Courtney and Josh

How We Met

Josh and I went to the same high school. Our paths crossed once in high school our junior year and we officially met at a mutual friends end of summer party 1 year later. It was in August 2012, after our high school graduation, and just a few days before we were all leaving for our first year of college. I instantly was attracted to Josh and was interested in getting to know him. Fast forward past our first fall semester of college, Josh had reached out to me on Facebook to catch up 4 months later from when we had met. From there, our relationship was just forming a friendship. We dated for about 2 months in the Summer after the end of our freshman year. We broke up and 4 months later found ourselves back together. December 15th, 2013 marks the real start of our story. We had a long distance relationship for 4 years, both going to separate colleges and even post graduation we lived in separate states for one year. In 2018, we were both in the same state and our relationship grew in leaps and bounds. One year after that, in 2019, we took the giant step of moving in together and a few short weeks later he asked me to marry him.

How They Asked

Prior to moving into our apartment in May 2019, we decided to plan a trip for Memorial Day weekend back in February 2019. We were going to Charleston, South Carolina. We moved into our new apartment 3 weeks prior to this trip. We, of course, talked about our future but I was not expecting anything to happen 3 weeks after this big move in together. We had spent our first day in Charleston exploring the town. There were engagements, bachelorette parties, families all around us. I found myself bringing up lots of conversation about our future as Josh kept quiet on many of the topics, I did not think much of it. The next day we had scheduled a sunset sailboat cruise around the Charleston Harbour. The cruise was BYOB so we had a cooler with our drinks in it. When we got on the boat Josh had placed the cooler inside the boat, which was surprising to me as every other couple was holding their cooler.

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Unbeknownst to me, the engagement ring was inside the cooler, so Josh was trying to keep the cooler as far away from me as possible. I was relentless and finally got him to bring the cooler to us. We opened our drinks and started the cruise. We had asked someone on the cruise to take a picture of us sitting down. I was unhappy with the picture and Josh was encouraging to take another one standing up. I did not suspect anything of this as he always is supportive of me getting the picture I want.

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So before I would ask the person to take yet another picture of Josh and me, I asked Josh to stand up and “pose” for the picture to make sure I liked the setup. He was a little frazzled by this request. He was attempting to put his drink down as I insisted on him holding it in the picture. He reluctantly held his drink as I took the picture of him. I later found out the ring was in his hand and he was trying to keep me from seeing it! I was happy with the picture set up as the sun was setting at the perfect moment.

Courtney's Proposal in Charleston, South Carolina

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I asked the same person to take a picture of Josh and I. As we made our way to the picture spot, Josh handed his drink to another person sitting on the cruise. I thought in my head “why is he not holding his drink?” But I let it go and started to pose for the picture. Within a split second, Josh had taken a step back from me and was on one knee. At that moment the world slowed down, as my boyfriend of 5 1/2 years kneeled before me asking me to spend the rest of my life with him.

I was so stunned at the moment I could not wrap my mind around what was happening. He said, “Courtney Erika Magnusson, I love you so much and want to spend the rest of my life with you, Will you marry me?” I don’t even remember saying yes, all I can remember is the muffled sound of people on the boat cheering as I embraced my Fiancé. It was the best moment of my life.