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Drew Swope and Archie Fortner kissing after getting engaged at Common Market, in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte. (Credit: Linh Kent, Facebook)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Drew Swope and Archie Fortner got engaged at Common Market, in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte, on Friday, Dec. 22, seven years since they first met at that very spot.

“Seven years ago I was coming in from a snowball fight for a warming drink at CM [Common Market] and saw Archie sitting with a friend,” Swope told qnotes. “It seemed fated. I fell in love at first sight.”

Fortner is deaf, and Swope is not, but they didn’t let that get in the way of having an intense conversation. 

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“We sat for hours writing notes,” Swope recalled. “We started dating and I learned basic Sign Language very fast. So I wanted to propose to Archie where we met. I told him I would ‘beg, borrow, steal’ to make him happy. So I begged, borrowed, and stole ten rings from friends. They arrived from all over America. A friend gave Archie a motorcycle ride to the CM and the rest is history.”

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Archie Fortner (l) and Drew Swope (r) shortly after getting engaged. (Credit: Linh Kent, Facebook)

“Archie will set a wedding date when he’s good and ready,” he added. “I love him very much; he’s made me a very happy man.”

Watch the moment play out in the video below. 

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Jeff Taylor is a journalist and artist. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Inside Lacrosse, and McSweeney’s Internet...