Clear Cut Couples: Callie and Dylan
Callie and Dylan grew up 10 minutes down the road from one another and went to the same high school. He was a grade ahead of her, and although they knew “of” each other, it took them years to connect after high school. They kept tabs on one another via social media, and Callie thinks that she has always had a little bit of a “virtual crush” on him. Dylan went on a European backpacking trip in 2016, and in 2017 she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. About 2 weeks into her semester abroad, Dylan reached out to her, hoping to talk about traveling to places in Europe, etc. That was his way in! Can you believe it?! They lived 2 miles from one another for 15 years and reconnected when they were separated by an ocean! From there, they talked every day and had many Facetime dates while she was finishing her semester in Florence.
Although Callie was so sad that her experience abroad had to end, she couldn’t wait to get back to Pennsylvania and officially “meet” the guy she’d spent the last 4 months getting to know! Dylan picked her up and had a bonfire going for them back at his house. 3 days after that first date, he asked her to “officially” be his girlfriend 😊 and the rest is history! They just celebrated 4 years together!
They have shared so many incredible memories since then. They love to travel and have vacationed to quite a few places together! St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Connecticut, Colorado, Arizona, Florida. One of their most memorable trips, and the ultimate test of their relationship, was when they hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back, a 16-mile trek, within 24 hours. Although there were a few tears along the way, the beautiful views and the sense of accomplishment they felt together made it one of their most special memories!
They celebrated another huge milestone when they moved in together in June 2019. Callie was living in Pennsylvania and had a job in central Jersey, commuting 3+ hours per day. Dylan finished nursing school in the summer of 2019; and, shortly after they took the next step in their relationship and have been living together in New Jersey ever since!
Dylan’s family has vacationed at Siesta Key beach every year since he was young, so it was an easy decision for him to propose there! The proposal happened the day after Valentine’s day - after breakfast Dylan told Callie he wanted to look for sand dollars on the beach, and shortly after the search began, he popped the question! After he proposed, his entire family was waiting for them back at the house with champagne and decorations, it was the perfect celebration.
Callie had a feeling a proposal was happening within the next 6ish months, but she was not expecting it to happen on the Florida trip. She actually convinced herself that it WASN’T happening in Florida, mainly because her sister and best friend put on a very good act, and both pretended like they didn’t even know when they were traveling to Florida. She thought, “If my sister and best friend don’t know the week we’re going to Florida, then I’m definitely not getting engaged, because if so they would know the dates!” So, everyone was in on it! She said, “I couldn’t love my ring more. It was everything I imagined it to be and most importantly, it’s SO ME! I love the simplicity, the dainty gold band, and the oval shape fits my hand so well.” They LOVE wine, and would love to have a vineyard wedding, hopefully late spring-early summer of 2022!