How We Met
Jake and I met in high school. We both played soccer and I admit I had the biggest crush on Jake freshman year, but he didn’t know who I was. Flash forward to senior year, we still had never had a class together but somehow started talking and bonding over our mutual love for the beach. I skipped school one day to hang out at Strands Beach and convinced him to come, hang out with me. We talked for hours, got insanely sunburned, and finished that first date eating chips and salsa at Baja Fish Tacos.
We started dating April of senior year of high school. He would be off to Cal State Fullerton (which turned into Point Loma Nazarene University) in the fall while I’d be at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. We ended up doing 3.5 years of long distance dating (I graduated in December of 2018) and even though it was hard at times, we made the most of it and had an absolute blast.
How They Asked
It all started with the trip we planned to go on with his family. We were in Vancouver for a day and then set sail for 7 days, stopping in various Alaskan cities (Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan). It was absolutely beautiful, and we spent days exploring the ship when we were at sea, and hiking, horseback riding, zip lining and hanging out with dogs and pups that are trained to do the Iditarod Sled Dog Race when we were stopped in the ports.
On our last night at sea before we stopped in the last port of the trip, we had planned to do a big dinner at the nice restaurant on board the ship called “Palo”. We had a big party (I think there were 12 of us in total) and we spent almost 3 hours at dinner! Jake was super quiet during the dinner and I remember asking him if he felt okay, which he replied: “I’m fine, just had a lot of wine”. After dinner we decided to walk outside on the top deck to look at the view, it was almost 9:00 pm and the sun was starting to set. The sky was this beautiful orange peach color and the water this stunning bright blue. Jake asked if I would take a picture with him, to which I replied, “No it’s cold” (which, if you know me, you know I never say no to a picture). But I turned and walked toward him and that’s when he grabbed me into a hug and started talking to me. I remember being so shocked and whispering back “wait, are you doing it right now?!” to which he dropped to his knee, pulled out the ring, and asked me if I would spend the rest of my life with him. It was the easiest question I’ve ever answered: YES!
Everyone was in on it! His whole family knew, my family back home knew, and all of our closest friends knew! I am a hard person to get things by, I pick up on everything and Jake knew he had to cover his tracks if he wanted it to truly be a surprise. He deleted texts, emails, even phone logs on the off chance I would see something. He left work early one day to go to my house while I was at work to talk to my parents so I wouldn’t know! He ended up getting the perfect ring without me knowing a thing. His mom was in charge of holding the ring and she bought a backpack with all these zippers and compartments specifically for keeping the ring safe and undetectable during this trip!
Jake said he didn’t know exactly when he was going to propose, so he brought the ring to multiple locations and activities in case he felt it was the right time. He texted his mom “bring the ring and don’t respond to this message” when we were getting ready to leave for the dinner at Palo, then deleted the message, giving her literally 10 minutes notice. So during dinner, Shannon had the ring in her backpack, and they had to figure out a way to get it to Jake without me knowing and without saying anything. Right before dessert, Jake got up to go to the bathroom hoping Shannon would follow him, and she did! They exchanged the ring and Jake sat through dessert with the ring box in his back pocket, hoping I wouldn’t notice. I didn’t notice a thing, as I was busy eating my chocolate soufflé. I couldn’t be happier with the ring. It’s absolutely perfect.