how we met
Andrew and I met around three and half years ago. We met on Tinder of all places! Neither of us were really sure what would come from using this app, but we now joke that he “swiped” me off my feet (how cheesy, I know!). I was a first year teacher, and Andrew was finishing his last year of school at USF.
When we matched on Tinder, the first thing I noticed was that Andrew played acoustic guitar. He complimented me right away on my eyes, and we quickly realized that we shared many of the same interests and that we both wanted to travel to Ireland one day. We eventually agreed to grab dinner and drinks so that we could meet each other in person. The night of the first date, it was raining extremely hard outside. I have never been a fan of driving, let alone in such nasty weather, and I considered asking if we could reschedule for another day. The rain was making me run a few minutes late, and I was so relieved when Andrew called to tell me he was going to be a little late as well (anyone who knows us knows that we are ALWAYS running just a few minutes late!). I walked into the bar first, drenched from the rain, and he walked in behind me just a moment later with that smile of his. The rest is history!
how they asked
Andrew had recently returned from a two week trip to Australia that he went on for work. We had been wanting to go to one of our favorites restaurants on Clearwater beach, and finally made plans to go one Saturday evening after a day of running errands. One of our favorite things to do is to walk the beach while watching the sunset together, so we decided to take a stroll before getting dinner. Andrew seemed unusually upset about the fact that it had turned into a cloudy and windy evening. After a bit of walking, he asked if I wanted a picture by the water and asked a woman who was sitting with her husband and children if she would mind taking one.
At this point, I was definitely suspicious, because Andrew is not one to initiate a photo-op! He put his arm around me for a picture, and the next thing I knew he was holding my hands and proposing to me. The woman taking our pictures was so surprised and excited to see what was happening, and I just loved the fact that it was otherwise just the two of us on a secluded part of the beach. My absolute favorite part of this story, is that after I said YES and we got a couple of pictures together- the clouds simply disappeared, revealing the most beautiful sunset that either of us have EVER seen. We got to sit in the sand and watch the sun go down together, and it was everything I ever dreamed it would be.