Rachel & Eddie in Minneapolis, MN

A new city and a silly bet made for lasting love between Rachel and Eddie. In the spring of 2004, Rachel moved to Minneapolis and decided to join Love.com (now AOL Personals) in hope of finding new friends. Her first match was Eddie, who had created a profile after losing a bet to his college roommates. Impressed by his stats, Rachel winked at him, the two began chatting online, and they eventually started having lengthy phone conversations. They planned a short date at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to get to know one another and ended up staying up late into the night.  The Bride Rachel Mikrot (now 23 and a sales and catering coordinator) The Groom Eddie Schaefer (now 26 and a student)  The Date June 16  Within a year-and-a-half they were discussing marriage, and the couple visited her family jeweler to create a custom engagement ring. Two weeks before Christmas, after a dinner uptown, Rachel and Eddie headed to the pond at the College of St. Catherine to feed the ducks. Snuggled together in the crisp air beneath the glowing Christmas lights, Eddie got down on one knee while standing on the bridge over the pond and asked for her hand.

A new city and a silly bet made for lasting love between Rachel and Eddie. In the spring of 2004, Rachel moved to Minneapolis and decided to join Love.com (now AOL Personals) in hope of finding new friends. Her first match was Eddie, who had created a profile after losing a bet to his college roommates. Impressed by his stats, Rachel winked at him, the two began chatting online, and they eventually started having lengthy phone conversations. They planned a short date at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to get to know one another and ended up staying up late into the night. The Bride Rachel Mikrot (now 23 and a sales and catering coordinator) The Groom Eddie Schaefer (now 26 and a student) The Date June 16 Within a year-and-a-half they were discussing marriage, and the couple visited her family jeweler to create a custom engagement ring. Two weeks before Christmas, after a dinner uptown, Rachel and Eddie headed to the pond at the College of St. Catherine to feed the ducks. Snuggled together in the crisp air beneath the glowing Christmas lights, Eddie got down on one knee while standing on the bridge over the pond and asked for her hand.

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