How We Met
I like to think of our love story as just that, an actual story. I was angsty and just 17 years old when I opinionatedly tweeted out “I would much rather watch Star Wars than the movie The Vow on Valentine’s Day.” Shortly after I received a retweet and follow from the adorable @zer0her0ez, but honestly thought nothing of it. Fast forward to Friday, February 3rd, I was working a late shift at a local Mexican restaurant when I got a direct message from this @zer0her0ez introducing himself as Henry and reading the most original pick-up line in the history of pick-up lines… “Hey, I feel like I know you from somewhere!” Of course in true Maegan fashion, my response was anything but shy. Instead of playing along I went with a sweet, “Honestly, you probably don’t but here’s my number so we don’t waste time DMing back and forth.” Little did I know, he was right. We did know each other from somewhere, we just didn’t figure it out right away.
After a few weeks of messaging back and forth he finally got the courage to ask me out on a date, and those dates continued for a whole month. They ranged from museums and family gatherings to fancy dinners or a half gallon of chocolate milk and Air Head Extremes in a parked car. We discovered in getting to know one another that we did, in fact, know each other from somewhere – KINDERGARTEN. Not only that, but we lived just one block apart as children. Each time he picked me up he’d drive by his old house and tell me stories.
After a month of dating, Henry tried many times to ask me to be his girlfriend but he just couldn’t find the right moment. So on March 24th, 2012 at around 11:57 pm, again in true Maegan fashion, I decided to put it all out there. I was tired of being introduced as a “friend;” I didn’t understand what could be taking so long, so I blurted out “Am I your girlfriend or what?” Sure enough, at midnight on March 25th, 2012, Henry replied, “Obviously you’re my girlfriend, I just couldn’t find the perfect time to ask!” And so The Adventures of Henry and Maegan (officially) began…
Almost 7 years have passed since we first met and we haven’t left each other’s side. Luckily, it doesn’t look like we’ll ever have to.
how they asked
My now fiancé is very competitive and for years has listened to me go on and on about how no one can surprise me. I always joke that he’s not necessarily the best at keeping secrets so of course, he decides he wants to prove me wrong. In December 2017 Henry booked a surprise cruise to celebrate my 24th birthday, college graduation, and unbeknownst to me… our engagement. On our 6 year anniversary, he tells me we’re going on a cruise and of course I cannot contain my excitement. But there’s a catch, he won’t tell me the ship, ports of call, stateroom type, nothing. Because of these “secrets”, I had a feeling this would be where he (finally) asked, but I didn’t want to grow too hopeful and risk ruining our vacation. As we got closer and closer to the trip I felt so certain it was going to happen, but then again the closer we got the more I feared being disappointed on a trip he worked so hard to plan for us.
It is now August 5, 2018, the morning of our cruise, and we’re officially on board Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. When the staterooms are officially opened Henry insists that we go right to the room. Now I should give a brief backstory on the importance of this whole stateroom reveal. Henry and I have cruised for many years now, and I’ve always talked about how someday when we could afford it, I would love the very last stateroom with a Boardwalk Balcony so I could have the perfect view of the Aqua Theatre. When I opened the door to find that I was, in fact, staying in this exact room I couldn’t believe it. Here I was with my boyfriend of almost 7 years, on a vacation he put so much thought and intricacy in to. At the end of the day, Henry could have booked us a week on a buoy in the middle of the Atlantic and I still would’ve been on Cloud 9. Instead, he went above and beyond, and I’m not sure what I did to deserve him.
Both our families knew the proposal was going to happen but they were all told by Henry it would go down on the first day. Sure enough in true Henry fashion, it did not (hah!) I would learn later on that he just “couldn’t find the perfect moment.” We sailed away, with no connection to the outside world, and so did my hopes for a proposal to be honest. I just refused to let that put a damper on the trip of a lifetime! When day 3 came around, Henry was acting as he always does so I suspected nothing. We went to dinner, and the night before he seemed disappointed that we missed the sunset, so I suggested we catch it right after dinner this time. We found a hidden stairway that led us to the perfect sunset viewing spot, under the Boardwalk my most favorite spot on the ship.
We grabbed two seats and talked about typical Henry and Maegan things like “Can you wait for the lobster night because I don’t think I can? How old is Leonardo DiCaprio really? and ‘What would you do if my face got stuck like this?” **cue double chin** The last silly question I can remember asking was “How much money would I have to give you to jump off the ship and not get back on” when he suddenly said, “I have to ask you something.” My response? An ever so graceful, “WHAT” (with an eye roll if I might add). He then emphasized he was being serious, and I started to freak out. He pulled a ring out of his pocket and said: “I couldn’t find the right moment, and I’m so nervous but I want to ask you, will you marry me?” And of course, all I could say was “Where did you get that?” After he slid the ring on my finger, he pointed out that I never actually said yes and so of course I did. And that is when the newest chapter of The Adventures of Henry and Maegan began.