how we met
We first crossed paths when we were young and wild but our connection was intense and electrifying. I met Michael in August 2010 after swinging by his house to pick up a friend who had gone on a date with his roommate. At the time Michael was a 17-year-old high school senior and I had just started my freshman year of nursing school. In this bustling time of my life, a relationship was the last thing on my mind so my immediate attraction to his dirty blonde hair, soft blue eyes, and contagious laugh caught me off guard. I have to admit, I was disheartened to find out that he was in a long-term relationship at the time. As the weeks and months passed by, Michael and I grew to become close friends and it was evident that we were meant to have a strong presence in each other’s lives. Over the next four years, he and I created an unbreakable bond. Despite the fact that we dated other people, we were always there for one another. He has been my best friend since the day we met, fighting for me, supporting me, motivating and inspiring me. On July 6, 2014 our relationship evolved in a sentence, “Bethany, just know that you could have me if you wanted me. I’ve always been right here.” In that moment my heart began to race and the butterflies took hold. I couldn’t wait to pursue this opportunity and watch our story unfold. He raised my chin to make our eyes meet and said “I’ve always loved you baby girl..” That moment changed my life forever and the best was still yet to come.
how they asked
Over several months leading up to the big proposal, Michael asked every member of our immediate families as well as our best friends permission for my hand in marriage – all were overjoyed at the news! He told everyone of his plans to propose during a “fake” photo shoot set up by my close friends Tom Hikaru Lim, Caleb Awalt Collins, and Madeline Cobbler.
On April 17, 2016, we showed up to Tom’s studio for what I thought was a “Kisses of Love” charity competition event. As we sat down to begin our couples shoot, the lights in the studio suddenly began to flicker on and off. I could tell the photography staff members were becoming frustrated claiming there was some sort of mechanical failure with the lighting – all a hoax. When the lights finally did come back on, Michael was down on one knee with a velvet ring box in hand – “will you marry me?”
“YES!” I said, “Yes I’ll marry you!” I looked up as if I needed verification that I wasn’t dreaming.
At that moment my parents, best friends, and Michael’s family walked out from a black curtain at the front of the studio applauding our engagement and crying with congratulations. I laughed, I cried, I held my family close, and I held Michael closer. My every dream had come true.
When we finally left the studio, Michael asked “well how do you like your ring?” I told him “I actually haven’t even had the chance to look at it yet.” I was so overcome with pure joy that I didn’t even care what the ring looked like at the time – that just goes to speak on how much I truly love him. I’ve since spent hours gazing at the breath taking Neil Lane halo ring Michael picked perfectly and thinking of the love it symbolizes. What a sweet, sweet life it is..