How We Met
Yates and I met while I was attending college at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a bit older than I was and had already graduated, but we were in the same friend group. Though we frequently went out together in groups I thought of Yates as a good friend and nothing more. One weekend Yates and I were out with our friend group in Fort Worth; one of his friends asked him what his plans were for the evening and he said: “whatever she is doing, I’m doing.” I thought that was strange but ignored it. Fast forward a few weeks and Yates was still echoing that sentiment — whatever I did, he decided that is what he wanted to do, too. He finally asked me on a dinner date and convinced me we should be more than friends. I told Yates about six months later that I was going to pursue my dream of being a lawyer and attend law school out of state. I was nervous to tell him this but he was so supportive and said, “let’s give it a shot!”
how they asked
Fast forward five years of long-distance and two Bar exams later, on October 20th, 2017 Yates came to my hometown for a typical weekend visit. One of my work colleagues had a happy hour and I told Yates he should join us when he got into town. He joined my work friends and quickly downed several beers and acted so strangely; I thought maybe he was tired from his traveling and didn’t think much of it. Between beers he keep saying we needed to walk our dogs, which we often do before we go out for the evening. We got home after the happy hour and started our trek around my childhood neighborhood. The sun was setting and I was eyeing a new house being built down the street from my childhood home. Yates said, “hey, I’ve been meaning to ask you something,” and I turned around to find him on one knee. I instantly dropped my dog’s leash, she ran off, and I listened to Yates tell me how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me as his partner. There was no photographer and no crowd — just the two of us and our beloved dogs, how we always pictured it. We called our family and, after my dog wandered back to me, we drank champagne at one of my favorite restaurants until it closed.
We will marry in December and live in Fort Worth.