21-year-old Emma Marsh and 20-year-old AJ Sellers first met when they were just four years old at Washington Catholic Preschool in Washington.
Watch the man proposing his girlfriend 16 years after being reunited
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They began kindergarten in different schools and lost touch. Emma then moved to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, with her father Tony Marsh.
In 2017, the preschool sweethearts met again in the hallway of Vincennes University in Indiana 16 years after losing touch.
However, they couldn’t recognize each other and then a mutual friend reintroduced them. The childhood sweethearts say they didn’t stop talking until 4 am that night.
Emma said: “I remember being in AJ’s house when I was a little girl. We were really good friends. We hung out every day. He even remembers a Hello Kitty mirror I gave him at one of my birthday parties.”
“When I moved away I always wondered what happened to him. A couple of years later I was walking into the administration office at my college when I ran into this guy who was reading and walking at the same time.”
“I kept walking but I did feel like I recognized him.
Later that day my friend Jordan asked me if I wanted to hang out and when he came to pick me up the same guy I bumped into was in the passenger’s seat.I asked him who he was and he said “AJ”. I was shocked, I said, ‘My AJ?’”
Emma, who is a social worker, and AJ, a military policeman, started dating a few weeks later.
Three months after dating, AJ decided to propose Emma and purchased an engagement ring.
AJ told Emma’s family and friends to come to the church with Emma where her mother convinced her to wear a blindfold.
When Emma took off her blindfold, she was left surprised to see AJ holding an engagement ring.
Emma said: “I was so overwhelmed when I saw him and then he got down on one knee. I was speechless. I don’t think I even said yes until later that night!”
AJ said: “I knew early on that I wanted to be with Emma forever. She’s so selfless and the most beautiful person inside and out.”
The couple will tie the knot on June 2020.
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