How We Met
Eric and I met on January 6th, 2014 at the University of Oregon during our senior year of college. What was meant to be a quick dessert date unwittingly turned into hours of effortless conversation closing down our favorite local ice cream parlor, Prince Pucklers.
The entire evening felt so natural and relaxed, almost like we had known each other for years even though we had only just met. Our heart-to-heart talk continued until 2 a.m. that night, and we haven’t stopped talking since!
how they asked
Each year, Eric and I have had the tradition of pinning a banner-sized bucket list to our living room wall of new places to see or try together over the year. Basking in the beauty of Niagara Falls naturally climbed its way to the top of our bucket list this year after we relocated to Northern New York from the west coast. Neither of us had ever been to the falls before, but Eric volunteered to do the research and plan the trip claiming that he had a tournament in the area he wanted to attend and could turn it into a weekend getaway for us. I thought nothing of it, as Eric had been methodically throwing me off my suspicions of getting engaged for over a year. Although we had always planned on getting married one day, Eric was adamant that he wanted the proposal to be a total surprise. He told me he planned to prank me with proposal fake-outs, like arranging a nice dinner date and getting down on one knee during the course of the night but really only needing to tie his shoe. Needless to say, I had been waiting for one of these moronic attempts to occur before he popped the question for real. Thankfully Eric never did try to fake me out or play some kind of mean trick on me… he only said he would, repeatedly, to throw me off his scheming scent.
After 4 years of dating, Eric finally proposed to me on the 18th of August (08) 2018 in Niagara Falls State Park, USA at exactly 18:08:18. He picked this moment, not because it had any historical significance to us, but because he knew this day was going to be one we remembered forever and this proposal deserved its own special moment in time.
Following a day of adventure soaking up memories in the Cave of the Winds and hiking through the natural wonder of America’s oldest state park, Eric and I checked into our hotel where I was instructed to dress nicely for a dinner reservation at a fancy restaurant that had a dress code to get in. While my “spidey senses” were tingling, I convinced myself that this was probably the fake-out he had been threatening to pull off and to not get too excited about anything. Eric told me that one of his co-workers had advised him to watch the falls at sunset because it turns the waterfalls a shade of pink and he really wanted to get a picture of it.
So we hopped back in the car and drove to the grassy hills of Terrapin Point next to the thundering roar of Horseshoe Falls to witness this “pink phenomenon.” I noticed him checking the time a lot as we watched the falls gushing over the edge, but he said he was just timing the sunset. Secretly, he was counting down the seconds left before he got down on his knee at exactly 18:08:18. “Oh over there I see pink!” he said excitedly, pointing off to the left side of the falls. I whipped my head around ready to see it too… but there was nothing to see. (I later found out that the whole pink experience was fiction, so I was never actually going to “see pink”)
Squinting through the low sunlight, I desperately searched to see whatever it was he saw until I heard the lyrics to a familiar song behind me. Eric was singing the words of our song, “All of Me” by John Legend, a cappella. It was so faint that in the contest with the roar of Niagara, I thought I was imagining it… until he called out my name. I felt my heart free fall through my body. A rush of butterflies beat their wings wildly in my stomach when I whirled around to find him, the love of my life, knelt in the grass with a sparkling ring in his hands.
All I could do was smile trying to hold back my tears of joy, so I could focus on every word he was saying before I finally got to hear the question I had been waiting so long to answer. Tourists clapped and cheered from above as the people at the bottom of the hill were too distracted by the falls to notice Eric sliding the ring onto my finger. Next thing I knew, a photographer popped out of the crowd and whisked us away for Eric’s planned engagement photo shoot!
My favorite part about our engagement was after I thought all the surprises were over and we were back in the car heading to our reservation. Eric revealed to me all of his clever plotting leading up to the big moment. He informed me that my whole family had been involved in the planning for months and that he had been sending them live updates of our romantic adventure throughout the day.
When I called my family to pronounce our engagement, everyone was already in the backyard gathered around a big sign that said, “Congratulations Lindsey & Eric” as they popped a bottle of champagne! Even though we were living across the country, I was overwhelmed seeing that he knew how much including them in this day meant not only to me but also to our amazing family back home in Oregon. I am 100% positive I had the most breathtaking view of Niagara Falls that day and I can’t believe this is only the beginning of our “happily ever after” life together.