Kayla and Sebastian

How We Met

My fiancé and I met in the most memorable way possible….online. All jokes aside, the story about how we met might not be the most romantic, but the story afterward more than makes up for it. When Teddy asked me out on a date, I’d be the first one to tell you that I was not looking for a committed relationship. About 4 months prior, I had gotten out of a bad relationship. Honestly, boys were the LAST thing on my mind. My best friend, who’s name is also Kayla, quite literally begged me to go on a date with Ted. We gushed over how sweet he was, not in the nauseating way mind you, but Kayla thought that we would make a great match! After some serious convincing, I agreed to go out on a date with my now fiancé.

Engagement Proposal Ideas in Actually in our apartment!

Let me tell you, I haven’t looked back since. Teddy’s real name is Sebastian and he used his Italian roots to sweep me off my feet from day one. Our first date wasn’t the conventional first date. Ted was a student at Clemson University where he stayed in a condo with his three roommates. From conversations after, Ted told me that he knew I was special so he knew this date had to be memorable. He made all of his roommates leave their condo so that we could truly have a romantic evening alone together. He had never really cooked before in his life (I found out later), but Ted decided he was going to cook a homemade meal for me. He frantically called his mom for ideas and decided on homemade Chicken Alfredo.

Where to Propose in Actually in our apartment!

When I arrived, Teddy met me at my car, and I will never forget that look he had on his face. The first words he uttered were, “You’re beautiful.” His eyes honestly said it all, I had never been looked at that way. It was the quintessential “love at first sight” type of look. His condo had a porch off of the kitchen and he led me outside where he had a table sett with his Chicken Alfredo, a mixed salad, and a lovely bottle of red wine. I was in awe. When we talked, it was like talking with an old friend. There has never been an awkward moment between us. When our date ended, I couldn’t wait for the next. I knew from that point on, that Ted was the man that I was going to marry.

Kayla and Sebastian's Engagement in Actually in our apartment!

How They Asked

Teddy and I had been together for four years when he proposed. We had a ton of good things going for us. Ted had just graduated from Clemson, and he was immediately offered a position with a great company in Charleston, SC. Living in the low-country has been a dream and here is where we got our first apartment together. A little backstory for you, I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, a detail Ted has always known. Little did I know, he was going to take this knowledge and incorporate that into his proposal. Guys, maybe if I would have known, I wouldn’t have RUINED the proposal. Yes y’all, I ruined my own proposal. Naturally, when we started our life in Charleston, I hoped the next big step would be for us to get married. Like most girls, I daydreamed about how my then-boyfriend would propose.

One day I was reading an article about nerdy proposals, a few of them being Harry Potter related. I read about using the sixth book in the series and hollowing out space in the book. The location would be under the chapter entitled “The Unbreakable Vow”. Here is where the ring would be placed and the proposal would begin. Apparently Teddy had been looking up the same kinds of things in order to get an idea of how he wanted to propose. One day we were shopping in Target and I casually brought it up, giving those hints that we ladies like to give when we want something. I told Teddy all about the article and how cute I thought the proposal was.

I will tell you this, Ted played off this newfound knowledge very well! When we got home, I sat down in our living room, where Ted knelt down on one knee in front of me. He took my hands and let me know that he had planned to propose the same way as described in the article, but now that the cat was out of the bag, he could move forward with his proposal. He let me know how much he loved me and brought up stories about how he knew I was the one. After the stories had ended, with tears in both of our eyes, he pulled out the ring. He designed a ring with Reeds Jewelers that was absolutely perfect for me. I love vintage jewelry and it was definitely designed with that in mind. Even though I ruined our proposal, I’m thankful for the simplicity and comfort of his proposal in our own home. It encapsulated everything about our relationship and it makes me more than excited to start life with my best friend!

Special Thanks

Franzi Annika
Photographer