Emily and Andrew

How We Met

Andrew and I met on a Summer Internship in Austin, Texas. We had come from different colleges, but I had already planned and been accepted to transfer to Texas A&M the next semester, conveniently where Andrew went. We become best friends the summer we worked together, then when I transferred, he remained my best friend and welcomed me into his world at A&M.

How They Asked

Her story: Andrew and I had met while working an internship together, and became best friends that summer. At that time our relationship was completely platonic, but after we went on a ski trip together to Breckenridge, Colorado, we started to realize we had stronger feelings for one another, and that we were falling in love. Andrew finally built up the courage to ask me out and because we were living in different cities at the time, our first 5 dates were in different cities, which we affectionately referred to as our “destination dates”. Andrew planned a 2-day date for me over NYE, disguised as another special occasion. Our date had two parts, and a series of 10 letters, for each stop along the way. I started the morning “running an errand” at the church where we first met, where I got the first letter. It explained that the theme of our date was going to be a walk down memory lane, reliving some of our best times together. I got ready and was brought to the lakehouse we had our first conversation at. Andrew had set it up beautifully with rose petals and candles, and we ate and reminisced there. After dinner at the lake-house, he took me to Mozart’s Coffee in Austin, where we had our first date. He gave me another letter mentioning our destination dates, saying that we should have one more! He then handed me 2 plane tickets to Denver for the next day- 1/1/19. Denver is my favorite city and where my sister lives, so I was ecstatic. Once we arrived in Denver, my brother-in-law and sister picked us up, and we spent the morning in Denver, at some of my favorite places. Then, for the final surprise, we loaded into the car and drove to Breckenridge, where Andrew and I first fell in love! We visited all of our favorite spots, and then, in the -3 Degree weather, Andrew dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him, in Blue River Plaza a beautifully lit area of Breckenridge! It was the most PERFECT day with all the people I love so much!

His story: I spent about 3 months planning the proposal. Being traditional, I wanted most parts of the proposal to be a surprise and to catch Emily off guard. Emily and I had met while working at a church in Austin and became best friends over that summer. At the time our relationship was completely platonic, but after we went on a ski trip together to Breckenridge, Colorado, we started to realize we had stronger feelings for one another than just friendship, and that we were falling in love. Over the next six months, we tried to avoid dating, because we didn’t want to put our incredible friendship at risk. Eventually, I finally had the courage to realize I would regret it forever if I never asked Emily out, so we went on our first date in Austin on July 2nd that summer. Because we were living in different cities at the time, our first 5 dates were in different cities, which we affectionately referred to as our “destination dates”.

While planning the proposal, I wanted to create new memories while reliving old ones. I planned a 2-day date for Emily over New Years, her favorite holiday. Trying to keep her from being suspicious, I often told her that I wouldn’t have a ring by the time of our date and that it would be our last big date for a long time because I was about to start studying for the CPA exams for accounting. For the most part, Emily bought the excuse and was excited for us to go on a nice date.

Emily and Andrew's Engagement in Denver, Colorado

Our date had two parts, and a series of 10 letters, for each stop along the way. With the help of Emily’s family, Emily started the morning “running an errand” at the church where we first met, where she found my first letter waiting for her. It explained to her that the theme of our date was going to be a walk down memory lane, reliving some of our best times together. While Emily was at home getting ready for the date, I was preparing a table at a lake house, with tablecloths, lights, candles, flower arrangements, rose petals, and of course, another letter. The table was where Emily and I had our first conversation and the start of our friendship.

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Denver, Colorado

Proposal Ideas Denver, Colorado

Later the same night after the date at the lake-house, I took Emily to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters in Austin, where we had our first date. Here I gave her another letter, with blanks for her to fill in. It was a quiz over the order and location of our first five dates, which had been our destination dates. Once Emily filled it out, I sent her a text with a picture, which was of 2 plane tickets taking us to Denver the next day (New Years Day). Denver is one of Emily’s favorite cities and where her sister and brother-in-law live, so she was beside herself with excitement! We raced home and packed everything up for our early flight the next morning.

Once we arrived in Denver, her brother-in-law and sister picked us up, and we spent the morning in Denver, at some of Emily’s favorite places. Then, for the final surprise, we loaded into the car and drove to Breckenridge, where Emily and I fell in love! We visited all of our favorite spots, and then, in the freezing cold weather, I dropped to one knee and asked Emily to marry me, in Blue River Plaza (a beautifully lit area of Breckenridge).

I guess the true final surprise was the ring itself! When I took Emily to look at rings, hoping to get an idea for her style preferences, I had her look at rings that were actually about 1/3 of the budget I planned on spending! That was one of my favorite parts – her absolute shock at seeing the ring, and the happiness and love in her eyes and she said yes, and I put the ring on her finger!