How We Met
July 3, 2015, USA vs. Guatemala || American Outlaws Section || Nashville, TN
Following a 4-0 win for the USA, I was scanning the crowd looking for my friends when I laid eyes on this drop-dead-gorgeous blonde. Under my breath, I muttered, “That’s the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.” My sister overheard me and offered to talk to her in an attempt to bring her over. So she walked over and told this random girl, “My brother just saw you and thinks you’re the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. Do you want to meet him?” Incredibly, she said yes and walked over. I’m not sure what I said, but it was good enough to get her number!
I attempted to hang out with her that night, but she suddenly went silent on me. I thought for sure I was ghosted. Little did I know her mom and sister were Facebook stalking me and actually convinced Maggie to text me back the next day! We ended up hanging out over the next two days and getting to know each other. I don’t think either of us actually thought anything would really come of this, but there was instant chemistry and attraction. I remember even telling my buddy Chris, “I don’t know what it is, man. She’s just special.”
Come to find out that Maggie lived in Atlanta, GA and I already had tickets to the next US game in Atlanta! Two weeks later we attended the game and had an incredible time. I was starting to fall for this girl.
A few weeks later, Maggie came down to Florida to visit me in Tallahassee. I had just undergone shoulder surgery and she wanted to help me. Despite being over 4 hours apart, I soon realized that I wanted to seriously pursue Maggie. So on September 18, 2015, I took her on an extravagant date night and asked her to be my girlfriend. Thankfully she said yes, and we embarked on what would become a 20-month long-distance relationship.
Finally, in May 2017, I graduated from The Florida State University College of Law and moved to Atlanta. The wait was ovaaa!
How They Asked
The first thing that you need to know is Maggie lived in Ghana, Africa from 6-17 years old. The country and the Ghanian people have her heart in a way I’ve never seen. She knows the anthem, the pledge, and even speaks Twi! So when I began to think about proposing to Maggie, I knew that I wanted to incorporate Ghana. In fact, I wanted it to be IN Ghana.
I had her dad bring up the idea of taking a family visit to Ghana. Maggie hadn’t been back in 8 years and I always said that I wanted to visit the country that had impacted her life so much. It really wasn’t a crazy idea, so Maggie didn’t suspect anything. At one point I thought for sure she would figure it out when my parents decide to come too, but we managed to play it off. She had NO idea.
The first part of the trip was incredible. We visited Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, and everything in between. It was stunning. At the end of the trip, we were exhausted and spent the last two nights at the Blue Diamond Beach and Spa Resort in Accra. I knew ahead of time that this was where I was going to propose, but I had no idea how I was going to do it. I scouted the area and found a nice gazebo-esque hut that I could work with. So I spoke to the owner of the resort and she offered to create some beautiful flower/leaf arrangments and put it on a glass-top table. She also had some tea lights that I could line the sidewalk with. The plan was starting to come together!
The next problem was figuring out how to get her to the gazebo. I came up with the idea to draw a “treasure map” on the back of a small canvas painting I had bought the day before. The plan was to put the map in a bottle, halfway bury it on the beach, get her brother Luke to bring her down to take pictures and happen upon it, she would open it up and come to the “X” where I would be waiting at the gazebo.
So around 6 pm I ran down to the beach and began burying the bottle. I quickly glanced up and she was already walking down with Luke! I quickly filled the hole and ran behind a hut nearby. As soon as her back was turned I SPRINTED to the gazebo and began fervently turning on the tea lights and setting everything up. I thought for sure she would be walking up any moment. To my surprise, when I glanced back down the beach she was still taking pictures. I later learned that she was convinced the bottle with the canvas sticking out was just trash on the beach and wanted nothing to do it. FINALLY, Luke convinced her to check it out. However, instead of reading the map and realizing she was about to be proposed to, she thought it was someone else’s map!
This was quite confusing to her because it was on the back of the exact same painting I had bought the day before. She thought I had dropped it and another group at the resort was messing around. Now, in Maggie’s defense, she was worried about finishing getting ready for dinner and she kept trying to figure out where I was. So needless to say, she wasn’t really thinking clearly. At this point, Luke actually walked away frustrated because Maggie was NOT cooperating. She then began looking for me. All the while, I had NO idea what was going on or why everything was taking so long. Thankfully, Mrs. Mozley was in on everything and happened to see Maggie walking around with the map in her hand. She quickly intervened and convinced Maggie to check out where the X led to! But even when she walked up on the flowers and tea lights she thought she was walking up on someone else’s date night. Seriously. She had no clue.
As she walked up I came out of hiding, grabbed her hand, and began talking about us. I don’t know what I said, but I do know how I finished… “And I can’t think of a more perfect place to ask you this question.” *takes knee* “Will you marry me?”
With hands cupped over her mouth, Maggie practically screamed “YEEEESSSSS”.
It. Was. Perfect.