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That Magic (HFOT) Moment

kate_awtrey2Kate Awtrey’s not exaggerating when she tells friends that the earth moved the day she met David King-the man she will marry. That’s because the couple met on December 15, 2012 at HFOT’s Groundbreaking event in Hawkinsville, Ga., for Marine Cpl Tony Mullis’ specially adapted home. Awtrey, who’s a professional photographer, was hired by HFOT to cover the event that day when she caught the attention of King, a member of the Color Guard detachment that presented the colors before the ceremony.

heartsI was packing my stuff up and getting ready to leave later,” Awtrey explains. “Then Dave approached me and said, ‘Could I get a copy of that photo you took of me and my buddies in the color guard?’" The two subsequently emailed after the holidays, and then made plans to get together when King returned home on leave. They then had their first date in February, 2013. “My mom asked me the day after our date how it went, and I said, ‘Oh it was great. I am going to marry him,’" says Awtrey.

Kate-AwtreyAwtrey’s gut proved right nine months later, on November 9, 2013, when King proposed to her just before the Marine Corps Ball, the surprise moment captured on camera by Awtrey’s brother. Wedding bells will ring for Awtrey and King on May 24, 2014 in Blue Ridge, Ga. A 1950’s inspired garden party is planned.

Disclaimer: We’re not promising you’ll meet your soulmate, but attending an HFOT event can be life-changing. Find out what events are going on in your area by clicking here.

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