How We Met
Alec and I first met our junior year in high school during the first semester when Alec was on the high school soccer team and I was a team manager but somehow we never ended up talking. Then during our second semester of junior year in high school we chemistry class together and everyone could tell we had chemistry between us too. Throughout high school I also did competitive gymnastics so I had a pretty busy schedule and never had time for much other than school and gymnastics, let alone a boyfriend. After a couple of weeks, I finally got up the courage to “slide into his DM’s” on twitter and he finally gave me his number. (Sometimes boys need a little push!) Once we started texting it wasn’t long until we starting going on dates to dinner and the movies. On May 17, 2013 Alec and I had another date planned. We had been going out for about 3 weeks now and nothing was official yet. I remember telling my friends that if he didn’t ask me to be is girlfriend that night that I was going to start moving on. So that night I drove to his house to meet his parents for the first time. After meeting them we left to go pick up Pizza Hut and watch a movie at his house.
Once the movie was over he walked me out to my car and said how much he enjoyed spending time with me. As we were hugging goodbye he finally asked me to be his girlfriend and I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear. Before I got in my car he gave me the sweetest first kiss ever and I remember thinking how much I already really like him. As the year went on we continued dating throughout our senior year of high school. We were both still very busy with our sports but tried to spend as much time as we could together. The summer after our senior year was tough because before we started dating we had both already decided what college we were going to. I was going to the University of Denver where I had a full ride gymnastics scholarship and Alec was going to the University of Arkansas. We knew that long distance was going to be hard but we felt like our relationship was more than worth it. Throughout our freshman year we only saw each other 4 times but tried our best to make each visit count. There were many ups and downs but we just kept putting our faith in God and his plan for us.
During my gymnastics season I had gotten injured and decided to retire from the sport I had done my whole life. I then made the decision to transfer home and attend the University of North Texas. Once I moved to school there we were able to visit each other more regularly and enjoyed the trips, formals, date parties, and functions. The drive was long but after frequent visits we could both do the 5-hour drive in our sleep. My sorority and his fraternity kept us busy and gave us many amazing friends at our schools which also made the distance easier. Starting in the fall we will both be entering our senior year in college and couldn’t be more excited to finally be done with long distance and back in the same city again. I will be graduating with my bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Alec will be graduating with his bachelor’s degree in business marketing. After we both walk across the stage at graduation in May 2018 we plan to focus on work before getting hitched right away. We set the date for March 9, 2019 and can’t wait to keep wedding planning until the big day!! Marrying my high school sweetheart will be the best decision I have ever made and I am counting down the days until we say I do!
how they asked
As my family and friends all know I am a BIG planner and after dating Alec for over 4 years you could say I was more than ready to be engaged. Since we both move back home over the summer I had a strong feeling he was going to be asking me then. So on Friday, July 14 2017 Alec told me to get all dressed up because he was picking me up for date night. He drove us to downtown Dallas and we ate at a very nice Italian restaurant. Afterwards we went to a rooftop bar to relax and enjoy the view. As we began to leave he told me we had one more place to stop that was significant to us. He then pulled into our high school parking lot and had us get out. As we leaned against his car reminiscing on old memories and our first year of dating he got down on one knee. I immediately began crying to then realize he was just scratching his knee and faking a proposal. After that night I thought he was going to keep “fake proposing” to throw me off because he had scheduled many fancy dates in the upcoming weekends.
Then on 7.15.17 Alec again took me to downtown Dallas to eat at the Capital Grille. Since he had already fake proposed the night before I didn’t really think much of this dinner date. After an amazing dinner he walked me to the back of the restaurant where we excited into this beautiful courtyard. As we were walking up to where he was going to ask he quickly stopped me and started telling me how happy he was and how amazing these past 4 years have been together. Since he had just done the same thing the night before I quickly brushed it off and didn’t think he was going to propose again. As he was talking to me some stranger came up to us and asked if Alec was about to propose. Quickly Alec turned red and said no very sharply and guided us to start walking away.
The man then continued to talk saying how he was a therapist and how he could sense that Alec was about to propose. I could tell Alec was flustered but I just thought it was because of that odd encounter until I saw this breathtaking foundation where there were rose petals on the ground and pictures of us on the sides. The tears immediately began flowing and it didn’t take long for him to get down on one knee and pop the question!
Everything was such a blur and all my dreams were coming true so quickly that I even forgot to say yes! Our families and friends then came out from hiding to congratulate us and take pictures.
As we were taking pictures these sweet strangers sent out a bottle of champagne to congratulate us on our big day. Afterwards both of our families went out to a bar in downtown Dallas to celebrate the best day of our lives and the joining of two families as one.