how we met
Steve and I met our freshman year of High School in band. We were in the same friend group for all of high school and I always had a crush on him, but he was always more focused on school then relationships. However, I finally got him to go on a date with me senior year and that’s where it all started!
how they asked
Steve and I moved in together in March and got a new dog in April. Before moving in together, Steve always said he wanted to live together for one year before he proposed. However, after getting a dog and living together for a few months, I could tell Steve was getting more and more ancy to ask me to marry him. We actually went to look at rings in June, but Steve “assured me” that he wasn’t going to propose for a while. In July, our golden Retriever Stella was turning 6 months old and we always agreed we wanted to get professional photos taken to commemorate her 6-month birthday, just as we had done when we first bought her home. There has always been 2 things I told Steve I wanted in regards to a photoshoot: I wanted photos of it and I wanted my nails to look decent. Our good friend, Cristina Klein, is a photographer and agreed to take the photos for us. Little did I know, Steve was planning on proposing to me during this photoshoot. I’ve always been a planner and Steve wanted me to have a say in my proposal, without even knowing it. Therefore, he had Cristina ask me somewhere special I wanted to have our photos taken. I picked Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg because Steve and I moved to St. Petersburg together and it meant a lot to the both of us and we really love the city. During the day of the proposal, Steve was taking videos on his phone about how today was going to be the day he asked me to marry him and how he just didn’t want to wait any longer to make that commitment to me. I had NO idea Steve was going to propose to me that day, for some reason the thought never came to my head that today would be the day. I even joked with him before we left for the photoshoot not to ask that day (I would mess with him a lot about it) because my nails looked horrible. But I genuinely did not think he was going to ask. When we got to Vinoy Park, Cristina had her phone attached to her backpack, and asked me it was okay if she “live recorded” our photoshoot for a YouTube video she was going to make. I truly thought nothing of it. However, turns out she did this so we could also have a video of the proposal. The photoshoot went on as normal and we got beautiful photos with Stella. However, when I thought we were finally done, Steve told me he wanted to get more photos taken (which was surprising because he isn’t a picture person). Then, out of nowhere, Steve grabbed my hands and told me about how much he loved me and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. To be quite honest – I was in so much shock when he asked that I basically blacked out when he asked and don’t remember exactly what he said. However, the shock wore off after a few minutes, and I literally started to cry because I was just so happy and excited to spend my life with him. After he proposed, he pulled out a pack of stick on nails for me to put on so that I could have my “dream proposal nails” and get good ring photos just as I wanted. After we left Vinoy Park, Steve asked me where I wanted to go get a celebratory dinner and I picked WingStop. Steve and I are obsessed with their wings and it was only fitting we go celebrate with some wings. When we got home, Steve showed me all of the videos he took that day and handed me a piece of paper with everything he wanted to say to me when he proposed. The piece of paper is now being framed in our home, alongside our engagement photos.