How We Met
I met Andrew at a football game in 8th grade, and we started chatting on AIM (my screen name was lovedogs91), which quickly developed into a huge crush on both sides. He burned me a CD with Goldfinger, and I burned him a CD with Phantom of the Opera. Then, he invited me to go to youth group with him. I said no, because I was painfully shy around boys I liked. So, that’s where it ends. For now.
Had I not been too shy to really talk to Andrew in 8th grade, we probably would have dated in high school and broken up. Instead, I dated someone else who we will call “LD”. LD ended up being my first love and my first heartbreak (this is important later). Andrew and I wouldn’t connect again for another 8+ years. Minus the occasional Facebook wall post like the below, haha.
The heartbreak with LD in 2010 is crucial to my timeline, because those years in college when I was single, alone, and dealing with mental health issues were probably some of the MOST creative years of my life. I wrote so many songs and poems and got lost in my yoga practice. This is when I began diving deep into my wellness journey and started blogging.
The idea of creating my own wellness blog began almost a year after guest writing for YZL and other sites. I was living in NYC and worked in fashion, but I was engulfed in the wellness world outside of work. It was on September 26, 2013 when I received my annual happy birthday note from Andrew. But, things played out differently. This time, I decided to message him and pop the question….
That, my friends is where it all began.
How They Asked
Andrew and I flew to Denver to spend Thanksgiving with my Uncle and cousins. After a few days with the fam, we headed to our friends Josh and Taylor’s place, where we spent the rest of our time. We ate lots of food, hiked in Boulder, drank matcha, and had a blast soaking up quality time with our close friends.
On our last full day in Colorado (Sunday, November 25th), we decided to make the two-hour drive to Estes Park for one final hike. It had snowed the day before, so we imagined the drive would be worth it, seeing postcard-like views of snow covered mountains. Classic Colorado. Little did I know, Josh and Taylor were all in on this proposal Andrew had planned even before we arrived in Denver. Sneaky, sneaky.
I’m not going to lie, I had my suspicions about Andrew proposing on this trip, but then I quickly let that go.
Andrew was so lax about his suitcase being open, because the ring was never there – it was never even in Austin. He had it shipped straight to Josh and Taylor’s in Colorado once it was finished being made. Probably for the best, haha! Also, side note: I’m THE WORST at being surprised. I ask a lot of questions. I’m super skeptical. I’m a good guesser. So, I already had a strong feeling he was going to propose before the end of this year based on a few things he’d said in the past. I just didn’t know exactly when or how. As it should be, haha.
This was the one moment in my life I begged my type A and overly analytical tendencies to lay low and not accidentally connect the dots. I swear, I have the best intentions, but sometimes my Sherlock brain won’t shut off.
Alright, so it’s Sunday. We made it to Estes Park in the early AM all bundled up and ready to hike. We hiked the Loch Lake Trail via the Glacier Gorge Trail with plans to also see Mills Lake. The trail was covered in snow, which made it a very challenging uphill hike but super exhilarating nonetheless! We all slipped and fell a few times, so by the time we made it up there, we were all prettttty damp. Oh, and did I mention it was 17 degrees? Haha!
Apparently Andrew planned to propose at either Loch Lake or Mills Lake, which are both beautiful viewpoints (when there’s not a blizzard). But once we made it to Loch Lake, we quite literally were blowing away in the wind and all you could see was white. The lake was frozen and there was so much snow and wind we had to turn back.
We decided to hike a couple more miles up to Mills Lake. At this point, Andrew wasn’t sure if he was going to propose. He couldn’t feel his fingers, toes, etc. (none of us could at this point).
When we arrived at Mills Lake, we caught our breath and ate some turkey jerky. This was our last stop before heading back down the mountain. I had ZERO thoughts of Andrew proposing. All I could think about was the promise of a warm matcha latte after the hike.
Despite being frozen, we all agreed to snap a photo before leaving. Figured if we hiked that far we might as well document it!
Andrew snapped a photo of Josh and Taylor first. Then, Andrew and I got together for our shot.
We look like cute lil earthworms. Bonus points if you can spot Andrew’s frozen snotcicles in his mustache! We smiled for the photo, and then Andrew told me to turn around, so we could get a shot of us looking out at the mountains.
This is when my spidey senses started tingling. I heard Andrew saying “alright, alright, alright,” like he was pumping himself up for something. Then the next thing I know, he’s down on one knee with the most beautiful sparkly ring. He said some really sweet things that I honestly cannot recall, because I basically blacked out with excitement. The rest is all a blur.
There you have it! We got engaged in the most Andrew & Jules kind of way, and we’re so grateful to Josh and Taylor for capturing the moment. They even brought champagne in their backpack to celebrate, but we all agreed we were way too cold. We basically ran down the mountain to get back to warmth. I called my parents as soon as we got back to the car (they were obviously thrilled!), and then we ended the evening with some much-needed warm and cozy Indian food.