How We Met
James and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in Charleston, SC. I was new to town and knew very few people so I decided to go out on a limb and attend the birthday party alone. James and I sat next to each other at the first bar and the conversation flowed easily. Before we knew it, we were dancing and he was offering to pay the band to play Country Roads (I’m from West Virginia!). He gave me a ride home, got my number, and I went inside. About halfway up the stairs to my apartment, I realized I had left my phone in his car. The next day,when he realized it was in his car, he called the lost number and made plans to meet up with me downtown before work. We met on the street, I got my phone back, and my mom photographed the whole encounter. She framed the photo and presented it to us the night of our engagement.
how they asked
James planned a trip to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, a place he frequently visits with family, and has always talked about taking me to stay. Saturday night we had dinner plans on the terrace overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. We were getting ready in the room and I could tell he was getting anxious and rushing me to get ready so we could go take pictures before our meal. As we were walking outside it began to rain. He insisted we walk down the stairs to the best picture vantage spot, so I followed him down many flights of stairs into the rain, complaining the whole time that I was wearing a white dress and ruining my hair. As we reached the spot where he was to propose, he turned me around so I was facing the mountains, told me he loved me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I said YES and we ran up the stairs back to the shelter of the hotel. Little did I know, he had planned for our families and friends to be present and they had watched the whole thing from the window above! He even had a friend taking photographs! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect surprise. Running towards my parents, sister, and best friend was second only to the man of my dreams asking me to be his wife.