How We Met
We met in high school, so we are true high school sweethearts. It was the beginning of both our senior years at rival high schools when we first met in October of 2012 at a Halloween party hosted by the Junior Symphony League of Tyler, TX. I didn’t understand how I hadn’t meet this amazing guy sooner. At the age of 17, neither of us had any idea how our lives would forever intertwine. After a few months of dating, I realized he was my dream guy. He is obviously devilishly handsome, crazy smart, hilarious, and insanely witty. His strong love for God, his family, and his friends stood out to me above all else. A few months after high school graduation, he left for one year full of Christian mission work all around the world including Africa, Jordan, Haiti, and so many more. It was so difficult for us to be apart for so long, but he inspired me every day which made us an even stronger couple. Now almost 5 years later, we’ve been through it all together and conquered many obstacles. I truly cannot imagine my life without him.
how they asked
We were on a trip of a lifetime in Italy with his family. We started our journey exploring Rome, traveled to Florence for 3 days, and then planned to return to Rome for the rest of the trip. On May 13, 2017, we took a train from Rome to Florence, so we could see the beautiful Tuscan countryside. He told me to get dressed up for family photos at sunset at the Piazzale Michelangelo and a nice dinner afterwards. I was looking forward to an exciting night, but I had no idea what was in store. We got to the breathtaking overlook of the city. After he recognized the secret photographer was there, we walked down the steps where hundreds of people sit to watch the sunset.
When we got to the bottom, I immediately started taking pictures of the gorgeous view. He pulled me aside, then the love of my life dropped to a knee, and I was in complete shock and awe. I was truly overjoyed! I then said yes and the crowd of hundreds of people erupted with cheers while he slipped the flawless engagement ring on my finger. I could not have pictured a more beautiful proposal.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more perfect, he revealed my mother and grandmother in the crowd who were able to fly across the globe to be there to witness the proposal and surprise me. He truly went above and beyond to make sure my fairytale came true. Then I got to spend the next 5 days in Italy with my love, my family, and my future family. I will never forget that moment as long as I live.