Madeleine and Tyler

How We Met

It was July 2012 at Texas Tech Red Raider Orientation. Tyler was an incoming freshman, and Madeleine was his orientation counselor. Getting a flat tire on his way to Lubbock, Tyler missed the ‘group welcoming session’. Once Tyler arrived, Madeleine checked him in and gave him a one-on-one tour of campus. We instantly hit it off, and had a great time getting to know one another. Simply put…it was a matter of “happenstance” that brought us together that day. After orientation ended, we went our own separate ways and didn’t remain in touch; however, little did we know we would be reunited soon thanks to Madeleine’s best friend, Angelica Zureikat! Angelica was born in Greece, and once a year she celebrates her “Name Day.” This Greek Orthodox tradition means you celebrate on the day of the Saint or Martyr you are named after. Yes, this is basically like celebrating a second birthday. However, all sarcasm aside, we are very grateful to her because it allowed us to reunite. That night, Tyler just so happened to be at the same bar where Angelica was having her Name Day Celebration. Madeleine and Tyler recognized each other immediately, and picked up right where they left off. After getting to know each other better during the next few weeks, we both knew it was only a matter of time. When we got back to school for spring semester … the rest was history!

how they asked

The proposal took place on the evening of December 17th, 2016 under the Washington Square Park Arch in New York City. It was a day we will always remember, filled with sweet moments that will be treasured forever. Wanting to share a little bit on how Tyler proposed, we thought it would be fun to tell the story through Madeleine’s eyes… Tyler spent months telling me to not make any plans for the weekend before Christmas. He said that he was going to take me to see the Nutcracker in Fort Worth. However, little did I know, Tyler had different plans in mind… It was Saturday morning. Tyler woke me up at 5:00am, saying that we needed to get to the airport to catch our flight. Even though I asked Tyler (at least 1,000,000 times) where on earth he was taking me, Tyler wouldn’t mutter a single word. We finally got to our gate. I couldn’t believe me eyes. We were going to NEW YORK CITY! There was a huge blizzard in NYC that same day, causing our flight to be delayed…but we didn’t care. We were SO happy, that nothing could bring us down!

Under the impression that I would be spending the weekend in Texas, I did not pack “blizzard clothes”- haha =) Thinking of everything, Tyler handed me an adorable pair of leather boots, a woolen hat, knitted scarf, and leggings that he had bought at Target a few weeks before. So thoughtful. Finally…we made it to the Big Apple! Tyler called a cab for us, and again he would not tell me where we were going. The cab stopped at Washington Square Park. Everything was sparkling white with freshly laid snow from the winter storm that morning. Taking me by the hand, we began walking across the park…my legs growing wobbly with each step I took. We stopped walking once we reached the Arch. Tyler got down on one knee, looked into my eyes, and said, “Madeleine Cloutier, will you marry me?”

With joyful tears streaming down my face, I said yes! A moment I will remember forever. After finally catching our breath, Tyler asked me the next “natural question” one would ask after proposing, “Madeleine, who is your favorite princess?” Without hesitation, I answered, “Jasmine.” Tyler then said, “Well you are going to see her tonight, I’m taking you to Aladdin on Broadway.” AHHHHHHHH! (Back when I was a little girl, I was obsessed with Princess Jasmine. I made my entire family call me Jasmine for years. Basically, if you didn’t call me Jasmine – you would get a stern talking to haha). Since our flight was delayed, we missed our dinner reservations earlier and were starving. So, before seeing Aladdin, we grabbed a hotdog on Time Square. We were on cloud 9. Everything was perfect.

After Aladdin, we spent the rest of the night running around the city. As if the weekend couldn’t get any more perfect…something unexplainably bizarre happened. My two best friends since elementary school, Anna Jay and Abby Kinsinger, were in New York City that very same weekend. About a month before, they had decided to take a spontaneous trip to NYC (completely unaware of Tyler’s plans). Tyler also had no idea that they had the trip planned.

I couldn’t have imagined sharing that moment with anyone else. It was pure serendipity that brought us four together that weekend. Anna, Abby, Tyler and I spent the next day celebrating and exploring the city together! Starting the day at the Rockefeller Center, and ending the day with celebratory lobster rolls and champagne overlooking the Statue of Liberty. It was perfect.