Alyson and Nick
How We Met
Ironically, our story starts with me telling my friend how I wanted to go out and have a girls’ night. I explained that I did not want to talk to any boys. However, that plan quickly failed and I am lucky it did. In addition, Nick was never one to go out to bars, however, was forced to go out that night by several of his friends. Call it coincidence, call it fate, some how we both ended up at Ocean Drive in Sea Isle (which is the EXACT same spot my parents met 20 years prior). Quickly into the night, my friend decided to forgo the idea of a “girls night” and began talking to a bachelor party. I was less than amused by the men in the group but decided to stay put and be the best wing-woman I could be. As I was making small chitchat with the men around me, another man, not apart of the group caught my eye. We made eye contact across the room for several minutes. Until I finally concocted the plan to mouth the word “help”. Before I knew it, Nick was standing before me and we had immediately begun hitting it off. I was lucky enough to spend the rest of my night with Nick. As it approached the time for my friend and me to Uber home, Nick asked for my number. I decided to give it to him on one condition, that I get a text from him as soon as I woke up, with the warning that I wake up fairly early (8:30 to be exact). That next morning, sure enough, I woke up to a text at 8:28 AM and the rest is history.
How They Asked
I am a planner and let me tell you, it is hard to out-plan a planner. Which is how I almost ruined my own engagement. On the day before we got engaged, Nick and I were talking about or plans for the following day. In the midst of these plans, Nick had talked about the possibility of visiting my childhood park. I quickly dismissed that idea by sharing that I was glad he was not going to propose there because I had an ex-boyfriend give me a promise ring there several years prior. Little did I know, that was Nick’s plan, sending him into immediate panic mode. Flash forward to October 19th, 2019. After hours of waiting, we finally make our way to brunch before going pumpkin picking that afternoon. I notice quickly that we were driving toward the shore. I had then assumed we were going to be heading to my favorite breakfast spot in Ocean City. After the hour car ride, we pulled into The Crab Trap parking lot.
I was ecstatic because that’s my favorite. Nick then suggested we head down to the outside bar for a drink, however, because it was October the bar was closed for the season, which is when I suggested we head down to the dock. Unknown to me, the dock was where the magic was going to happen. Upon reaching the dock’s end I immediately began to tear up. In front of me laid a picnic blanket and basket, a photo of us, two pumpkins surrounded by roses. It was then that Nick got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
Just moments after saying “yes” Nick introduced me to our photographer, Bob Creamer who had been taking pictures the entire time. Then my soon-to-be mother in-law and best friend came running down the ramp. As if this day could get any better… after our photo shoot, we enjoyed lunch at The Crab Trap. We then headed off to the pumpkin patch as a newly engaged couple where my family met us to celebrate the wonderful occasion.