John Lamey and Rachel Wilhelm have been best friends for six years. Rachel has always said she wanted to get engaged around New Years – and who can blame her? Who wouldn’t want to kick off the new year with happily ever after?

Making a commitment to each other is a significant part of any relationship, but for this couple, it’s the backbone. Much of Rachel’s life has been spent moving around, going to different schools, from England, to Minnesota, to Missouri, to California. Right now she’s in Omaha finishing her senior year at Creighton University. John and the rest of her family live in California.

Over winter break, exactly three years and seven months after they started dating, John popped the question to Rachel on January 7, 2013. Long-distance engagements can be difficult, but to keep Rachel close, John also wears an engagement ring (one of the promise rings the couple got each other a year after dating).

They haven’t set a date yet, but Rachel says that since she and John have been apart for so many years, she’s looking forward to the moment after their wedding when she and John can have that sweet, personal moment together in complete happiness in the realization that they are finally married.

Congratulations, Rachel and John!

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