Kylie and Kelly

How We Met

Initially, I was nervous, waiting for a job interview; never realizing just how big of a decision this would be later in my life. Little did I know, the man I would marry 9 years later had gotten hired 2 months before me. Little did I know the guy that I thought was cute, the guy that had an awesome octopus tattoo but was always taken, would eventually be my husband. Over the course of the 4 years we worked together, we had dated other people, but I had no idea that he liked me.

Kelly and I would talk about our hobbies at work, mainly video games, something we still enjoy to this very day. I made it a point to walk the long way to do certain tasks so we could walk together and talk. I didn’t just think he was cute, I genuinely loved spending time with him, unfortunately, I was going through a rough breakup/relationship. I wanted a friend more than anything, someone I could talk to, confides in; and one of my first thoughts was him. At the time, I was hanging out with a group of other people and thought he would be a great fit. I remember I had just closed down my register and was walking out and thought ” why not ask him out; it will be fine”. What ended up happening was a lot of nervous sweating, anxious shaking, school-girl blushing and stumbling over my words trying to get the simple phrase “would you like to hang out with me and my friends some time?” Kelly was smart, he eventually got the idea and gave me his phone number. I remember immediately getting excited and realizing I would like him more than I thought. As I walked out of those sliding glass doors to my car, I texted all of my girlfriends and some of my guy friends telling them I got Kelly’s number. I was that excited!

Later on, while I was hanging out with my group of friends, he’d asked me to go to the movies. Multiple months after that, we made up our anniversary date since neither of us knew when we actually started dating. That’s how natural it all felt.

how they asked

Fast forward 4 years, we had rented a cabin on the water for our anniversary. A couple hints had accidentally been dropped about him proposing and I had told my mom and my soon to be maid of honor I thought it was going to happen. I had always told Kelly that I thought it would be fun to get engaged on our anniversary, “it just makes sense,” I told him. On our anniversary, we walked down to the market nearby and it was on the way back we decided to take a stroll through a field by the water. There were multiple places that would have been great to propose at, a few ideal places that would have made that moment special and idyllic, then followed by something not so romantic like trash or crime scene tape.

At one point, there was a homeless person’s camp, that’s when we turned around. What I didn’t realize at the time was that Kelly had the ring with him and was trying to find a good place to propose. Eventually, we got home and I texted my friend and told her I didn’t think it was going to happen. However, less than 5 minutes later, Kelly came up and asked me to come over to him. I went and got my shoes and was looking out at the water. I heard him moving around behind me but I thought he was just watching the water because at that point the possibility of him doing it was minuscule in my head.

He said my name and I turned around. He was on his knee with the ring in his hand and he asked me to marry him. I put my hand up to my mouth and said excitedly “Are you serious!?”. He said yes, I took the ring and I pulled him off the ground. At that point, all I wanted was to be close to him. After an amazing hug, I realized I hadn’t said yes yet or even looked at the ring! I said yes immediately after and then finally looked at the ring. It was beautiful, I looked back up at him and gave him a kiss. We took the rest of the day to let our family know and to just be with each other. It was the perfect, private moment between us and I am so incredibly happy.

Special Thanks

Missy Fant Photography