Kristen and Seth

Kristen's Proposal in Roanoke Star

How We Met

I was in my third year of college, sitting in the library with my English group, working on a project. This handsome man walks through the library doors and we immediately made eye contact. He sits in a chair across the room from me as we both act like we are doing work but we keep on making awkward eye contact. I walked over to the service desk right near his chair to “use the stapler”. He was watching me the whole time. But… it was time for me to leave… as I walk out the doors, I look over at him and give him a smile. When I walked out, my heart broke thinking I would never see him again. I was thinking I would have to come to the library every day now, hopefully to see him again. I went to work and was looking through my friends list just MAYBE hoping to find him… nothing. Later that night, my mom met me in town and I ended up joining her to go to the grocery store. We walk in the store and I’m blabbing on about something, and I look at this guy filling up the ice machine… but didn’t realize who it was. My mom went one way and I went to get fruit. All of a sudden, I hear “Hey, didn’t I see you at Western this morning?!” (the name of our school)…. Needless to say I freaked out. I didn’t recognize him with his work uniform on. Long story short, we exchanged names and he asked if he could give me his phone number. I was still in the store and IMMEDIATELY texted him. When my mom and I got home, I was so excited, telling her what happened. I remember saying “Momma! He’s my husband! This is FATE!”. He called me as soon as he got off work and we completely hit off. The next morning at school, we met in the library and just talked. Immediately, we knew that we were meant for each other.

how they asked

We had already gone out ring shopping so we could both get an idea of what style I like. I could feel the proposal coming soon. At the beginning of November, I was like “I know we’re going to get engaged before Christmas”. I had a feeling he would do it on his birthday, which is November 22. As the day got closer, I started to doubt that it would happen. His mom had planned a nice dinner for him at Kabuki at 6:30, and my mom was going to join us. After I got off work, I went to his house and gave him some small birthday gifts. He goes to take a shower and get ready, while I am talking to his grandmother. He walks back in the living room at 5:30 and said “Alright babe, let’s go.” I said “dinner isn’t for another hour, why do you want to leave already?”. He immediately just started smiling. I swear, this boy cannot keep a secret. My stomach dropped and I got so nervous. I was barely talking in the car and his hands were sweaty. I could tell we weren’t going to the restaurant so I asked him where he was going. He said “I just want to take you somewhere real quick before we eat. We drove up the mountain and I knew we were going to the star (a city overlook in our hometown). I started texting the girls i work with “OMG, I THINK HE’S GOING TO PROPOSE, WE’RE GOING UP TO THE STAR, I’M SO NERVOUS!”. We got up to the overlook, looking at all the beautiful city lights. There were other people up there taking pictures and I knew Seth was waiting for them to leave, so we were just standing there silently. We were side hugging, and I felt the ring box in his coat pocket. Finally, we were alone and he turned to me and said “I want to read you something.” He pulled out a note, and I immediately started crying. At that point, I didn’t even know what he was saying so I’m glad I had the letter to read after. He put the note away, got down on one knee, pulled out the ring box and said “On this day, November 22, 2017, will you Kristen Leigh Rowland, marry me and become my beloved wife?”

After we had our moment, I turned around and his sister and mom were behind of us taking photos of the whole thing. Then we got to go to dinner and celebrate with his family and my mom. It was by far the best night of my life and I cannot wait to spend my life with him.

Kristen and Seth's Engagement in Roanoke Star