How We Met
From Alexis: Our first date was at an Applebee’s close to my college. We met at a parking lot by school to drive together and Steven first got into my car with no shoes on. He recently came from a run and was trying to quickly change. I was kind of alarmed thinking this was our first meeting and not sure what I was getting into. After getting to the restaurant we talked the whole time and laughed about how we ate at the same speed. We both new this was something special after our first date. As our relationship continued to grow we faced different challenges. We lived two hours apart from each other and we were both in college so finding time to see each other was not always easy. We overcame the distance and fell in love with each other and created so many new memories traveling and pushing each other to try new things.
I knew Steven was the one because I could just see how much he cared for me and how special he made me feel all the time. I knew I could tell him anything that was on my mind and he wouldn’t judge me or laugh. He would always listen and made me always feel safe.
how they asked
From Steven: First I asked her mother for her blessing. Then I met with her father to get his blessing as well. Once they both said yes, I felt excited moving forward with the planning. I started doing a lot of engagement ring research at different locations and on the web. During the planning I had to casually find out her ring size without her getting suspicious and also find out what type of diamond she liked most. After a lot of shopping I finally designed and purchased an engagement ring. The next step was to determine where and when I was going to propose. For our 3 and half years, Alexis brought up an idea to go to the Mohonk Mountain House to celebrate so I decided this would be the perfect opportunity because she planned the trip and she wouldn’t expect anything. The week leading up to the proposal was full of excitement and nerves for me as I kept the ring secretly stored in our room without her even knowing. The morning of the proposal we made the trip up to the Mountain House and started the day with breakfast. After we walked around Lake Mohonk, the whole time I was planning when and where I was actually going to propose. We then did a tour inside the house and during, I decided that I would do at the Sky Top Tour once we went back outside. After the tour we started are walk up to the tour and it started to rain. We climbed up the tower and I was planning on proposing on the top but once we got up it was raining extremely hard and was extremely windy. There were a few people on top as well and I wanted it to be private so we went back down and started to walk around by the tower. I tried to inconspicuously make Alexis walk in front of me so that I could pull the ring out and surprise her. She kept turning around but I was able to have her look the other way long enough to pull out the ring and get down on one knee. I was very excited and nervous and forgot the speech I had planned. She was very excited and said yes!
From Alexis: About two weeks before I had told Steven that I wanted to go to the Mohonk Mountain House for the day. Little did I know he was already planning something special but didn’t have an exact plan. On November 18th we got ready bright and early to arrive for our 9:30 Breakfast reservation. While we ate we brought up topics about the future and even marriage. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and relaxing interior. We did a tour and walked around the grounds where we even saw a bald eagle. Later on we started to hike up to the Sky Top Tower where we enjoyed the beautiful view but the weather was getting pretty rainy and windy. We made our way to the top of the tower and we could barley keep our hats on. Steven suggested going back down and walking around the lake near the tower. He kept telling me to walk ahead because he wanted to take a picture but the nosy person I am I turned around too soon and saw him taking the ring box out of his pocket. I immediately started to cry and of course said YES! We stayed in that moment for a while and later shared he news with our loved ones.