Elizabeth Kaley and Andrew
How We Met
Andrew and I actually went to high school together but didn’t know each other until about 3 months before graduation. For a while, I knew him as the super-smart, super goofy guy in my history class. He was someone I almost immediately opened up to and felt safe around, something that didn’t come so naturally to me after a bad relationship I had been in previously. He was so easy going that I loved spending time with him and for a while, we would go to parties and other events just as friends. At this point I don’t think either of us realized we might have had feelings for each other, I just knew he was someone I felt comfortable being myself with. Prom season came around, which at my school was a big deal because only seniors got to go.
I knew I wanted Andrew to ask me because I knew we could just have a good time and not make a huge deal out of it, but I didn’t know if maybe he wanted to ask someone he thought of as more than a friend. Well, I had friends that were scheming and set up a time for a couple of us to hang out and “go kayaking”. We got to the lake and Andrew pulled the sign out of his trunk and I was so surprised! A week after he asked me to prom, he asked me on our first date and 4 years later here we are!
How They Asked
It was our 4-year anniversary, but it was a Tuesday and both of us were still in school and working at the time, so I really didn’t think we’d do anything big until the weekend. Little did I know he had been meeting with our Bible Study leader for weeks planning the perfect proposal. Andrew showed up to my apartment with flowers and told me he was taking me to a pizza place, but he had a lot to work on, so we’d have to do something bigger later. I really didn’t feel like anything was out of the ordinary until he mapped us to the pizza place and it was 45 minutes away. My heart started to race because what pizza place could be that far out of Austin? Surely he’d be acting a lot more nervous if this was it? I tried to calm down and tell myself he would never propose at a restaurant, so this definitely wasn’t the moment, but then he turned off his map. For Andrew, this was my tell-tale sign that something was off because he never turns off his map until he’s at his destination. He turned off the highway and before long I saw the “Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center” sign. I tried not to ask the ten thousand questions running through my head and instead just take everything in.
We pulled up and at this point, I think we both knew that this huge moment was about to happen. He was leading me through the pathways acting lost until we dead-ended into a field of wildflowers. He turned to me and shot me a smile as he got down on one knee, and the rest is honestly a blur.
Of course, of course, I said yes and tried to choke back ugly tears as soon as I realized he had hired a photographer to capture the moment! Our sweet photographer did such a great job letting us enjoy the moment while still posing us and getting shots we’ll always cherish. Andrew ended up surprising me again when he revealed he had been planning this for weeks and everyone in our Bible Study knew and were waiting for us to celebrate together! It was all SO perfect because the Center usually closes at 5 but was open late on Tuesdays which just happened to be the day our anniversary fell on and it was also supposed to be raining the whole day but never did. The Wildflower Center was such a sweet place to get engaged at because he’s always called me his wildflower and one of our first dates in Austin was at The Wildflower Center. Andrew also insisted I wear my purple dress instead of my red one because he knew I’d match the flowers in purple, so he really thought of everything! We’ve been engaged for almost 5 months now and we couldn’t be happier!