Erika and Brian

How We Met

Brian and I met on New Year’s Eve in Austin, TX at a club. Don’t let the club part fool you though, because it was much more magical than you may imagine in that sort of scene. Two of my girlfriends and I were visiting Austin from out of town to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We started the night out together having fun and dancing, but then my friends both left to dance with some guys they met and I was left standing there for a while on my own. All night I really wanted one of those New Year’s party favor hats that I could wear, but never found one. Well, as I was standing there, I suddenly looked up and a New Year’s Eve top hot was flying in the air and headed my way. It landed directly in my arms and I caught it. The hat was followed by a guy who was coming to get it back from me. He came up with a smile, laughing and said, “My friend just took my hat off my head and threw it. Can I have it back?” I am usually very shy, but was feeling a little flirtatious and said that he couldn’t have it back. He then said, “Well, you want to have a dance-off for it?” I am not one to back down from a dance battle so I agreed. We danced (I won), laughed, and the rest is history. He still has the New Year’ Eve hat to this day.

How They Asked

Brian surprised me in the most wonderful way I could have ever imagined. I am an elementary school counselor in Austin, TX. I came to school on Friday, January 18 like any normal school day and was preparing to present an award to students at our morning assembly, which is something I do every Friday.

I walked up to the front steps of the stage to present the awards and as I was walking away after the presentation, I noticed the curtain that was behind me slowly began to open. I kept walking away, but turned back and saw that it was Brian and now the curtains were fully open with a huge display of gorgeous flowers behind him. Suddenly he started walking towards me to bring me up on stage and at that moment I realized what was happening and immediately began crying tears of absolute joy!

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The crowd was applauding very loudly and everyone was so excited. All of this was unfolding in front of over 800 students (grades PK-5), all of our staff, and many parents who come to the assembly. We went up on stage where Brian got down on one knee and began saying such beautiful things to me. Also, it was then that I noticed my whole family and best friend were peeking out of the curtains behind him.

I was so surprised because they came in from out of state. Then, Brian asked me to marry him and I said, “Of course!” All of the kids and adults were cheering and it was just amazing and such a whirlwind. I was so surprised! He knows how much I care about my students and the work I do, so I absolutely loved that he chose to do that in front of them and was so happy my family was also there. It was truly a dream come true.

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