Avery and Andrew
How We Met
We met through a mutual friend freshman year of college, but never hung out or spent any time together until the very end of our sophomore year, right before I left to study abroad in South Africa. For our first date, he asked me to his fraternity’s formal. It was an away formal that was supposed to take place at a ski resort about 3 hours away from our college in Washington, DC, and it was an absolute disaster. The buses were late picking us up, old school buses showed up instead of the charter buses, and our specific bus broke down 4 times on the way to the formal; the 3 hour drive turned into a 6 hour one. I was worried that the first date was going to be awkward, but we ended up chatting like we had known each other forever the whole time- on the bus, at the McDonald’s we all took refuge in after the 2nd breakdown, on the side of the highway after our 3rd breakdown… We got to the venue just as the formal was starting, and ended up having a great time even though the trip to the place took forever. After that trip, we figured that we could survive pretty much anything else college threw at us, and we’ve been together ever since.
how they asked
After graduation, Andrew’s job required that he move out to Kansas, so it’s been a long-distance relationship since June. I knew he was supposed to fly back to New Jersey the week before Halloween, but I just figured that he was coming back to see his family and friends for the first time since moving west. I’m a huge holiday person, so he told me that he had planned a very fall-ish and festive date to go apple and pumpkin picking. When we got to the orchard, I thought we were actually picking apples, so I ran ahead and started like climbing trees and making sure we got the best apples. He was trailing slowly behind and eventually caught up to me when we were alone in a row of trees and grabbed my hand as he got down on one knee. I was so surprised that I have no memory of what he said, but all I could say for the 15 minutes afterwards was, “Oh my gosh!” and, “Yes!”