How We Met
It’s a simple story. Although Zach and I had numerous play dates when we were little, I don’t remember “officially” meeting until middle school. It didn’t take long for Zach and I to become best friends after that. Zach quickly became my go to for everything, and my rock. Our junior year of high school we began dating, and have be inseparable ever since. Six years later and I still can’t believe he picked me. His first and only girlfriend, and now I get to be his wife. Forever can’t start fast enough.
how they asked
It has always been a dream of mine to visit NYC during Christmas time. But as my mom always tells me, I have champagne taste on a root beer budget. So NYC has always seemed far-fetched and out of reach.
A couple of weeks ago my mom and sister surprised me with airline tickets to NYC. I was told that it was going to be the three of us, and that we would be going December 13th through the 16th. I was ecstatic! The next few weeks were filled with preparation and shopping trips (you can’t go to NYC with a TX winter wardrobe). Our flight was set to leave from Dallas by 7am Tuesday (December 13th) morning. About three and a half hours after boarding we had arrived in New York City, and hit the ground running (literally).
Our “to-do” list was huge, and had more activities than our time in the city allotted for. The first day in NYC we ended up walking a total of 14 miles. We visited the original Macys (which was an astonishing 8 stories high), saw time square, and even stumbled upon the famous Kleinfeld bridal boutique.
The morning of the 14th my sister suggested we walk through Central Park. After about 30 minutes of walking and a thousand pictures later we reached our final destination, Gapstow Bridge.
My sister handed me the Go-Pro and asked if I could manage recording a decent video of us walking through the park. I thought that was a strange question but accepted the challenge and kept on. I rounded the corner, did a double take and there Zach was, waiting for me in front of Gapstow Bridge. I immediately handed my mom the camera and ran down the hill. With tears in my eyes I hugged Zach, and asked what he was doing here in NYC. I couldn’t believe that he flew 1400 miles to surprise me. He smiled, looked at me and asked me to marry him (of course I said yes). Zach and my family had managed to pull off the proposal of a lifetime. Zach woke up at 2am, flew out of Austin around 5am, and dragged his luggage all through Central Park just to propose to me. I have never felt so special in my life.
After it was all said and done I got to hear the backstory. New York was never meant to be a girl’s trip, but a proposal of epic proportions. My sister brought her camera’s and go-pro specifically to capture the special moment. Getting the ring ready in time for the trip was no easy venture either. It takes 6-8 weeks’ minimum to get a ring made and ready to be taken home, and Zach needed mine in two. The salesman at Diamonds Direct (Fernando) ended up talking with the designer herself (Sylvie Collection), and managed to pull off the impossible. The ring was ready for Zach to pick-up around 5pm on the 13th. Less than 12 hours from the time his flight was scheduled to leave. To say that this is the best Christmas I’ve ever had would be an understatement.
A HUGE thank you to Fernando at Diamonds Direct, Sylvie, and my mom and sister. Because of y’all I get to marry my best friend, and high school sweetheart of six years. Life is perfect!