How We Met
Devan and I’s story began the Summer before our junior year of high school. Before the night of July 3rd, 2015, we had only contacted each other a few months prior, sending small talk in the form of direct messages here and there through Twitter. I can remember hearing his name being announced one time while watching a baseball game my freshman year but that was the extent of our relationship early on. On the night of the third, Devan tagged along with a group of his friends to come hang out at the Belle Fourche carnival and ride some rides. Luckily that same night, as fate would have it, I was already on scene, third-wheeling with my best friend and her boyfriend at the time. I was not expecting much of the night. I had been stood up earlier on in the evening and somehow managed to get lost in a small crowd.
As I was making my way to my car, defeated and ready to go home, I heard a voice out of no-where shout “EMILY”! As I turned around, Devan appeared in my sight, standing in the middle of a group of teenage boys. Surprisingly, as nervous as I was during this encounter, I managed to make my way forward and nod my head yes when Dev asked me if I wanted to go on a few rides. That night we spent hours strolling through the tiny amusement park, sharing stories, eating cotton candy, and watching the holiday fireworks. From there we would navigate dating through high school and experiencing each other’s proms, graduations, last sporting events, traveling around the world, going to college across the country, and so on. A couple of years ago, I remember Devan asking me over dinner how I knew he was the one. My reply was, ” I knew on the night we met because earlier that evening I had felt so blue, but after a couple of hours spent with him, he had turned it into one of the happiest memories in my life”.
How They Asked
Let me just start by saying, I HAD NO IDEA Devan was going to get down on one knee when he did. Now looking back at it, there were so many things leading up to it that should have given a big surprise away… 1. Devan’s mom, Jennifer, wanting to “tag along” on our hike to take some photos of us during the walk. 2. My mom asking the week of if I had an idea what my dream dress would be. You know.. “When you two do decide to get married”. 3. Two weeks prior, Jen asking for a rough timeline when I though we’d get engaged, married, have kids, yadda yadda.
Wow, how did I miss all of those dead give-aways. If you know me, I’m pretty gullible and just go along with it anyways. That week Devan casually mentioned he would love to go on a hike with me to check out the waterfalls in the canyon after all the rain we had that month. I love hiking and I knew the trail we were taking wasn’t anything strenuous in nature so it sounded like a pretty easy going afternoon. He said it would also be a good opportunity to get some new photos of the two of us together since we always forget to take pictures when we are together. I went along with it and decided to where a nice dress. That morning Devan and I met Jen up at Rough-lock Falls and it was a beautiful sunny day compared to the weeks of rain we had been used to. As we approached the falls I realized we were at the same place Devan gave me my promise ring a few years before. Along the way we would stop to take goofy pictures and some sweet ones. After about fifteen minutes we were already at the falls and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. But when I did I turned around to see Devan on one knee. “Will you marry me?” came out of his mouth and I think all I said at the moment was “Oh my god, oh my god, OH MY GOD!”. He took that as a yes and from there he got up from the ground and placed my dream ring on my finger. From there we both cried (mostly me) while embracing each other. I was so happy to find out moments later that not only Jen was there to capture the moment, but also Ed and my parents were hiding out on a viewing deck above us watching everything unfold. This is easily one of the best days of my entire life and I haven’t been able to stop grinning every-time I think back to that moment. Devan later told me he originally had a whole monologue in his head that he would woo me with when he proposed but when the time came, the only words that entered his head was “will you marry me” and honestly I wouldn’t have changed a thing.