Natalie and David

How We Met

I met David at Central Michigan University in September 2008. One of my friends was dragging me to a party I didn’t really want to attend since I wouldn’t know anybody, but I sure am glad I went! David and I quickly were drawn together and started hanging out right away.

We started officially dating on October 2, 2008, and dated for almost three years until we broke up in August 2011. We had a really bad break-up and ended up doing the very mature thing- we blocked and deleted each other from Facebook and our cell phones.

We both went on to date other people, but never quite got over each other. We started briefly communicating again in April 2014, and even became Facebook friends again.

I moved down to the metro-Detroit area where David lived in October 2014, and we decided to meet up for in February 2015 as friends. I was so nervous to meet up with him again that I threw up multiple times at work that day.

We met for dinner at a Chili’s and sparks definitely started flying. Neither of us wanted the night to end and ended up staying out until almost 2AM on a work night. We started officially dating again in April 2015.

how they asked

David and I moved in together in September 2015. Around November, I started nagging about getting engaged because I was sure I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

After dropping hint after hint, I started to give up on the idea that it would ever happen, and (I’m not proud of this) I would start hysterically sobbing whenever any of our friends would get engaged thinking that the love of my life would never ask me to marry him.
One weekend in April, after driving home from spending a weekend up north with my parents, David asked if I wanted to stop in Mount Pleasant and get some lunch at one of our favorite local spots.

After we ate, he asked if I wanted to drive around town and visit some of our spots (the place where we had our first date, the place we had our first Valentine’a Day, the apartment complex where we met, etc.).

I was so convinced that we were obviously never, ever getting engaged that I was completely oblivious to what was going on. We pulled into Deerfield apartments, and walked over to the G complex where we first met each other.

As I was getting out of the car, David was right behind me and gave me a hug. Before I realized what was happening, he was down on one knee proposing with the ring that I had sent him numerous pictures of over the past 6 months.


I immediately started hysterically sobbing, and he had to remind me to respond. I of course said yes!