Lock Haven University students Chelsea Lemke and Nathan Fought met when they were studying abroad in Italy in the summer of 2009.
Fought recalls that he had never met Lemke before traveling even though they both attended the same college.
The day of the flight to Italy, Fought even missed the flight, further delaying his fateful meeting with Lemke.
Fought, a native of Muncy, and Lemke, of Lancaster, became close during their trip, and eventually started dating.
During a diving trip to Key West, Fla., Fought planned to propose to Lemke, but not without some secretive planning.
"I was a little nervous, but she's the kind of girl that you can't sneak anything by. It was a really big deal that I pulled it off," Fought said.
He even kept the secret from the friends that accompanied them on the trip, fearing they'd let the news slip. The only other person on the trip, who was aware or the proposal was the boat captain.
The two had enjoyed diving, and had started a scuba club at Lock Haven University. The couple, along with friends, went on their second diving trip, this time to Key West, Fla., at the beginning of the year.
After much planning, Fought proposed underwater on Jan. 5, 2012, at a statue called, "The Christ of the Abyss" in Key Largo, Fla.
"It was a place that we had always wanted to visit. She thought it was a joke! She kept saying, 'Is this for real?' even two hours after," Fought said.
"Christ of the Abyss" is a bronze statue that is submerged in the water. The statue depicts Jesus sending a message of peace with his hands spread outward.
Fought set up for a photographer to capture the underwater proposal, and had "Will You Marry Me?" written on the inside of the ring box.
On a dive slate, which is frequently used for underwater communication between divers, Fought wrote, "Circle Yes or No."
Of course, Lemke circled yes.
"She kept asking questions, like if her parents knew. I had this ring that I had to hide from her. It was a two-week trip and it wasn't easy to keep it hidden and safe," he said. "I kept throwing curveballs at her. When we were underwater and people were taking pictures, she was really in shock."
Later that evening, Fought gave Lemke the real ring in private on the beach. Many things threw Lemke off, including the fact that she knew Fought was planning to pop the question in the summer, not January.
She also had told him that she didn't like a specific jeweler's style of rings and Fought put the ring in a box from that company.
A June 19, 2013, wedding along the coast of Delaware is being planned.
Lemke is the daughter of Diane and Gregory Lemke, Lancaster. She graduated from Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, in 2008 and received a bachelor's degree in health science with a minor in psychology from Lock Haven University in 2011, where she is pursuing a master's degree in physician assistant studies.
Fought is the son of Robin Holmes, Williamsport, and Richard Fought, Millville. He graduated from Muncy High School in 2005. He received a bachelor's degree in fine arts and an associate degree in health sciences with a minor in international studies from Lock Haven University in 2009. He is employed by Cathedral Energy Services, Washington, Pa., as a measurement while drilling field engineer.