Ciara Wilson and Marcus Doxie

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Ciara Wilson, 31, and Marcus Doxie, 36, are to be married Oct. 1, 2017, at The Historic Post Office, Hampton, Va.

“I met my fiancé 17 years ago just walking around the mall. We exchanged numbers and became really close friends. We began dating other people, and our friendship grew distant,” said Ciara.

Fast-forward to 2017. The couple reconnected about six months ago. He was stationed in Tennessee and Ciara lived in Chesapeake, Va. Marcus came to visit her for the holidays. The second night in town, he got down on one knee and popped the question.

Unbeknownst to Ciara, he asked her dad’s permission to marry her prior to popping the question to Ciara, which was a requirement. “He told my dad that he knew 17 years ago that he would one day marry me,” said Ciara.

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