How We Met
Tom and I meet in high school in a small town, Brewster, NY in 2011. He sat behind me in AP Environmental Science and I had never noticed him before, he was quiet and cute. So one day, I mustered up the courage to say to him “who the hell are you?”. To this day we laugh about our first encounter, it was one of a kind, just like our relationship. He was a senior and I was a junior when we first met. We spent the end of his senior year together and it was wonderful until he had to go off to college. He went to SUNY Albany and we did long distance for the first year. But before he left, we promised we would do everything we could to stay together… it was young love. We survived our first year apart and I decided I would follow my heart, which meant I would follow him to SUNY Albany. Then he transferred to SUNY Stony Brook after our first semester together and we were doing long distance all over again. Of course, I had to follow my heart, again, which meant following him to SUNY Stony Brook. Once we were there, we started to mature and grow together and our love flourished. Since he is a year older than me, he graduated college in 2015 and pursued his Master’s Degree in NYC and I was stuck on Long Island finishing up my senior year without him. But we made it work, we would see each other every weekend and the time apart made us appreciate our time together even more. We are both grateful for each other and the love we share. Most of our friends and family tell us, what we have is real and we didn’t really believe them until now. We are 8 years and 8 months strong and I don’t know anyone our age who has what we have. It’s a love you can’t even begin to fathom but it’s a love we hope everyone has the chance to experience in their lifetime.
How They Asked
Tom tried to propose the day before we got engaged and the day before that. He rented a White SS Chevrolet Camaro Convertible so we could see the sunrise on the East side of the island. But I didn’t want to wake up at 4:30 am because I didn’t think it was worth it, plus we could see the sunrise from our hotel balcony. Of course, in hindsight, I would’ve gladly gotten out of bed to see the sunrise. So instead, he asked me if I wanted to see the sunset from a popular spot overlooking Honolulu so I thought, why not? Little did I know what would come next. We took a Lyft to the park and it was very foggy and looked like rain. We got dropped off and walked around and took a bunch of photos and the next thing I knew, it was a day I would never forget!
The ring is a one of a kind Erika Winters Platinum ring with a 1.67 carat D colored round diamond with sapphires in the basket. The sapphires represent the first ring Tom bought me back in Christmas 2013, which was a silver promise ring with a small sapphire embedded inside the band.