How We Met
Nick and I met seven years ago at Purdue University our freshman year. Nick was in a fraternity and roomed with John, a long-time high school friend of mine. I was in a sorority, and we had scheduled a party with his house for the new members to meet. To preface, please know the event was 80’s themed. I have documented pictures, but I’ll spare the visuals. I remember walking upstairs to where the everyone was at, and remembered seeing a cute boy in a white Celtic’s jersey with a white headband. Let’s not forget to mention the super short shorts he was wearing–which weren’t much better than my electric blue leggings that helped complete my outfit. Thanks to my high school friend, we were introduced that night. We got to know each other over time and continued our friendship throughout our years at Purdue. We liked each other throughout college, but timing was never right. It wasn’t until we graduated Purdue University that he asked me to go to a wedding with him. Six months after that, he asked me out on an official date an we have been together ever since!
how they asked
In January, Nick had mentioned that we really needed to get our parents together to meet over dinner. We had been together nearly 2 years at this point and they had only met once, very briefly, a year prior. Getting the plans set, Nick told me that “Devour Downtown” was taking place over the next few weeks and it would be great timing (Devour highlights Indy restaurants with special menus for promotion purposes). Nick and I moved forward with plans for a nice dinner downtown.
We ate at Harry & Izzy’s and enjoyed a delicious meal. During dinner, Nick had mentioned that his older brother, sister-in-law, and his nephews were downtown for an event. Little did I know that they would play a special part in the proposal! As we left dinner on our way back to the parking garage, I said, “Nick, are we going the right way?” Immediately, he had us turn to go the other direction. He lightly joked that he was glad I mentioned something because we were definitely going the wrong way. He later told me that he was so focused on what he was going to say to me, that he forgot where he was going! We started walking towards Monument Circle which is located at the heart of the city. I noticed our parents were very quiet following behind us, and couldn’t help but think “They got along so well over dinner, hopefully everything is okay”. Little did I know they were “in the know” for what was about to happen.
As we made our way in front of monument circle, Nick said, “Look! Isn’t that Nate?” I had no clue what he was talking about because I didn’t see his brother anywhere. We kept walking closer and he said it again. He had me follow him to cross the street and sure enough, there was his brother, sister-in-law and nephews by a carriage ride. When I got closer I realized his nephews were holding a sign. It said, “Will you marry our Uncle?”
Shocked, I looked back at Nick, and there he was– on one knee. I cried, said yes, and stood there frozen for a few minutes. I still get butterflies thinking about it! Kudos to him for planning such a special event and catching me off guard! It was incredibly memorable and I was thankful our families were there to enjoy the moment with us.