How We Met
As many love stories begin these days, it started with a match on a dating app in August 2018. Brandon and I knew each other through work but had never really talked. I would like to say our conversation went well and led to a first date, but that wasn’t the case. After a few texts back-and-forth, the conversation fizzled out.
In October 2018, I joined a board that puts on a community music festival every Summer. Brandon had been on the same board for a few years. I remember thinking he was a total babe but knew he was older than me and probably wasn’t interested after that failed dating app conversation. I even sent him a Facebook message with some artist suggestions just for an excuse to talk to him.
Fast forward to the night of the board Christmas party, I was determined to make an impression. I sat down beside him and tried to start a conversation and……..nothing. I left after a couple of hours feeling pretty bummed. Five minutes later, I got a Facebook message from Brandon asking me if I had a good time at the party. The flirtation began and we haven’t looked back since.
How They Asked
Brandon and I bought our first house together in August 2020. We spent the first couple of months settling in and making it our own. My best friend, Logan, is a professional photographer. One night while we were hanging out, she casually asked if she could come over the next weekend to take some photos of the two of us as a housewarming gift. I thought it was a wonderful idea so we planned on the following Sunday afternoon.
That Sunday morning, Brandon and I met my mom for brunch. Afterward, my mom suggested the two of us go shopping while Brandon ran some “errands.” I agreed as long as we were back at the house in time for the photoshoot.
At around 1:45 PM we headed back to the house. My mom mentioned she had forgotten something inside the last time she visited so she needed to run in and get it.
When we pulled up to the house, Logan and Brandon were already in the front yard waiting for me. Mom headed inside and Logan suggested we take a couple of “test shots” to make sure the lighting was right. I noticed Brandon fiddling with his shirt and asked him if he was okay. He assured me he was fine and we took a couple of test shots.
After a minute or so I hear a rustling noise behind me and turn around to both of our families walking towards us. They had been inside the entire time! I smiled and said something like, “Oh, that’s sweet,” completely unaware of why they were there. I turned around and saw Brandon on his knee. He was so nervous that he immediately blurted out, “Will you marry me?” I, of course, answered, “YES!” It was such a thoughtful and beautiful way to propose. We are planning our wedding for this October! I can’t wait to marry the man of my dreams.