How We Met
Jon and I have a somewhat funny story of how we met. To include all the details, I need to take things back just a few months prior.
I had recently moved home on summer break from college, and I was looking to find a job to occupy my time. It has always been my dream to work at a wedding venue and be a wedding planner. I had applied for an internship at a beautiful wedding venue and completely had my heart set on it! I thought if I got this job, it would open the doors into what I had always wanted to do. I was really confident I would land the internship, until there were some unforeseen major life changes that took place the week before my interview. Needless to say, I was not myself during my interview, and it was really hard to focus on why I should be planning other couple’s weddings when I just had just ended a relationship in which I thought would lead to my own. I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”, although I clearly didn’t see it at the time. I was not selected for the internship, and completely devastated. Looking back, that was the best decision they could have made for me. If I would have actually been selected for my “dream” position, I would have never met my dreamy future hubby- and THAT is a scary thought.
Fast forward a few months: I moved on, and began working at a small oil and gas company. Before then, I had applied for a few other jobs as well, including one as a server at BJ’s Brewhouse. Jon worked there as management support, and had called me to see if I wanted to interview (at this point I had no clue who he was-DUH STEPH ANSWER YOUR PHONE IT’S HUBBY CALLING). But no, I was too busy to answer the phone and ignored the call since I already had another job. Well, he called back. The next day I walked into the doors of the restaurant and there he stood. I didn’t know that was Jon, and I certainly didn’t know I would love him immediately. I was almost speechless, and when I introduced myself, I think he felt the same way because he didn’t even notice I was holding my hand out to shake his-I was trying to be professional yanno?
I thought he was soooo cute and immediately knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with him. I just needed him to realize that too. I remember trying to find him on Facebook, and searching through other friends list to find him. (I felt like a creeper!) Finally after searching for what felt like days, I found him and then added him, but I got really nervous! He was the one who did all of my training at work, which doesn’t help with the first day jitters. This was when I fell in love with him. I will never forget when he walked around the corner one day and we saw each other, his face turned bright red and I knew he felt the same way.
It was my 21st birthday and he was suggesting things I do downtown, one of them was to ride a bar trolly. When I was having my birthday party, I took a picture of it and sent it to him through a Facebook message to show him I found one. He replied with “you should text me that picture.”
Professionalism went out the window a few short weeks later when we went on our first date to the movies. A few more weeks went by, and we were talking about buying our first house together, and raising our future kids. The rest is history. We clearly didn’t waste any time. Here we are, one and a half years later, ENGAGED!
how they asked
We already had a photoshoot scheduled because I had mentioned how much I just wanted pictures of us for our house. We barely had any! One of my dear friends and sorority sisters who is a photographer, took us to Kitchen 324 downtown Oklahoma City. We did cute little coffee shop pictures and then it was time to go on the rooftop.
Don’t let the smiles fool you. IT was FREEZING. When I am hugging Jon, it is mainly for warmth. I knew Jon was up to something because he had to run an “errand” that morning. We always run errands together and when he said he was going alone, I knew something was up. I still wasn’t sure if this would be it though. We had talked about getting engaged multiple times, and I was starting to think it would never happen! I know, ok ok, a year and a half isn’t very long. But we had talked about marriage the first few weeks of dating so clearly it was in the near future? Right?
During our last session of the shoot, I noticed a box in his pocket and my heart immediately started to beat faster because I knew for sure what was happening. He got down on one knee and opened the box. He didn’t even ask me to marry him!! I think he was probably nervous. All that he could say was, “Do you like it?”. At that point I was already hugging him and my answer was obvious. I am so in love with my best friend and I can’t wait to say I do on June 4, 2016.