After knowing each other for only two weeks, English told Zlogar that she intended to marry him.
English said she knew it was too soon, but she wanted Zlogar to know where she stood.
English then joined the Coast Guard both to pursue a career as a law enforcement officer working with victims of human trafficking and to stay close to his future wife.
“I said to him, ‘I’ll wait as long as it takes, and I’ll do everything in my power to convince you that I’m totally in and that I’m here for it.’ And she thought I was crazy, but two years later we were still together,” English said.
She added: “She is just amazing. She taught me so much about life, hard work and friendships. That first night I thought the way her friends acted around her was so special. I could tell they loved him so much.”
Two years after they started dating, the couple moved to North Carolina. On January 1, 2020, they went for a picnic on Emerald Isle beach to celebrate the New Year and that’s when Zlogar proposed to the Englishman.
“It was amazing and beautiful, but the pandemic hit,” English said.