Avery and Colin
How We Met
Colin and I met when we were 15 as Freshman in high school. My brother Brock was actually the one to introduce us after they became friends through football. We officially started dating on September 2, 2010, and we’ve been celebrating that day for 9 years now!
We were inseparable in high school (not much has changed) He was a football player and I was the crazy girlfriend in the stands every Friday night with a homemade sign or personalized shirt. High school was a blast with him by my side. Once we were in college it didn’t take long for us to decide to move in together. And what do you do when you and your significant other move-in together? You buy a dog! And then you buy a second dog! We were officially a family of four living in a 500 square foot studio apartment, broke, and trying to survive college. And those are the years I will never forget! Eventually, we moved into a bigger house, graduated, and started making enough money to get a Costco membership. We were living the dream!
We have faced struggles and loss, but having him as my rock got me through it all. We have shared over 9 years of love, growth, and accomplishments. Having Colin by my side through all walks of life has been nothing short of amazing. He has a heart of gold and has loved me so well for so long. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world to get to marry the man of my dreams.
Colin, thank you for giving me the most beautiful story to tell. I can’t wait to be your wife!
How They Asked
Now that I know what I didn’t know months ago, I’ll start from the beginning.
If you know me at all, then you know how long I’ve been dying to get engaged and you also know how nosey I am. With all of that being said, Colin was able to successfully pull off the proposal without me knowing a thing! This was a big deal because I am truly the worst at ruining surprises (I just get SO excited!) So with the help of my parents and a few of my closest friends, Colin pulled off the ultimate proposal.
For weeks I had plans to meet up with my friends for lunch, pedicures, and shopping. This is a typical get together for us, so I truly thought nothing of it. We spent the entire day running around town. I didn’t have a clue that only a few hours later I was going to be engaged to the man of my dreams.
Once I got home that afternoon I was pleasantly surprised to open the door to a clean house and kitchen (this is my love language people). Then I noticed that all of my nice (really, really nice) candles were lit throughout the house. At this point all I can think about is all of my expensive candles burning at one time. So what does any lunatic candle hoarder do? I start blowing out all of the candles and go find the perpetrator (who is a Fire Fighter by the way) So far I have ruined Colin’s romantic ambiance and now I’m about to ruin the location of his proposal.
I head for our bedroom and find Colin tying something around our dog CJ’s neck. Once I read and then reread the words on the bandana I kept asking him, “Is this really happening?!” We were standing in the middle of our hallway when Colin got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. After that, I’m pretty sure I blacked out and didn’t resume consciousness until I was staring at the most beautiful ring on my finger.
Not only was the ring the most breathtaking piece of jewelry I’ve ever seen, but the jeweler who Colin worked with also designed my mom’s wedding ring. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect ring. You did good Colin, real good.
We spent the remainder of the night celebrating with our closest family and friends. Everything about Colin’s proposal was perfect, even the parts that I somewhat ruined. I will never, ever forget this day.