How We Met
We both attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Drew was a year ahead of me and his plans for off-campus housing fell apart before his sophomore year, so he ended up living in the dorms again (best thing to ever happen). As a freshman, I moved into my dorm and it happened to be a co-ed floor. Drew was in the room next to me and we quickly started a friendship that we carried throughout the next three years.
The summer of 2014, Drew graduated from college and I was interning with an event venue in Atlantic City, NJ for the summer. A group of our friends decided to get together and have a weekend in Atlantic City. That night we had a ton of fun with our friends and each other and we both realized there was definitely something more between us than just friendship.
How They Asked
Drew’s Story: There were a few main things I had in mind when planning the proposal. First, I wanted her to be surprised so I needed to plan something that wasn’t out of the ordinary. Second, I wanted friends with us to capture and share the moment. Third, I wanted to keep this sealed tight by ensuring only a few people knew when the proposal was happening.
The weekend of March 13th turned out to be our engagement weekend. I was supposed to work all weekend, but due to COVID-19, those events were canceled. This allowed me to put plans in motion knowing I’d have limited time to use public areas for the proposal.
I planned a day trip to Childress Vineyard on Sunday, March 15th with two other couples we’re close friends with. Leading up to that day, I was texting the two guys, Smith & Nate, to give them an idea of my plan. I needed their help to capture the moment by taking pictures and video.
The day at the vineyard was perfect and went exactly how I planned — she had no clue. We did a wine tasting, took a tour of the winery and then enjoyed the day outside on the vineyard grounds with some wine. Before heading home, one of the couples suggested we go by the lake to take pictures. We went last.
As Rebekah started to walk away after taking the photo, I grabbed her hand. I asked her if I could say something to which she said “No!” It made me laugh because she knew I was up to something. I told her how much I love her and that she’s the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. I got down on one knee, presented the ring, and asked her to marry me. She said yes!
We began celebrating with our friends. Then we made phone calls to our families and friends. The only people who knew the proposal was happening were Smith, Nate, and Rebekah’s dad (of course I asked for his blessing!) Not only did this help keep the plan a secret but it provided pure shock and excitement from family and friends when we shared the news. It was awesome!
Rebekah’s Story: Thank goodness I have my moments of total obliviousness, because looking back on the day there were definitely a few flags that should have made me think something special was happening. Like Drew said, we were taking a photo at the vineyard and as I walked away, he grabbed my hand and I looked at him and his facial expression and voice tone had changed so I knew IT WAS HAPPENING!
My first instinct was to say “no” in disbelief that he was actually about to propose. We’ve been together for five and half years and there has been so many times I had expected it to potentially happen, so it would be just like Drew to pull it off as a complete surprise when I wasn’t expecting it AT ALL! As he got down on one knee, I really tried to take in every word he was saying to remember that moment forever. Having it a complete surprise was one of the best parts! Seeing everyone’s genuine reactions is something I’ll never forget!