Chelsea and Sam

How We Met

About seven years ago, Sam spotted me from a distance taking pictures of my sister for prom. Sam happened to be in the same group, but he had his date on his arm and was too shy to say hi. He tracked me down on Facebook and slid into my DMs on May 15, 2011. We exchanged numbers, but I was too busy chasing other boys at the time. We went off to college and went our separate ways for a few years. In May of 2016, I texted him about my upcoming summer internship that he had done the previous year. We have mutual family friends so I saw him a few days later at a party and we hugged awkwardly. A month later we were working in the same department and started going to happy hours together after work. The feelings started to flow and after a few months, Sam was officially dating the intern on August 19, 2016.

how they asked

Back in September, Sam’s brother had the idea to plan a trip to Nashville, TN for New Year’s Eve. We had a group of six that were on board right away, so we booked an Airbnb and that was that. To my understanding, the idea to propose came about the week before Thanksgiving. Over the course of the next month, Sam’s sister and her boyfriend decided to join, as well as another cousin of mine. I suspected nothing of it! We left Friday evening, December 29, and stayed in Cincinnati that night to break up the drive. The following day, December 30, is Sam’s sister’s birthday. She had the idea to go to Arrington Vineyards first thing as soon as we got to Nashville, since we couldn’t check in to our Airbnb until 3 P.M. I thought it was a wonderful idea since Sam and I had visited the winery on our first trip to Nashville over a year ago and absolutely loved it.

Proposal Ideas Arrington Vineyards, Nashville, TN

We arrived, and on our way to the main lodge where the wine tastings are, a woman with a camera asked to take a group picture for the winery’s website. Someone then asked if she would take couple pictures as well. Sam and I were the last couple to take our picture, and as I went to walk away he grabbed my arm saying, “Hey, look at me.” I saw him reach for his pocket and that’s when I realized what was happening. My legs were shaking and my jaw dropped. He got down on one knee and from here I can’t remember all of the details, but I said “Really??” then “YES!”

Chelsea's Proposal in Arrington Vineyards, Nashville, TN

I then asked if my family knew about it. Just then, I saw a line of 4 cars driving up the lane honking their horns with people hanging out of the windows; our whole entire families were here in Nashville with us.

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Arrington Vineyards, Nashville, TN

I was the happiest girl in the world and was still in shock over the whole entire thing. We took a few more pictures and celebrated with delicious wine. We decided to go to Broadway to continue the celebration. I wanted to stop at our Airbnb first to put a cute outfit and make-up on. The group texted us saying that they were at “The Stage” on the 3rd floor. We arrived and as we were walking up the stairs I said to my fiancé, “no more surprises, right?” He replied, “no more surprises.” As we walked in, everyone screamed “SURPRISE!” and I immediately saw four of my best friends and four of Sam’s best friends. There was not a single thing that could have made the day better, and now we were able to ring in 2018 in our favorite city with all of the people closest to our hearts.

Special Thanks

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