How We Met
We met while at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. After chatting online for a few days, Austin picked Anthony up in his car and drove down the street to the nearest Sonic Drive-In for our first date on August 23, 2014. Anthony had a strawberry limeade slush and Austin had ocean water, and we shared an order of tater tots. We sat in Austin’s car and talked for a couple of hours, though it could have been days it was so great. After Austin ordered the second round of tater tots, we knew it was love at first bite. We actually consider this date our anniversary since we have been dating ever since then, and no one officially asked the other. We’ve had many more tater tots since then.
Anthony – At first I thought Austin was a little quiet but he opened up pretty quickly and we hit it off. We spent several hours talking and I didn’t want the night to come to an end because I knew it would mean going our separate ways. When we first starting dating I couldn’t believe how fast things between us were moving but it all felt very right.
Austin – We had spent a couple of days chatting over the phone before we met, so I knew Anthony was outgoing and easy to talk to. He loves his friends and family and was very involved with things at Texas A&M. From the beginning I admired his drive and excitement for life. We both felt like we had known each other for years in just a matter of weeks, and truly fell into Love without even noticing.
How They Asked
Austin and I went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to celebrate our 6 year anniversary.
I (Anthony) flew out a friend and one of my favorite photographers (IG: @sarah.stip) to meet us in Cabo. I had planned a surprise for our anniversary night and rented a private sailboat for the two of us. Our photographer hid under the cabin of the boat for about 45 minutes waiting for the big moment. At sunset, as we approached “Lover’s Arch” I got down on one knee and Austin said yes! After we ate sushi on board, had an unlimited open bar and as we sailed enjoying the sunset, I explained to Austin a little more about his ring. As a surprise to Austin, I designed his engagement ring myself (thank you David Garner’s Jeweler’s in College Station, Texas). The design is a simple two-tone milgrain, gold, and white gold band, with three inlaid diamonds. Since faith is very important to both of us, I wanted that to be incorporated in the ring. Two of the diamonds signify me and Austin and the third represents God being at the center of our lives and our future together. The moment I told Austin the significance of the diamonds on his ring, he absolutely lost it.
Two days after I proposed, Austin had his own surprise planned. We woke up at 5:30 AM for what he called “a sunrise surprise.” As we drove to our destination, he announced what we were doing: “We’re going to watch the sunrise on a secluded beach. Since we just got engaged and I know how much you love photos – I booked a photographer for our first engagement photoshoot (IG: @celestus_studio).” I was thrilled!! We arrived and he had the cutest picnic table set up with some breakfast pastries, coffee, and orange juice. We started the shoot and Austin seemed calm and collected and played along with the photographer and her ideas. I had no idea, and about 15 minutes into the photo session, and just as the sun peaked out, he got down on one knee on this secluded beach and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was the easiest yes I ever had to say!
We both left Texas for our “Annual Anniversary Vacation” clueless that the other was going to propose and both came back with rings on our fingers. I think it’s safe to say this will be one of the most memorable vacations ever!!