how we met
I love telling this story because it truly reminds me that all that’s meant to be happens at the exact time it’s supposed to, no sooner, no later. Nick and I went to the same elementary school, he was two years ahead of me. We never met. Our families lived down the street from each other. We never met. Then we all moved, and somehow ended up still 4 minutes away from each other’s houses. The one day, January 26, 2014, I went to a friend’s birthday party at a casual campus bar, and when Nick walked in, I asked my friend “who is that guy?” clearly seeing something in him that intrigued me. Turns out, he was part of our mutual friend’s friend group tat he knew from another elementary and high school. For 4 years I went to my friend’s birthday parties and Nick was there all along but we never met because that group kept to themselves and my group from high school did our own thing. The funny thing is that neither of us were going to go that night but ended up there together. We chatted about school (I was in my last semester of 4th year) and his work, we ended up exchanging phone numbers and after a week of back and forth and I finally told him “I had fun, let’s hang out again” and he asked me to go dancing and the rest is history.
how they asked
I never thought he’d actually be able to surprise me. We did talk about it a lot especially in the last 2 years and knew it would come to this. The only thing I had said was that I didn’t want it to be in a very public place or with lots of people watching, I wanted it to be a quiet moment between us. I also said it would be great on a trip since we were not living together and this way would already have lots of alone time built in to take it all in. Ever since we got our house in December 2017, we’ve sort of felt like we were close to an engagement but everyone including me was convinced Nick was going to wait until our renovations were completed to pop the question. On a Monday in March, Nick’s brother proposed to his girlfriend so even though we had our five year anniversary weekend coming up and I had originally thought “maybe this is it”, I figured he wouldn’t act on it. Little did I know that this whole thing had been in the works since January 2019. On that Friday morning I got a call from my sister’s boyfriend, saying that he’s been working at our house and he needs help since he’s on a ladder, trying to maneuver some drywall and things aren’t looking good. He really did a good job playing up the danger and urgency so I threw on the first thing I saw and rushed over to the house, not knowing how I’d find him. I flew through the front door to see Nick sitting in a perfect suit, looking incredible, waiting for me. It took me truly by surprise and took my brain some time to process and understand that Franco wasn’t really there or in danger. We both teared up as Nick proposed we spend the rest of our lives together in the middle of our almost finished dream home. It was the perfect intimate, emotional, special moment. It’s surreal – you picture this moment over and over and imagine how it might be, but when it’s happening, all you feel is pure joy and love and no one else and nothing else matters. He had his phone secretly taping the whole thing and afterwards we just took a moment to be together before telling our closest family members. Now it really helps that we had an anniversary trip planned to Niagara-on-the-Lake, but I highly recommend a stay-cation or quick getaway if possible after you get engaged to just spend that precious time alone together. We told our closest friends next and then put away the phones and just enjoyed some good food, great time, movies by the fireplace and sleeping in with no interruptions.