Kelsey and Austin

Kelsey and Austin's Engagement in The Escape OKC

How We Met

Austin and I met my first month of college at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Austin was a sophomore at the time, and we both were majoring in biology. I thought that he was the most attractive man that I had ever seen, and I really hoped that I would have a chance to get to know him. We met through our school’s service club for health professionals. I was late to the initial meeting and the only empty seat happened to be next to Austin. After the club meeting that same evening, I ran into Austin on my way to the library to study and he stopped me! He asked me if I’d like to study with him and that it would help him prepare to take to MCAT (which I later learned was just an excuse to get to know me). We began studying together and quickly fell for each other. I knew right away this guy was special, and that I’d marry him someday. I remember texting my sister right after we had met and told her about this amazing guy that I just met… The lovely kelcyleighphotography took these couple’s photos.

Engagement Proposal Ideas in The Escape OKC

how they asked

Family has always been a super important part of both mine and Austin’s lives. Austin was very close with his grandparents, so when his grandma passed away in late August it was a really difficult time. We were sad that they would not be able to be at our future wedding someday, but I later found out that he was able to visit her and show her the engagement ring and tell her about his plans to propose to me before she passed away. It means the world to me that she was able to be a part of the proposal. Austin has inherited his grandfather’s Ford Model T, and has been working on fixing it up to be our getaway car at the wedding to feel like we have his grandparents with us.

Here’s how they asked: A group of our friends and us went to The Escape OKC. I was excited to try and get out of the room within the hour. I had zero idea a proposal was coming. We go through the motions and find ourselves in the last room inside of the game. I was really into it this time, and I unlocked the giant cage and went straight for the locked safe on the floor. (It never hit me why no one in our group was even trying to open the safe…). Someone tossed me the key to open the safe. I open it and there’s a sauce packet from Taco Bell that says “Marry me!”. (About two years ago, Austin jokingly asked if I’d be happy if he proposed at Taco Bell, and I just laughed at him).

It all happened so fast, I still didn’t realize what was going on. I picked up the sauce packet and said “it says marry me.” I turned back and Austin was on one knee holding the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen and asked me if I would marry him. I couldn’t even find the words to say because I had just become the happiest person on earth. The man of my dreams had asked ME to be his WIFE. After the initial shock and I stopped crying, I said “YES!”. We made it out of the escape room with time to spare, too!!

Special Thanks

Sean Smalling
 | Photographer
Zach Howell
 | Photographer
The Escape OKC
 | Planning
Blue Nile
 | Ring