How We Met
October 29, 2017. I met Ezequiel at a church in Knoxville, TN – soon after we both started going there. Eze, as his friends call him, saw me across the room playing ping-pong, and being a tennis coach and player himself, he didn’t shy away from taking on the winner of the match. I took on the hottie next – white v-neck tee and blue jeans, I was a little distracted, to say the least.
He had no mercy on me, occasionally yelling, “Vale!” with a fist-pump (we’re not competitive, or anything!) Even though it wasn’t exactly an easy match for me (he won 21-15), what was an easy match was me + Eze. We hit it off with our tennis connection and he asked me out to dinner and to play tennis the same week. This time, as doubles partners, and we haven’t been apart since.
how they asked
June 23, 2018. Ezequiel sent me on an epic scavenger hunt and promised a surprise at the end (bling, bling!). Let me start with the morning of the best-day-ever before the excitement was even supposed to begin! I’m walking in the park with a new friend, Colleen, and we pass by a group of trees that are the perfect place to hang a hammock, so I show her this cool spot. Ezequiel and I had been here quite a few times before and think it’s so beautiful. As we get near the trees, we see a note tucked into one of the tree’s branches. “I think that’s a love note!” says Colleen. I look closer and mentally start freaking out because that note in that Ziploc bag looks a lot like it was made for me. I inch closer. That’s Eze’s handwriting! Pacing with my mind going 100 mph, Is today the day? No, it can’t be, can it?! I hope it is! WHAT!!! Maybe it’s a small surprise, no. It’s definitely a big surprise. At this point, I have serious self-control, you guys, as I leave the note *without* opening it. I know I wasn’t meant to accidentally stumble across this note yet, so I continue with my day.
After the walk, I met Ezequiel to play tennis at noon. Did I mention we like tennis? I acted completely normal, another act of self-control, people, and after we finished playing tennis, Ezequiel called me on the way home to tell me to look under my welcome mat once I got there. It’s confirmed. That note was for me, and today is going to be the best-day-ever. The first clue under the mat told me to call my parents, who gave me a couple of clues, including, get ready and wear the dress on the back of your door. What dress?! To my bring-on-the-tears surprise, three gorgeous dresses were hanging up for me (thanks to Ezequiel and all three Dilliard’s associates).
After getting ready, the following clues sent me to the church where we met, on a hike through the park in heels (to get that note I found earlier), to Panera where we ate on our first date and a lot of places in between. The last clue pointed me to the place where, “We first knew we made a great team,” brought to you by Cheesy Eze – the racquet club where he works. Blindfolded, he took me through the club to the second story above the courts. He told me to open my eyes, where I saw, “Will you marry me?” spelled out in tennis balls. He dropped to one knee (and I mean dropped, I think he was ready) and asked if he could serve me the rest of my life. Pardon the tennis pun, not intended. After tears and yes 100% I’ll marry you and pictures and joy and this-is-so-crazy moments, we left the club and went to my apartment to FaceTime our parents.
Before we headed back though, I asked Ezequiel to get me Taco Bell on the way to the apartment as I pumped gas (I had literally been all over town at this point and needed to refuel). When we showed up at my apartment, and he was without the food, I hangrily asked, “WHERE IS MY CHICKEN QUESADILLA?!?!” Quickly, I realized the surprise wasn’t over! My family, his sister, and his friends were there to celebrate inside! The celebrating went on until night with food, laughter, more pictures, and fun. Then ended the best-day-ever.