by Kimi Rose
Born and raised in Bakersfield, Calif., Sarah was always on the move. After high school, she left for Midwestern town Granville, Ohio to earn a B.A. in Communications at Denison University. After doing exactly that, she packed up her things to attend the SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. During her first year of law school, Sarah met Justin online. By comparison, Justin is a native Texan and earned his B.A. in Vocal Performance at the University of North Texas and his M.B.A. studies at Amberton University in Garland, Texas.
Once they connected, Sarah and Justin had a few dates together, but they lost touch when Sarah had to focus more on studying for finals. It took three years for them to reconnect–through Snapchat! Justin still had her contact information, which automatically made them friends on the app. After a few stray snaps to Sarah, they both decided to meet up for drinks. They haven’t stopped seeing each other since. Sarah is now an associate at the law firm of Bellinger & Suberg, LLP, while Justin is a residential loan officer at Highlands Residential Mortgage in West Plano. The pair was together for two and a half years before getting engaged.
For the quintessential question, Justin took Sarah to lunch at the restaurant where they went on one of their first dates, and then on a walk touring Sarah’s favorite architecture in downtown Dallas. It was a gorgeous, warm, and sunny day. As they stood in front of the reflecting pond at the Winspear Opera House, Justin got down on one knee. Sarah was so shocked she got a bloody nose in the middle of the proposal, but of course, said yes and celebrated as soon as Justin handed her a handkerchief. Afterwards, they went out to dinner with family at one of their favorite local places.
The couple will be married at Convento de Santa Clara in Antigua, Guatemala in March of 2018. The venue is a ruined cathedral from a 17th-century convent that was partially destroyed in an earthquake in the mid-1700s. The reception will take place in the gardens and the sanctuary of the convent.