It's finally Valentine's Day, and we've got some big news to share! SO HAPPY to announce the winner of our Pin it & Win it contest with Ruffled, CHRISTINE MINARD! An enormous thank you and Happy Valentine's Day to EVERYONE who entered the contest - there were SO many amazing, touching entries to choose from (and yes, there were definitely tears happening over here during judging!) Our winner Christine and her boyfriend Alex have such a touching story that we just HAD to share it with all of our followers. Christine sent us a lovely Pinterest board accompanied by a story that is just too beautiful NOT to share. Here is a bit of Christine and Alex's story, from Christine: "Almost five years ago, I met the love of my life. At the time, I didn't know it. I had recently gone through some pretty difficult things in my life, and the last thing I wanted was to get into a relationship. All I needed was a good friend; and Alex fulfilled that need. Our friendship became so strong that it turned into love. He was everything that I had ever wanted in a partner. He makes me laugh, listens to my every word, and made me into a better person." " Five years later (and one dog later), we're still in love. However, due to the tough economy, we have been forced (financially) to live apart. Neither of us have been able to find a job that is financially stable enough for us to be together and marry. People ask us all the time how we are able to be apart for so long. All I say is that when you find "the one", he'll be worth waiting for. Winning this contest would give us the absolute commitment that is already in our hearts; to love each other, through thick and thin, for the rest of our lives." A huge THANK YOU to Christine for sharing her amazing story with us. We're honored to play even a small part in your lifelong happiness with Alex! CONGRATULATIONS again to our winners; we hope there will be a wedding for you two in the near future!