Emily and Aaron

How We Met

How we met has been a debated topic in our relationship since the beginning. If you ask Aaron, he’ll tell you that we first met four years ago at a friend’s wedding. If you ask me, we did not meet until Easter weekend of 2016.

I was headed back to Columbus, Ohio to spend Easter with my best friend (Brit) and her family. I was in town Thursday-Sunday evening and was so excited to see Brit, since it had been about two years since the last visit. Friday evening she took me out around the Short North area for some food and drinks. Brit casually mentioned that she invited Aaron to come join us. My response, “Who is that?” After Brit spent ten minutes explaining to me who Aaron was and how I had met him at least two times before, he finally showed up.

When Aaron arrived, Brit reintroduced us and I remember thinking, “this is a guy I definitely would have remembered meeting before.” After the first couple minutes of Aaron giving me the cold shoulder, he finally started acting like a normal human and we realized that we had a lot in common. The next night Brit took me to hang out with all of her friends again and yes, Aaron was there as well. I remember talking to Aaron majority of the night and thinking what a great guy he seemed to be! The next day I left to go back to Atlanta and over the course of a month we kept in touch.

After a month of texting and random FaceTimes, I was headed to Kentucky to see some friends and family. Around this time, Aaron and I had been casually talking about when we would see each other again. Since Kentucky was a halfway point for both of us, I told him if he wanted to see me soon I’d be in Lexington for the weekend. Well what do you know he drove three hours, spent the weekend in Kentucky and after day one I was positive he was worth the distance. We spent the next year dating long distance before I made the move to Ohio, and the rest is truly history!

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Earlier in the week Aaron’s sister texted me asking if I wanted some blog pictures taken that Saturday. I run a lifestyle blog (www.vinointhevillage.com) so we’re always talking about when we can meet up for photo shoots. It was all so casual the last thing on my mind was a proposal. I told her I had book club that morning but would be free around 12:30 that afternoon. After nailing down the plans, I quickly ordered some clothes for the shoot and thought nothing more.

Saturday morning (November 18th) came around and Aaron woke up SUPER early, like 7am early. If anyone knows him, then they know that is crazy out of character. He usually sleeps in until around 9am or 10am on the weekends. What was even crazier was that he had woken up at 7am to clean the house. When I asked him why he was cleaning at dawn on a Saturday, he reminded me that he was going to go watch soccer with the guys and just wanted to get the house clean since we’d both be gone majority of the day. Once again, totally normal and typical since they all always watch soccer together.

Aaron cooked us breakfast and made coffee, while I tried my best to get moving. The funniest part about the whole day when I look back, is how calm Aaron was. I was casually changing my plans for the day left and right and somehow he kept it together. The clothes I had ordered never showed up Friday…. So I texted Aaron’s sister telling her that the pieces I wanted to shoot didn’t arrive and we should probably just reschedule. All of this was happening while one of my best friends was flying in from Atlanta! It now makes sense why Aaron kept walking in and out of whichever room I was in all morning. He was busy telling his sister how to respond to me and trying to keep his cool.

Aaron’s sister texted back that she really needed to get some pictures for her portfolio and asked if we could still meet. Since I’m a sucker for pictures and her, I agreed. My friend Megan picked me up around 10:30am and off to book club we went. Throughout the morning I kind of noticed that she kept checking her phone, but I didn’t think much of it. Her friend said around noon that her parents were in town and she needed us to head back home. Which worked perfect since I needed to meet up with Aaron’s sister. While we were driving back I was in my own little world, scrolling through Instagram and telling Megan she needed to make sure my nails were done whenever Aaron planned to propose.

About ten minutes later we pulled up to Schiller park and Megan said, “Here you go Emily.” Confused I responded, “What? I don’t live here!” Megan responded with, “Oh aren’t you taking pictures here? I think I see Aaron’s sister over there.” Truly confused I looked at Megan and said, “Megan, you’ve never met Aaron’s sister before.” After arguing with her for about 3 minutes she finally said, “Get out!!” So I did as I was told and got out of the car. In complete confusion I walked over to Aaron’s sister and said, “What is going on?” She casually said, “What do you mean? We’re taking pictures, go stand over on that bridge before we lose all the good lighting.”

For a brief moment I thought, maybe IT’S happening today. I’ve had that thought so many times though that I pushed it out of my head and tried to act normal. After posing on the bridge for a couple of minutes, I asked them if we could move to a different spot. They told me that the lighting was amazing right now and they just needed a few more shots. A few seconds later I heard foot steps behind me. I kept still and figured it was a runner that would go around.

They told me to start slowly turning to the side. Next thing I know, out of the corner of my eye there’s Aaron down on one knee smiling!!

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I went into complete shock for the next twenty minutes. Aaron asked me those four words, “Will You Marry Me” and I immediately said, “YES! Are you serious?!” I’m pretty sure I asked him ten times if he was serious. I couldn’t believe that this amazing person had asked me to spend my life with him!

Y’all I’ve never been so giddy in my whole life!

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After realizing that Aaron was serious and what was happening I looked behind to see Bri (who was supposed to be in Atlanta) holding up two phones. My parents were on one as they were driving to Maryland for Thanksgiving. And my sister Sarah was on the other from Iceland! I’ve never laughed and smiled so much in my life before, it was two straight hours of child like excitement.

After the engagement we went back to the house, popped some champagne and called our loved ones to tell them the great news! Later that night we celebrated with all of our friends at Bar 23 (where we first met) and it was truly perfect. We both woke up the next day feeling crazy loved by everyone who celebrated with us and those who were not able to as well.

I really wish I had the words to describe how truly thankful and blessed I feel to marry Aaron. Looking back on the past year and a half I know God had His hand in it all. I might have not known then that our “random” second meeting would lead to a lifetime together, but I do know I’m so excited to do life with this amazing human.

Special Thanks

Christie Leigh
 | Photographer
Bri Pyburn
 | Planning
Meaghan Parsons
 | Planning
Blue Nile
 | Ring