Nia and Jalen

Nia's Proposal in Disney World

How We Met

I met Jalen when I was 16 in high school and we were both working at the library. We never really spoke in person but one day Jalen messaged me on Facebook. Who knew what that one message would lead to.

After several canceled dates (on my part), I finally went on a date with him to Applebee’s after some convincing from my best friend. The date started off awkward but it went well. However, the timing wasn’t the best; Jalen was leaving in a week to start his freshman year of college. We stayed in contact and remained just friends for another year before we started dating in college.

How They Asked

We went to Orlando for a long weekend for my birthday. Our 3rd day there we went to Magic Kingdom on the day of my birthday. Even though it was humid and rainy, we were still so excited. About 10 minutes after getting there, we stopped on Main Street in front of the castle and Jalen gave his phone to the Disney photographer for what I thought was a picture. Just as I was preparing to pose, he got on one knee in the rain and pulled out a ring. I was so shocked and excited that I tuned out the crowd watching and cheering. At that moment it felt like just the two of us. The moment was perfect, safe to say this was the best birthday ever!

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