How we met: Jay and I met in June 2009 at Lake Oconee and have been inseparable ever since. The lake is such a special place to us that we will be tying the knot there next year!
how they asked: First, everything was a total surprise. I have no idea how everyone was able to keep such a big secret! I always knew we would get engaged, I just didn’t know when.
Jay text me Monday, April 14th at noon asking if I wanted to go to the Atlanta Hawks game that night at 7:30. As season ticket holders, we go to these games often, so I didn’t think anything of it. I responded “We can do that. I love Hawks games!” Little did I know I was REALLY going to love this one.
I got home from work and started getting ready since we needed to leave early. Traffic is slightly unpredictable in Atlanta… I throw on jeans, a top and a pair of white chucks Jay gave me. I casually posted a pic of them on Instagram not knowing what was about to happen…
We arrive at Philips Arena around 7:00. 30 minutes before tip off, so I grab a slice of pizza and a plastic glass of their finest chardonnay. Not suspecting anything! This was our usual routine.
Let me tell you all. I’m obsessed with Kiss Cam at these games. Ob. Sessed. I always joked with Jay about wanting to be on and even the day of the proposal, I text him “How do we feel about kiss cam tonight?” His response: “Honestly? Not good. You?” Me: “-_-”
We’re sitting. Chatting. Watching the game. And at the end of the first quarter… KISS CAM. We’re watching, laughing, loving it. Next thing I know… WE’RE ON! I look to Jay for a kiss and he DROPS TO ONE KNEE. Pulls out the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen in my life, and asks me to marry him. I nod yes and begin sobbing.
Jay and I walk up to the main level to cheers and high fives.
The entire stadium totally erupted. So surreal.
I regain my composure and Jay suggests we go up to Red (a restaurant in Philips Arena) and grab a drink. I, of course, am ITCHING to call friends and family. We walk in and I see some familiar faces… my parents, Jay’s dad & step-mom, my friends Maggie, Mary, Kati and ANNIE who was in town over the weekend for her sweet nephews 1st birthday and extended her stay to be with us. I’m sobbing again. They watched everything happen and that means SO much to me. Jay pulled everything off so perfectly. So. Perfect. We laughed, we cried and of course, had celebratory champagne.