How We Met
Scott and I met after we both moved to Colorado, Scott for work and I for graduate school.I came from the south and he came from the west and it seemed a bit like fate that we ended up in the same place at the same time.
However, like a lot of destined moments, I didn’t get it right away. Our first date went terribly! We met at a movie theater (I was late like usual) and we didn’t even have time to introduce ourselves before the movie began.
After 2 awkward hours sitting next to a stranger, Scott walked me to my car and I was sure that was the end of it. However, to my surprise, Scott called me the next day and asked for another date! The make-up first date (as I like to think of it) went much better and our relationship began. The rest is history!
how they asked
When Scott and I first started talking about getting engaged, I told him I had only 2 requests. First, I wanted a traditional proposal with him on one knee with a ring. Second, I wanted my mom to be there. She was diagnosed with cancer and we knew we didn’t have much time left with her.
I caught word of a lantern festival happening near us in November of 2015. For months, I begged Scott to get us tickets since it also happened to fall on our anniversary! He promised he would but then the week of the festival, Scott told me he couldn’t get the day off of work and wasn’t able to go.
I was so heartbroken! I sulked a ton and busted Scott’s chops every chance I could for ruining our anniversary plans. However, a couple days later two of my best friends contacted me and asked if I would go to the festival with them. I thought “great! I will have my best friends there, it doesn’t matter that Scott can’t come!”
The day of the festival, I dropped Scott off at work (not suspecting a thing) and met up with my friend, Sarah. She suggested we get our nails done to celebrate her upcoming birthday and I said sure (still not suspecting a thing). After doing our nails and getting dinner, we drove to the festival. It was an amazing sight!
Thousands of people gathered at a raceway that was set up with scattered fire pits and food and entertainment vendors everywhere. Every person received a s’mores kit and a paper lantern that we would all set off at the same time later in the evening. Sarah and I met up with our other friend, Amanda, and her husband and some of their friends. We had a great time roasting marshmallows and enjoying the evening.
All of the sudden, I look up from the fire and see my parents coming towards us. I was shocked and a bit confused! My dad claimed that mom saw my Facebook post about the event and decided they had to come to experience it too. I thought the story maybe checked out and I was glad they were there so we all went back to enjoying the evening.
About 10 minutes later, I heard a man’s voice behind me. I turned around and there was Scott! At this point, I was very suspicious but Scott claimed he knew I really wanted him there and he got off work early so he had to come. At this point, it was almost time to light the lanterns. We all got our lanterns ready and then at the right moment, we let them go and they floated up into the sky.
It was gorgeous, like a scene straight out of the movie Tangled! I was staring up at the lanterns when I heard someone say “turn around!” When I did, there was Scott on one knee holding out a ring box. I was stunned and speechless. I don’t really remember what happened next but I must have said yes because Scott put the ring on my finger!
It was a magical night! I not only got engaged to an amazing man, but I got to spend a great evening with my best friends and my parents. It was one of the last experiences I got to share with my mom before she passed away a month later.
I feel totally blessed to have met a man as thoughtful as Scott. He managed to make my 2 engagement must-haves happen and he managed to keep it all a wonderful surprise. It was a night I will never forget!