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Haitan refugee Orlando Morel was rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Florida when he was just six years old. Now, 22 years later, he serves as a naval engineer.

After his mother passed away from cancer three months into their arrival in the U.S., young Orlando was adopted by a retired Navy petty officer. At the age of 24, he enlisted in the Coast Guard Academy and took part in search-and-rescues near Haiti.

After becoming a naval engineer, he met the woman who would become the love of his life, civilian Coast Guard employee Shameeka Edwards. 

When Orlando popped the question to Shameeka during a tour of the White House, Judah Avenue Photography was there to capture the moment.

Learn more about their story, with more photos of that beautiful moment, here.


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