How We Met
It was the Friday before Halloween. My roommates and I were setting up our living room for a Halloween themed going away party for my friend and her husband the next night. The same friend texted me asking me to meet her at a popular Mexican food restaurant down the street for drinks. I asked her “who’s there?” she replied that she was with work friends and a guy named Andrew, “you know, the guy I told you I wanted to set you up with!” I had always said that I never wanted be setup with someone, but it was her last weekend living in Houston, so I couldn’t say no! After quickly getting ready, I met them at the restaurant and sat across from Andrew. I was paying more attention to my friend for the majority of the evening, but when she and her work friends left the table, I found myself alone with Andrew. To avoid awkward small talk, I suggested we move to the bar to grab one more drink while we waited on the girls to leave. Even though I was wearing a jean jacket, minimal make-up, and my hair in a bun on the top of my head, Andrew and I hit it off instantly. (Maybe the tequila helped too…) There was something so different about him, he was mature, kind, funny, everything I had been searching for, but had not yet found. After that night, we were inseparable – and realized I should have listened to my friend and met him way earlier!
how they asked
Eight and a half months into our relationship, we had talked about marriage quite a few times. Andrew always joked that it would be “in ten years” because he knew it would push my buttons… but I was starting to wonder if he was actually serious about that timeline…
It was Father’s Day weekend and he had told me his parents were coming into Houston to visit and see Andrew’s new apartment. He had also said his brother and sister-in-law were going to fly in from San Francisco to surprise his dad for Father’s Day too! With the whole family there, he thought it would be nice to invite my mom, so she could meet his family for the first time. He had orchestrated the “surprise” for his dad to happen at Hotel Zaza at brunch that Saturday. We woke up that morning, had our usual coffee in bed, played with his bulldog, sang to Sublime while we got ready. It was totally normal.
We Ubered to the Museum District where we were going to meet his brother and sister-in-law outside of the museum “that they had been visiting all morning.” They weren’t outside waiting when we got dropped off, so Andrew “called them” to see where they were – they had “walked ahead to the hotel,” so we started to head that way alone. I wasn’t really paying attention to where we were walking, but it was not in the direction of the hotel. We walked next to a fountain and Andrew looked at me and said: “I am so happy our families are meeting today!” I agreed and tried to keep on walking, he pulled me back and said “Amy, I don’t want to wait 10 years to marry you” and next thing I knew, he was on one knee!
I think my first response was, “is this a joke?!” – He really had me thinking it would be in 10 years! I was so shocked and so happy. The ring was everything I wanted and he had a photographer there to capture the special moment. We then went to Hotel Zaza where we did meet both of our families that I had already expected to be there, along with my cousin and her husband who he had surprised me and fly in from Dallas to be there! We had an amazing brunch with all the people we love the most! It was the perfect day.