How We Met
Jason and I had known each other for years before our romance began. He and I had been friends of friends throughout high school and we grew up in the same town.
Jason says he’s been in love with me since I was 16 years old, and has been after my heart for a long time, but the timing was never right. When I was in college, I came back home for the summer because I was cast in Les Miserables at our community theater. Jason happened to be working at the coffee shop across the street from the theater. Every day, I would come in to get a coffee before rehearsals or before a show and I would see Jason and we would chat. I could tell that he was a nervous wreck every time I came in. (Little did I know, he told everyone in his shop that he “was going to marry that girl some day.”) Every day, we would talk, and he always promised he would come see my show soon.
The timing was finally right. Jason decided to surprise me at my show! The next thing I know, I am on stage, and I see this handsome man in the FRONT ROW with flowers in his hands. I was more than nervous, and so excited!
From that moment on, we were pretty much inseparable. The only times we weren’t together were during my show, sleeping, and work. We fell, and fast. We didn’t wait around to say I love you. We knew in those first few weeks that this was something meaningful. When you know, you know. “Time can over complicate, but darling I refuse to wait, there’s no way of planning for the fall.”
Soon after we started dating, I had to go back to Tampa for school. Jason came up with me to help move in my things into my new apartment. I wanted to show Jason my school while we were there. So we went through the most beautiful part, Plant Park. We picked a spot along the water, hung out, and watched the boats pass by. Jason played “I Want to Know Your Plans” by Say Anything for me on the guitar, and then asked me to be his girlfriend. (I mean, how romantic, right!?) And so it was official.
Jason and I then dated long distance for a year. It was really really hard. But luckily, we only lived about three hours apart. It was drivable, but difficult. Every drive was worth it. I knew Jason was the one, I really really did. I knew within the first couple weeks of dating, which is absolutely insane, but true. He absolutely swept me off my feet, and I had never been so in love. Before Jason, I was in a really terrible place in my life. I always call him my light, because he really lit the way for me to become who I am now.
We couldn’t stand to be apart any longer, so we made plans to move in with each other by the end of the year.
Jason made the move up to Tampa to take classes, and so I could finish up school. And so our lives began together. I don’t remember having any kind of terrible living together horror stories. We truly worked well together, our day to day was honestly really great. Of course, things weren’t always happy, but we did life well together. The one thing we always say is that we are a team. We play on each other’s strengths, and we help each other out to make our lives the best as it possibly can be.
Now, I can’t imagine being without him by my side. Jason is the kindest, and most caring person I know. He always thinks of others before himself, and is so so sweet to me. He treats me with love and affection, and everything I could ever hope for. I am so excited to see where this love takes us.
how they asked
Jason and I took a vacation to New York City in December of 2016. Our good friend just moved to the city, and she is a phenomenal photographer. She asked us to do a shoot while we were in the city, and I thought nothing of it. We have done multiple shoots with her in the past, and they’re always so much fun. Jason and I had a couple of romantic and beautiful days in New York, and on Wednesday we met up with our friend, Catherine to take the photos.
We started underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and took some photos throughout the park.
I noticed that Jason was shaking. It was freezing cold, so I thought that maybe he was just extra cold that day. He assured me that he was fine, and we kept going through the photo shoot.
We climbed our way up to the Brooklyn Bridge, and found a spot to pause and take photos. The view was incredible. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge has always been on my bucket list. What a great way to do it!
We kept walking up, trying to find a clearing in the crowd before the sun set. Once we scoped out the perfect spot, Catherine directed us on what poses we should take. “Okay, get close, and now get nose to nose…. and now Jason get down on one knee….”
I looked at Jason like “Yeah right, okay…” (Jason and I had always teased each other and toyed around with the idea of getting engaged, and Catherine always asked us when it would happen, so I thought she was joking!)
Then Jason actually got down on one knee!!! I said, “Seriously?! Right here?!” I started to tear up.
Jason thanked me for always taking care of him, and told me that he loved me so much, and that I truly make him the happiest man in the world. Then he asked, “Do you know what would make me even happier?”
Then he put the ring on my finger and asked me the big question.
And of course I SAID YES!!!!!!
I can’t wait to me Mrs. Blount!