Hannah and Sam
How We Met
Hannah and I met in the 7th grade. I knew from the first time I saw her that she was someone I wanted to be with. I tried and tried for many years with no luck. I have vivid memories of us walking down the hallways together in middle school where she was quick look down so she would’t have to talk to me. First day of classes freshman year of high school all I was hoping for was that she’d be in ONE class. I was out of luck until the last hour of the day. I walk into English class and see her sitting in the front row. I let out a big “YES!” while she let’s out a big groan at the same time. Over the course of the year she slowly started talking to me more, but still kept me very much at arms length.
On May 8, 2009 (sophomores) she finally allowed me to ask her to be my girlfriend, and we haven’t looked back since. We both played sports at a high level so that meant schools started to recruit us. Just as the fairy-tale had begun it looked as though it might be coming to an unfortunate end. Long distance is hard enough, but especially hard as a young person trying to figure out life for the first time in college. She went to Kent State University to pole vault and play field hockey. I went to Wake Forest University to play soccer. There was a 6 hour drive between us, but we were determined to make it work. Somehow I just knew she was going to be mine forever. Even in the toughest of times, it’s like the failure of the early days in my pursuit of her helped me believe we could make it.
how they asked
We did indeed make it through college in 3.5 years each and were engaged within about 8 months. I wanted the proposal to be a bug surprise so I set it up all without her knowing. She was in Florida working real estate, and I was at home in St. Louis working on the barn she would walk into with her family and mine for about a month. After the stage was set I just had to get her to come out. She came out thinking she was picking up her brother from a barn that him and his friend were playing in.
As she walked into the barn she was immediately met with a path that led to a door saying the words “see you soon.” The path was lined with photos from sophomore year of high school all the way up to the present day.
As she opened the door I was standing there inside a heart made of rose petals and that’s where I asked her to be mine forever.
Out back our friends and family waited for us to walk out, newly engaged. Friends from all over the country flew in to surprise her on what was then the best day ever.
We went back to her house for an engagement party that she unknowingly set up all by herself. We tied the knot a few months later and haven’t looked back since!!