How We Met
We met in high school and quickly became close friends. After a lot of late-night Skype chats, Neil asked me to prom. Since we went to two different high schools, we went to both! We went our separate ways when I started undergrad at the University of North Carolina. Little did I know that Neil would be joining me the very next year. After re-establishing our friendship, we began dating at the end of college!
How They Asked
I had moved to New York to start business school, and one of my close friends invited me to Valentine’s Day party. I was so excited to get dressed up after months of living in my sweatpants during the COVID lockdowns. When I arrived at the venue, the doorman escorted me to the roof, where I walked into a bed of rose petals lined with candles. The most romantic music was playing, and when I turned the corner, I saw Neil standing there and he said “I have a lot of explaining to do” in the sweetest way.
He pulled out a letter and asked me to open it. It had my signature and I had dated it on his graduation day. He asked, “do you know what this letter is?” When he graduated from undergrad, I suggested that he write his future self a letter of all his goals and aspirations for the next few years. So, he did. Little did I know that he wrote two letters: the goals letter and a proposal letter. He had me sign the front of the proposal letter while I thought it was the goals letter.
He read the letter aloud and we both laughed, cried, and felt every emotion that had taken place during the eight years we had known each other: from prom to proposal. And just like that he got on one knee and asked, “will you marry me?” and I said “yes.”