Irene and Jessica
How We Met
I remember swiping right on Jess’ OKCupid profile. She stood out to me. I don’t know if it was the glasses or the unapologetic smile but something about her picture caught my eye. It felt like icing on top of the cake when I read her bio and saw that she was studying for her veterinarian degree in a town just 15 minutes from where I lived. I wasn’t sure if anything would come of it but I had no inhibitions about letting this girl know that I was interested. It was just my luck when I got the notification that she’d also swiped right on me! Fate! I immediately messaged her – a thirsty move I know, but I didn’t care. “Apparently, we like each other”, I wrote her. Eleven days went by with no response. Eleven days! She finally messaged me back and realized all the wonderfulness she’d been missing out on those past eleven days. It was on from there. Our first date suddenly turned into 4 and a half years and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How They Asked
The love of my life asked me to marry her at our Friendsgiving dinner this year! During a fun game of charades, one of our friends was acting out her clue to her team. After a few wrong guesses, I finally hear her team member shout “Are you proposing to me?!” Next thing I know, Jess is running over to me and dropping to her knee. I immediately stop breathing and stare at her in awe. I knew that this was the moment that I’d been waiting for since I fell in love with her 4 years prior. Of course, I said yes! It was a perfect proposal. The next morning Jess and I looked at some of the photos and videos our friends had taken during the proposal. Being the analytical person that she is, Jess told me that she wasn’t super happy about how she fumbled on her words during the proposal and that it was because she was very nervous proposing in front of people.
We’d discussed the idea of public proposals before and she was completely against it so I definitely wasn’t expecting it. When I asked her why she’d decided to do it that way she revealed to be that she’d planned to do it privately during our mini vacation that we’d be leaving on the next day but my friend convinced her that that may be too obvious and not enough of a surprise. (I had an inkling of an idea that it would happen there because Jess had planned this trip with no help from me and I knew nothing about where we were going or what we were doing). The next day we arrive at the cutest treehouse in the Georgia mountains – our home for the next 2 days. That night we had a beautiful dinner and after returning to the treehouse I walk into candles and champagne. I turn to Jess and she starts playing our favorite song on her phone. We dance (and cry) and Jess gets down on her knee and PROPOSES AGAIN! This time saying exactly what she wanted and doing it exactly how she’d imagined! There was no shortage of tears on my part! It was beautiful and now I can say that the love of my life asked me to marry her twice!