Anh and Dan met the very first day of Central Elementary school in 1993. They romantically did not say one word to each other all through elementary school, middle school and all the way through high school. While they were in the same grade and had some of the same friends, Anh and Dan were complete strangers.
This changed in 2010 when Anh moved back to Pennsauken after college. They met through mutual friends (the same group of friends from grade school) when Dan came to a July 4th party at Anh's house. After 17 years, the first words were finally spoken between the two. They were the only ones to enjoy the slip and slide that day. Let's just say there was a mutual adventurous spirit from that first meeting.
They met a handful more times through the same group of friends. One night, after a few drinks on South Street, Dan offered to take Anh home because he had to work early the next day. It was 2AM and Anh was hungry. Dan drove them to the local diner in Cherry Hill and instead of going in, Anh and Dan sat in the car for the next 4 hours talking, people watching and learning about one another. Before they departed, Anh to bed and Dan to work, they shared a first kiss. Dan finally asked Anh out on an actual date a few weeks later.
A freak fire in January 2011 burned down Anh's house and she found refuge in Dan's bachelor pad at his parent's house. Despite some rough patches in their humble beginnings, Anh and Dan starting dating seriously and eventually moved into an apartment together. For several years, Anh and Dan moved away from family and friends so that Anh could work in New York full time. Dan commuted an hour and a half each way to get to work in South Jersey and back. While Anh and Dan both had long days, it was enough to share dinner together each night and fall asleep in each other's arms.
It was business as usual for quite some time, but on September 19, 2014, Dan decided maybe it was time to take the next step. Anh is a fanatic about penguins, plain and simple - obsessed. Dan told Anh he was able to secure a private encounter through his sister-in-law, which involves feeding the penguins at the Philadelphia Zoo. Anh was thrilled, she has never fed penguins before and being so close to them was just an amazing treat. When they arrived at the penguin keep, Anh was so consumed by the experience, all else was lost. Before she could come to terms with Dan not responding to her pleas to help feed the hungry penguins....Dan was on one knee with the engagement ring in hand. As soon as Anh could get over the shock, she immediately said "Yes!" (although Dan never officially asked the question, once again the words were lost). The couple that has been friends and partners from as early as the very first day of kindergarten (even though they had no clue) finally got married on September 3, 2016.