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October 14, 2022
Playa Mujeres, Mexico
#MeantToBeeDerner

The Future Mr. & Mrs. Derner

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Alex Derner

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Taryn Cudlitz

#MeantToBeeDerner

October 14, 2022

Playa Mujeres, Mexico

The Story of Us

Watch out for the bees...

Alex and Taryn have known each other for many years, but it wasn't until the bees stung that they landed on each other's radar. Alex and Taryn share a special mutual family connection. Taryn's family has been very close friends with Alex's uncle, aunt, and cousins (the Rosenblatts) since she was VERY little. Taryn's dad, Mark, and Alex's uncle, Bob, have been hanging around the neighborhood since they were little kids! Taryn has been the best of friends with Alex's cousin Lauren since they were little girls. Because of the close family connection, Taryn and Alex have spent many occasions together over the years from birthday parties to holidays to family/friend gatherings. In September of 2018, the families all decided to get together at the Rosenblatt’s lake house to celebrate Labor Day. Taryn wanted to go out on a jet ski, but she didn't have a license to drive one herself. So, Alex offered to take her out. Taryn didn't think anything of it (or him) at the time, but somewhere along that ride something changed. Later on that night, while they were all sitting around eating dinner, a bees nest got disturbed. A few members of the family were stung, Alex was stung on his eye and they tried to re-nest in Taryn’s hair! It was pretty wild and chaotic. Looking back, some may call it a sting of love. Months went by, (December 2018) and Alex liked one of Taryn's old instagram photos that he had to dive deep to find. Taryn immediately texted Lauren to tell her! They laughed about it and questioned it, but ultimately Taryn decided to slide into Alex’s dm’s and call him out. Alex didn't even try to defend himself! And after just a few days of talking, Alex asked her out on their first date. Since then, Alex and Taryn have become each other's best friend and forever person. And amongst the Covid-19 pandemic, Alex asked Taryn to marry him on June 6th, 2020 in his parents backyard with their families. Without a doubt, Taryn said YES!

Tid Bits

Q.How did Alex propose? Unfortunately due to Covid, Alex's wild proposal plans were cancelled. He decided to propose in his backyard with their families wearing masks that said, "Will You Marry Me?". It ended up being perfect! Q.What's your favorite activity together? Drinking tequila and watching TV shows/sports with our dog Baylee. Q.Where was your first date? The Ridge Diner for brunch and Taryn was 20 min late...

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