How we met: John Michael and I met in a jazz ensemble at Capital University. He was playing guitar and I was the vocalist. The first interaction I remember having with him started because he was making fun of my pink phone. A few days later we had a spontaneous hang out night, and we ended up staying up all night talking.
I was always amazed at how easy it was to talk to John Michael, and how quickly we connected on so many levels. We continued our friendship for a few months. Then, on my birthday, we hiked up a mountain in his hometown and he asked me to be his girlfriend as we watched the sun set.
John Michael was always so amazing at coming up with creative date ideas, and he loves to take me to do adventurous things like sky diving or white water rafting. Our relationship has grown and evolved, and I couldn’t ask for a better best friend.
how they asked: John Michael said he wanted to plan a New Years Eve party and invite all our friends and dance until the sun came up. I loved the idea. Dress up in a fancy dress, good friends, great music and really ring in the new year right.
Well, the whole thing fell apart. A lot of friends weren’t able to make it, family had other plans, and I had to work New Years Eve, even though I asked off way in advance.
What I didn’t know was that John Michael had been planning this for 3 months, and had everything right where he wanted it. He talked to all of my friends and family and told them what he was going to do, and asked them to tell me they weren’t able to make it. Over 120 people knew and somehow he managed to keep all of them from telling the big secret. He even coordinated with my boss to make sure I would be working the day of the party and not around to ask questions.
When I finally arrived after hurriedly getting off of work, getting into my dress and grabbing whatever appetizers I had prepared, I rushed into an empty room. I was so confused. A friend of ours escorted me to a table that had a video playing of everyone I knew telling me that “something was getting ready to happen”.
The table was adorned with a bunch of items from our relationship. My cellphone he made fun of when we first met, our first anniversary gift, movie tickets and concert stubs. He even got the lead singer of House Of Heroes (The first band we went to go see together) to be on one of the videos telling me congratulations.
When my mom came on the screen telling me that I was born with tiny hands, and how she has always held them, but now she was going to give those hands to John Michael to hold…I lost it. Now there was no doubt this was happening.
I then stood in front of a large television that read “Our Future”. John Michael came on screen and told me that he wanted to “make it until forever” and wanted to show me what that might look like. I then saw what he had been doing for 3 months without my knowledge. He acted out our lives starting with him as an old man at our grand children’s birthday party, then moving backwards in time to his “midlife crisis”, our daughters wedding, son’s graduation, teaching bike riding, baby’s first steps, first house and then….John Michael came back on screen and said “But before all of that happens, there is one thing I have left to do” and then he stepped from behind the screen!
He got down on one knee and told me I would make him the happiest man in the history of the world if I would marry him. I was crying so much and laughing so much, I could barely see.
I said yes, to which he signaled to his friends outside with a walkie talkie.
All of a sudden, fireworks erupted outside, so we opened the doors and stepped out on the balcony. And then I saw them. Everybody. Everybody was there all along. A huge cheer rose up to greet us as my jaw dropped wide open. I thought this was only going to be a few people, instead there was over 100 people there.
All my friends and family came up to the main room and we hugged, celebrated, ate, and danced. Boy oh boy did we dance. We danced hard until about 5 am. I have never been so surprised in all my life, and every day I am amazed that I have some who loves me so much that they did all this for me.
Planning, photos and video by Our Preface