Emily and Jake

How We Met

Jake and I met in the Spring of 2016 in our hometown, Erie, PA. Our first date included some beer tasting and pizza for dinner at a local Tap House! The conversation that night was so easy, as we had discovered we had lots of mutual friends, both had just accepted jobs in Ohio and would be moving away from home… oh, and he also loved ranch with his pizza! After leaving each other that night, I thought it was too good to be true. Jake moved to Ohio a few months before me, but it felt like we were inseparable, always driving to each other and finding things to do together! The fact that we were both moving to Ohio for our careers, I think is what really made us hit it off, as neither of us wanted to do a long distance relationship. Jake and I continued to spend more and more time together! We love going to Indians games, jamming to country music, camping, and traveling.

How They Asked

Four words, “Will you marry me?”, one of the easiest responses of my life, “yes”! Jake and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary in June 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. When we first started dating, we were always sending different songs back and forth for each other to listen to. We are lovers of country music and fell in love with the vibe of music city when we visited. Jake knew when it came time to pop the question, he would take me back to the same city that we both loved so much.

It ended up being just about a year later (April 2019), Jake and I conveniently had a trip planned to Nashville with a group of friends to celebrate our friend’s parents 20th wedding anniversary (the trip was supposed to be about them, not us). Little did I know, Jake had talked to everyone before the trip to let him on his plan to propose to me. We arrived in Nashville early on a Thursday morning. Jake knew he couldn’t keep his secret from me any longer and wanted to ask me right away so we could celebrate all weekend. While I was upstairs getting ready for the day, Jake told everyone when I came down to say we were going to go check out the Ryman Auditorium, which is a historic music venue in the heart of downtown Nashville. He got a little nervous when I almost blew the plan because I questioned why we were going to go there first.

Emily and Emily's Engagement in Nashville

We all ended up making our way to downtown, walked around the corner to take some pictures in front of the Ryman, only to hear loud machinery and see a bunch of construction on new buildings being done. My friend, who was in on the plan went across to the street to talk to a cement truck worker parked there to see if she could snap some pictures. A few minutes later, she was told she couldn’t be there and had to come back across the street (again, throwing a curveball in Jake’s plan, as she was going to take pictures of the proposal from over there). Jake then suggested we get a picture in front of the Ryman. I love pictures so it wasn’t out of the ordinary that he had asked to take one. He thought I was going to want to go see the picture taken by my friend and was then going to get down on one knee when I turned to walk away, but instead, I suggested walking up the steps so we could get the sign on the building in the background. As I turned to walk up the steps, Jake quickly pulled the most beautiful ring out of his pocket and asked me those four words every girl dreams of hearing one day. I can’t even put into words all of the emotions I felt at that moment.

Emily's Proposal in Nashville

The cement truck worker, who knew what was going to happen, got out of his truck to come over and congratulate us. We all got a laugh out of what he had to say, “Your marriage is really going to last forever because we’re a cement company and really stick”. The guys working on top of the buildings being built all cheered for us. The entire moment was so surreal, but I couldn’t be more thankful for our friends being there to capture the special moment in our lives. Needless to say, Nashville did and always will hold a special place in our hearts!

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