that Cassi was planning a trip around Europe, he decided to do just that.

Vincent surprised Cassi by joining her as she at Downhill Beach, Ireland, even more so when he proposed with a Gabriel & Co ring. Vincent heard the magic word right when she took his hand on that cold bright beach and said "Yes", and together they traveled to the back roads of Poland, across natural splendor of Germany and to the handsome cities of the Czech Republic.

All along the way, Vincent took pictures of her leading the way, wanting the world to remember them holding hands as they embraced life's other surprises and uncertainties of a future together.

"Having Vinny in my life means it is always going to be an adventure! He makes me realize that a life without challenges is not what I want. Getting the privilege to marry this man means we will always have the next adventure to plan," said Cassi.