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August 6, 2022
Woodstock, IL

Kelly & Matt

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Matt Mandernach

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Kelly Warak

August 6, 2022

Woodstock, IL

How we met

We have good old online dating to thank. We both swiped right and the rest is history.

The Proposal

Matt’s point of view: I have a problem keeping secrets and I don’t care for procrastination. So when the ring finally arrived after a 3 month process, I just didn't want to wait any longer. The next day on Wednesday, July 22 I decided it was time. Since we enjoy long walks, I convinced Kelly to go for a nice four mile stroll where I could pop the question at a park in downtown Arlington Heights. I found the perfect spot in front of the fountain, and got down on one knee. I asked Kelly to be my wife and she said yes through tears of joy. Kelly’s point of view: Another four mile walk. The things I do for this man… I didn’t think much of it, since it’s a common occurrence for us- we just did a 12 mile walk “for fun!” But all I wanted to do on this particular night after work was read my book and enjoy the summer night. I agreed to go on the walk on our usual route through the neighborhoods and the downtown area. Immediately, I could tell something was off. He wasn't his usual chatterbox self. By the time we got to North School Park, I just had a feeling our story would change forever. I couldn’t have been more excited. Matt got down on one knee and asked me to be his *wife*.

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