How We Met
See, those who have known Pat and me throughout our lives know that this engagement has been a long time coming. A little background for you guys-My dad and his mom and our families have known each other since they were little kids; spent many years at the swimming pool, church events, high school dances/parties and have many stories and memories that have probably been buried for good reason. It was inevitable that Pat and I would become close throughout our childhood years as both our families settled in Shreveport, LA for the long haul. Patrick and I attended the same elementary, middle school, high school, and college. GEAUX TIGERS. Little did I know that the 3rd-grade boy I was dared to kiss on the sideline at football practice would become my future husband. I was his first kiss and he will be my last.
How They Asked
On October 15, 2020, I became the future Mrs. Hernandez. I had no idea that what began as an early morning hike to Taggert Lake in Teton National Park would turn into the biggest and best day of our lives. As we finished the 1.5-mile hike down to our destination I stepped down to the water’s edge to admire the stunning view. I suddenly felt Patrick tap on my shoulder and turned around to find him on one knee with the most sincere and prideful smile I have ever seen on his face. The nerves and anticipation were palpable in his voice as he quickly spits out those magic words “will you marry me.” I wish I could say I answered quickly, held out my left hand, and allowed him to put this stunning ring on my finger… but that was not the case. My knees buckled and it was all I could do to say “are you serious” as my face melted into my hands. When I finally gathered the strength to look him in the face and accept his proposal, I knew that God had had these plans for Patrick and me all along.