How We Met
We met when we were in both high schools at the part-time job that we both worked at in high school and through college. We developed a really close friendship over the years to the point where everyone knew we were going to end up together before we knew ourselves. It took us about 5 years of friendship to begin to date, and once we did we both knew this was it for us. Even though we both have since moved on from this job, the store will always hold a special place in our hearts.
How They Asked
Tim had been messing with my head for months about getting engaged. I knew it was coming, so he was always trying to throw me off. He was having so much fun playing mind games with me in the last few months, going as far as tying his shoe at a place we had one of our first dates. Since I knew it was coming, I tried my hardest not to think about it but that seemed impossible. In my head, I assumed when and where he was going to propose. Although I never said it out loud, Tim must have realized that I was onto his plan so he decided the only way he was going to actually surprise me was to do it spur of the moment.
So on Saturday 9/26, we were doing things around the house, a completely normal Saturday. We even went to the store we met earlier in the day, so looking back it was really perfect that we started our day with the place we met. That evening we ended up watching Scream 4 because I told him how much I loved watching this movie series with my cousins growing up. Clearly, this was not the day he was going to propose and it was the farthest thing from my mind. About halfway through the movie, he paused it and asked if I wanted to “go get engaged”. Obviously, I would not believe him, it was after midnight at this point and who would ask that question. I laughed it off but he was adamant that I go change into a “cute fall outfit”. He even checked my nails. In my head, I really thought he was messing with me still. Props to him for telling me to change and for checking my nails, but I don’t know what he would have done if my nails weren’t done. I went upstairs to change, and the whole time I was thinking that I was not going to my favorite outfit on tonight because he was just messing with me. He stayed downstairs for a while, little did I know, but he was actually looking up a place to go this late at night.
At this point, I still assumed we were getting ice cream and he was still just messing with me. We took our dog with us and it was after midnight so I really did not expect this to be true. We drove for a while until we ended up at the Naperville Riverwalk. This place was special to us, but again I still thought he was messing with me to throw me off for when it would actually be happening.
When we got out of the car, Tim began walking really fast. That should have been a sign for me to realize that he was nervous, but honestly, I really did not think it was happening. I even commented on how fast he was walking and later he admitted it was because he was nervous. We ended up at the bridge, which was beautiful. It had lights so it was not dark and because it was so late there was no one around. He gave me our dog’s leash and asked if I could hold her because he had something to do. At this point, I started to get nervous, I turned around and he was on one knee. At that moment I saw that he had a ring in his hand and then it hit me. I was really nervous, which makes no sense, but that is just how I am so I’m not surprised. I began talking and saying things like “Tim, I’m really nervous, this is not happening right now, I can’t do this right now” Looking back, I feel so bad that I said things that made Tim more nervous. There was no way I was going to say no, I was just so nervous because this was the moment that we had been waiting for and joking about for so long. As I was rambling, he stopped me and said “You need to stop talking right now, it’s my turn” and then Tim said some beautiful things and asked me to marry him.
We did not have anyone with us to take pictures, but that’s ok because this spur of the moment proposal was the most perfect and fitting thing for us as a couple. We can always go back and take engagement photos on that bridge at a later time. Honestly, if there was someone there taking pictures, it would have made me even more nervous so I think it was absolutely perfect that it was just the two of us. It could not have been any more perfect. When we told our families what happened, they laughed so much and I think the fact that it makes so many people laugh is just perfect for us. It turns out that he had the ring for months and just could not wait anymore to propose and truly anything he would have planned I would have most likely figured it out.
I’m so excited that after so many years of friendship and dating, I get to say I’m marrying my best friend, I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.