Betsy and Jonathan
How We Met
Jonathan and I have known each other since we were thirteen, where we had art together in 8th grade (something I like to tease Jonathan for, since he doesn’t remember that!) But we really didn’t “meet” until the following year as freshmen in high school. We’ve been friends a long time!
how they asked
Jonathan and I are die-hard Gator football fans, so he knew I really wanted to go back for a game in the fall because I missed the atmosphere of our college stadium so badly. We decided together on a trip to go to the LSU game with a couple of my best friends from college. The plan was that they were going to come up from Miami to Jacksonville, which is where we met and went to high school together, so that we could go out to catch up and have some friend time alone before the next day. Since the drive was far, I was going to grab drinks with a close family friend before they got there to let Jonathan have some alone time with his family. Little did I know that was all part of the proposal plan! When Lisa came to pick me up, I thought we were just on our way to a restaurant, but she instead unexpectedly pulled over off the side of the road and handed me an envelope. It was in Jonathan’s handwriting, and simply said “Clue 1”.
From there it’s all a blur because I was blubbering like an idiot, but he sent me on a scavenger hunt to places that were significant to our relationship. At each clue destination, he surprised me further by having his family there from Georgia, my family from the Tampa area, and three of my best friends, including the two who were supposed to be meeting me later that evening, waiting with envelopes that all led me to the beach where he first told me he loved me. It was perfect weather at the perfect time (sunset) with the perfect company, and seeing him standing there smiling was all just so surreal. He bent down on one knee in the sand, and asked me by far the easiest question I’ve ever been asked in my life. He had planned this elaborate proposal months in advance with the help of all of our friends and family to keep it a complete surprise for me, and made it even better with a pre-planned reservation at one of my favorite restaurants with all my favorite people there to celebrate with us. Literally the perfect day, I sometimes think that even our wedding day won’t top it!!