How We Met: Brandon and I were somehow magically brought together online. My best friend convinced me to join eHarmony during a free communication weekend with my goal being to have fun and get out there to just meet new people. I have never been big into dating so this proved to be much more difficult than I had anticipated. I forced myself to go on a couple of dreaded first dates hoping for the best, but never went on date #2…until Brandon.
We talked for weeks about our common interests like country music, being on the water and staying active. He seems to think I turned him down many times…although I remember having a legitimate excuse maybe twice…until we finally planned to go to dinner one Friday night. From then on out we saw each other every weekend. A month later we decided to commit to a relationship and a few short weeks after that we were head over heels in love!
how they asked: Brandon had told me earlier that week that he had gotten a gift card to a nice restaurant and wanted to take me out to dinner. When I heard a knock at the door I opened it to see Brandon standing there in a suit with some posters in his hands. I was pretty sure I knew what was happening and then “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge started playing and my heart began to race.
The proposal was inspired by the famous scene from Love Actually and Brandon put a lot of thought into making it personal and meaningful for our relationship – watch the video! Once the cue cards had succeeded in making me laugh and cry he rang a bell. For a split second I almost thought we were getting a puppy…but it was way better. Out of my my neighbor’s garage came a parade of my family, Brandon’s twin sister and brother-in-law (who made the trip all the way from North Carolina to help pull this off and put together the beautiful video we will cherish forever!) and our closest friends.
That is when I really lost it. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I wish I could say ‘I said YES!’…but really ‘I nodded YES!’ because I was truly speechless.
Confetti guns were fired and the celebrating began! Within a matter of minutes everyone who had gathered ran back to their cars and came back to the house with dinner, drinks and cupcakes. We had an incredible and intimate party where Brandon revealed all of the secrets he had been keeping from me and how he had been planning this for quite some time and everyone had been in on it! It was an absolutely perfect way to start our happily ever after.