Sam and I both went to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Early in the fall of my sophomore year and Sam’s freshman year, I saw Sam hanging out with some mutual friends and thought he was so cute and wanted to get to know him. I dropped some albeit VERY subtle hints of this but he didn’t pick it up at all. I assumed he wasn’t interested and we didn’t see each other for a few months. Then one day in April that same school year, I was with all my friends at an outdoor daytime party. There were tons of people around and then someone got pushed into me and kicked me so hard in the leg. I wasn’t happy but almost immediately realized it was Sam, he was apologizing profusely and said he got pushed into me by accident. He offered to go inside a random house to get my ice for my leg, which I thought he was sweet but declined any assistance. I said I was fine, and wanted to go about my day. But Sam had other plans, he was determined to spend the day with me and get to know me better. I chalked it up to him being intoxicated and said “I’ll give you my number if you’ll stop clinging.” He was elated to take my number and texted me first thing the next day say he wanted to take me on a real date. I said yes to that date, and then yes to a thousand more. The jury is still out on who pursued who.
Sam and I live in Madison, WI, not far from the downtown isthmus. One week in November, one of my girl friends said she wanted to go downtown with the snow and city lights to take a Christmas card photo with her dog (this was totally normal, by the way). We have a group of friends that does everything together so the 5 of us and our 3 dogs all headed downtown to take “Christmas card photos.” We were walking around looking for the perfect photo opp and we got to the Monona Terrace, where the perfectly lit capital building sits in the distance. I saw what looked like a photographer set up to take photos with a ring light and told my friend she should go ask that photographer to take her picture. Sam started walking over to the ring light with my hand in his hand. It still took me a few moments before I realized the whole set up was for us. Sam got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him. My favorite part, other than the marrying my very best friend, was our pomsky puppy, Mozart, got to be right by my side the whole time.