Ashley and Will
How We Met
Will and I met over the dating app Tinder before our senior year of college. He was working at an internship in Kansas City and I was living in Lawrence for the Summer. When we connected we immediately hit it off and I was so excited to meet him. We talked on the phone for hours into the night and realized we both were from Dallas, TX and had a lot of mutual friends. That same week that Will and I were supposed to meet up he got promoted to Chicago and I thought that was it for us. Will surprised me and pursued me for the rest of the summer. We FaceTimed every night and even though we had never met in person I felt like we had known each other for years after video chatting for three months over the summer. Will and I finally got our chance to meet and it was even more amazing than I expected. Our personalities just clicked so well together and we would stay up late into the night talking and laughing.
At the end of the summer it was time for me to go back to KU and Will back to TCU. One of the things I confided in Will was that I was struggling to finish my meteorology degree because of the engineering courses it required and my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. I was so scared to transfer schools my senior year of college but Will was my backbone and support throughout the process.
I stayed at KU for the Fall and Will and I flew back and forth attending each other’s sorority and fraternity formals. I got accepted to Southern Methodist University for the Spring semester and packed my things and headed back down South. I moved into a house in Dallas where Will and I spent nearly every day there together.
Will only had two classes at TCU on Tuesday and Thursday’s so we would wake up at 5:30 in the morning to get him to his 8 am. Since it was Will’s last semester of college he was actively pursuing a job in Dallas so that we could officially move in together and finally be in the same city. The moment he got the call for his job offer I immediately broke into tears and was so happy that the long drives were coming to an end. The week before Will’s graduation, on Mother’s Day, we found out the most wonderful, life changing news that we were expecting a child.
Being both in our young 20’s it was honestly terrifying because we did not know what the future held for us but we knew we wanted to be together. Will started his job and I continued school at SMU and took my last final 5 days before giving birth to our beautiful baby girl. It was the happiest moment of our lives and it strengthened our relationship more than I could have ever known. She is now 8 months old and such a little daddy’s girl, it makes my heart absolutely burst.
how they asked
At the beginning of the Summer Will and my mom planned a trip to Hawaii for the two of us. We were so excited to spend time together but I missed our daughter the second we got on the plane. We were those parents FaceTiming her at the pool and making silly faces for her every morning and every night before she went to bed!
A couple nights before we were supposed to leave Will had planned a picnic on the beach. He had went to the grocery store while I got ready and had a bottle of champagne, a cheese board and lots of snacks (He clearly knows the way to my heart) When we got to the beach we had popped the champagne and just enjoying being together. We were walking along the shoreline holding hands when I stopped to watch a vow renewal happening right in front of us.
I got lost in the moment of watching this beautiful couple declaring there love for each other again when I turned back around Will had dropped to one knee!!
I immediately started to cry and just remember him asking me if we could be best friends for ever before I started kissing him (I’m not sure I was even able to choke up a yes I was so happy!)
We were already a family, but now we’re officially headed to the chapel!! Right when we got home all we wanted to do was have a movie day with our daughter and golden retriever Jax. We both looked at each other and our two babies and knew this is exactly where we wanted to be.