Casey and Henry
How We Met
Henry and I met when we were beginning our adventure to Texas for college at Texas Christian University. Henry is originally from Los Angeles, California and I am from Las Vegas, Nevada. We were just friends our freshman year of college, but the more we spent time together the more we realized how perfect we were for each other. On April 4th, 2013, Henry had me go on a scavenger hunt that led to him officially asking me to be his girlfriend. The summer between our sophomore and junior year of college, Henry and I signed up for a Study Abroad program with TCU. We had completed three out of the five weeks of our trip when we decided to take a weekend trip to Interlaken, Switzerland. While we were there, Henry and I decided to rent a Vespa (a scooter) to check out some stunning waterfalls. On our way back from the waterfalls, a driver was not paying attention to the road and hit Henry and I.
I suffered a compound fracture of my right leg, fractured my right elbow, broke my pelvic bone and two vertebrae in my back. Henry tore his rotator cuff, had cuts and glass in his right arm from the broken mirrors on the Vespa, broke his pelvic bone, and a muscle tore off from his hip that he had to have sown back in immediately when we arrived at the hospital. My injuries were so severe that I had to be flown to another city, Bern, by myself to go into emergency surgery. I had an 85% chance that my leg would have to be amputated.
I had no contact with Henry or my family when I got to the other hospital and I have never been more terrified in my life. After Henry received some treatment, he knew he had to find me. He had a cop car drive him to Bern and he was there when I woke up from my first surgery. I had to have another surgery to reconstruct my leg a few days later and to repair my right elbow. I spent three weeks in the hospital in Switzerland until they allowed me to make the trip home. Henry and I had only been dating six months at this point, and it was a true test of our relationship. We knew that no matter what happened between us, that this event would bond us for life.
How They Asked
Fast forward five years to September 28th, 2018, my little sister asked me to go to a sorority event with her that evening at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas for a philanthropy event. She told me to make sure to look nice since we would be taking group photos with all the sorority girls. I picked up my sister that evening and drove to the Botanical Gardens. After parking, we started walking down a winding path when I suddenly saw a glass jar with crystals in it that had a sign with my name on it. I stopped walking and stood still, confused with what was happening. My little sister pushed me to keep walking and I saw Henry in the distance on a bridge. At this point, I realized what was happening and starting bawling!
As I continued down the path, there were more jars with crystals in them that had signs with words on them such as “Caring” and “Loving.” When I got to Henry, he was standing on a bridge surrounded by glass jars filled with water and floating rose petals on top. He grabbed my hands and explained that the signs with all the words on them were his favorite things about me.
Before I knew it, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him. He had a friend taking photos of the whole event! After, he told me that he wanted to celebrate at a wine bar where I was then surprised by both of our families! We all celebrated with champagne and when we left to stop by our house before dinner (or so I thought we were going to dinner) I was surprised by all of their friends for an engagement party! Henry made me feel so special and loved on this wonderful day, it was easily one of the best days of my life!