How We Met
Indi’s version: Our love story began with a serendipitous brunch at First Watch on a warm morning in the early Summer of 2018. I was in Omaha visiting my college friend, Hannah Evon when I met her friend high school friend Dan at brunch; He was sweaty, wearing mismatched clothes and covered in plaster dust– he was remodeling his kitchen. Dan says he knew that I was the one within five minutes but I wasn’t so sure. After brunch, I fly back to Memphis only to find that Dan had slid into my DMs. We began chatting and haven’t stopped since.
Despite the distance, our love flourished through time and hardships: we FaceTimed every day and traveled often to see each other in Memphis, Omaha, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. For nine months Dan and I dated long-distance before I moved to Omaha in April of 2019. Six months later to the date when Dan went down to Memphis to help me pack and move to Omaha, he asked me to be his wife.
Dan’s version: I was in the middle of remodeling my kitchen when I saw that Hannah was in town. I remember sitting down at brunch with Hannah, Andrew, and her friend Indi thinking “Why didn’t she tell me she was bringing her gorgeous friend… I would have washed the plaster dust off of my clothes…”. I was love-struck the moment I saw Indi. She, on the other hand, took some convincing. After growing closer and dating long distance, I told her that if she ever moved to Omaha that she’d have a ring on her finger in six months. Six months to the day, I asked her to be my wife. I’m still icing my shoulder after reaching this far out of my league.
How They Asked
The week leading up to the engagement I noticed that Dan wasn’t his normal self: he was tossing in bed a lot, he seemed a bit distant, and he was cleaning around the house– very bizarre I tell you! The Friday night before the proposal, Dan told me we were going to meet his mom and her friend who was flying in from Phoenix to The Joslyn Art Museum. Little did I know that his mom’s friend was just a decoy to throw off the tracks!
Then on October 5th, 2019, Dan decided to change my life forever by asking me to be his wife. What I thought would be a casual, fun visit to one of my favorite places in Omaha, would turn into my most cherished moment of 2019. In front of the magnificent Chihuly piece at The Joslyn Art Museum, Dan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes, of course! It was a moment of great joy and surprise, but Dan wasn’t done with surprises. He had hired a photographer to hide in the background and capture the moment of magic. After the proposal, we headed home to pick up our pup Dali Prancer and head out to the lake to share the good news with his parents. Little did I know that a third wonderful surprise was waiting for me there.
En route to the lake, I called my mom multiple times to share the great news, but she never answered any of my calls. I remember sitting next to Dan saying “why does she have a phone if she isn’t going to answer? THIS is the one time I NEED her to answer.” To be quite frank I was bummed that I had shared the good news with almost everyone but my mom.
Upon arrival at the lake house, I found out why my mom wasn’t answering me. Dan had flown in both of my parents and my sister from Memphis to Omaha so that they could celebrate with us on our engagement day. The unexpected moment is truly the sweetest. Dan made me the happiest gal in all the land that Dan. He not only gave me the greatest joy by asking me to be his wife, filling me with glee, but he took it one step further and brought our parents into the celebration. It was absolute bliss- like something out of a fairy tale. It’s the dream that never has to end.