How We Met
Cole and I started dating our junior year of high school. After two years, we sadly decided to attend different colleges. I accepted a basketball scholarship at Saint Louis University. Cole rushed a fraternity at The University of Missouri. We knew long-distance would be a challenge, but we felt that what we had was forever. Through the ups and downs of college and 125 miles of distance, our love only grew. We sacrificed time and money to see each other as much as possible. Cole was my biggest fan at my basketball games, supporting me through the struggles of being a division one athlete. We traveled back and forth, always making time for each other. After almost four years, college started coming to an end and we were giddy thinking about the next step in our relationship.
how they asked
One rainy day, Cole told me he was taking me on a date. This is not out of the ordinary, since he has always been romantic and loves taking me on surprise dates. He told me we were going to go back to the place we went for our very first date, which took place more than five years ago. We had lunch there, sitting in the same booth we did the last time we were there. We ordered the same meals, sharing stories about different times throughout our relationship. Then, we got in the car and drove to the next surprise. I stared in disbelief, not mentally prepared to see the tattoo shop right in front of me. We had talked about getting tattoos for months, but we never followed through with plans to get them. Through many nerves, we left the tattoo shop with matching sailboat tattoos- significant because of the song “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. After this monumental decision, I assumed the date was over. However, Cole drove me to Forest Park, a place we have shared many dates and watched many sunsets. He walked me to the top of Art Hill, got down on one knee, and asked me to spend forever with him. My disbelief and excitement consumed me and I immediately said yes to the easiest question I’ve ever answered. When I thought this day couldn’t get any better, he drove me to one of our favorite restaurants, led me downstairs, and surprised me with a party including our families, my friends from SLU, and his pledge brothers who drove in from Columbia. Tears rolled down my face as I saw one of my sisters in the crowd, Hannah, who surprised me by flying 2,164 miles to be there for the most perfect day. Cole and I will forever remember April 21st. I get to marry my high school sweetheart!