how we met
The story of how we met is a modern-day tale. Will and I were both on Tinder, but the chances of us matching were very unlikely. We lived about 200 miles apart and both our match radii were set at only 5 miles. I went to school in Bradenton, FL and the semester had just ended. I decided to take a trip to the east coast of Florida to see my family for the break. While driving home I passed through Orlando and something made me open the app. I’m so happy I did because I was right in front of Will’s apartment and we matched. This sparked a month-long conversation, and after weeks of talking we finally agreed to meet for the Fourth of July weekend. Will made the two-hour drive from Orlando to Bradenton and we’ve been together ever since! The sparkler exit on our wedding day will have an extra special meaning to us!
how they asked
The proposal was perfect, beautiful and a complete surprise! I had no idea I would ever be proposed to in Central Park, or that it was going to happen that weekend. We decided to go up to New York for Halloween with some friends to visit and celebrate the holiday. It had rained the entire weekend, but on the last day of our trip the skies cleared up and it was beautiful out. We decided for the last day of our trip we would walk through Central Park with our friends before heading to our favorite soup dumpling place in China Town and later catching our flight back home to Florida. While walking through the park and admiring the beautiful fall leaves, Will suggested we go back to visit a bridge where we had taken a photo the previous year. The picture he was referencing was a picture my brother took of us on our first trip to New York and it became my favorite photo of us. We are just holding hands while walking under the bridge, but it is so sweet and perfect. Will suggests that we take another photo as a “one year later” picture.
Thinking it’s a great idea I hand my phone to our friends to take the picture and never even realized they were about to capture our engagement. As we are walking under the Willowdell Arch and holding hands I think to myself “he’s holding my hand so funny and his nails are sharp.” Will looks at me, smiles and says, “Will you marry me?” Opening his hand holding the most beautiful ring I have ever seen! My heart stopped and all I could do was smile the biggest smile I have ever had in my entire life. Over and over I ask, “seriously?!” It was such an amazing and perfect moment. Our friends all cheered, and it was great having them there to share this special moment. One of the best parts is that we were able to capture a very special “one year later” photo and video. I am so happy that we now have this special spot in Central Park that we can visit for years to come and remember that special day!