How We Met
Anthony was born and raised in the upstate- Greenville, SC. I’m from all over- born in Washington state, grew up in northern California and then Maryland. But I was raised southern thanks to my dad’s Texas upbringing, and now that I’m in the south I don’t ever plan on living anywhere else! Anthony and I currently live in Greenville, SC. We first met at a party while we were both students at Clemson University at the end of our sophomore year. I struck up a conversation with him and we talked for hours all the way until the party ended. We went to Waffle House and ended up talking all night long. I love how he didn’t follow a three-day-rule or anything like that, because we met up the next day to play volleyball and then saw each other every day after that until school was out. I was so into him I went back to Clemson well before classes started so that I could spend the summer with him!
how they asked
We were visiting Charleston for Anthony’s birthday and we planned on dressing up and taking pictures at the Pineapple Fountain before our dinner reservations. I messed up his plans because I thought we had so much time before our dinner, we should Uber to the Battery and walk up past Rainbow Row to the fountain to take more pictures. Little did I know, he had arranged to have a professional photographer and my parents and our dog Sammy waiting on us at the fountain!
He couldn’t say no without raising suspicion, but luckily he was able to secretly text the photographer about the time delay. Meanwhile my parents, who had been hiding from us all day with Sammy (because I had no idea they drove all the way to Charleston) and who avoided some accidental close encounters with us downtown, were panicking because they didn’t know which direction we were coming from so they didn’t know where to hide.
Luckily it all worked out- I never saw them or noticed the professional photographer when Anthony pulled me up to the fountain. He told me he knew he wanted to marry me four years ago when we first came to Charleston and took pictures in the same spot at the Pineapple Fountain, he just had to make sure I could put up with him for that long, haha! Between my cries of happiness as I realized what was happening, he said “Even though it’s my birthday, I got you something”, and dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I said yes (of course!) and kissed him while the random crowd around us cheered, then I turned and was so surprised to see the photographer, my parents, and Sammy!
It made it SO special to have them there since I am super close with my parents, and to have our dog (who is more like our child we spoil him so much) be there to lick my happy tears away and celebrate with us. The engagement ring is my dream ring! It’s a round diamond with a cushion-cut halo and a sparkly skinny band. Anthony picked it out himself at Jared’s, and he was sweet enough to bring my mom with him which made her life- haha. Even though I made it quite the challenge for Anthony to pull off proposal, he did perfect!
Photographer: Valerie & Co. Photographers//Shoes:Stacy Adams//Apparel:Chaps//Groomsman Attire:Peter Millar//Shoes:Jack Rogers//Apparel:Levi’s//Dress Store:Altar’d State//Jewelry: Jared’s//Location:Waterfront Park of Charleston//