How We Met
I met Blake in a conventional way when I was in middle school and he was in high school. At the young age of 13, my mom was dating a guy that had a son, Corey that was good friends with Blake. Blake being the first of his friend’s group to get a drivers license, he was always around. Corey and Blake would drive back and forth from their suburb, Lees Summit, to my suburb and 45 minute drive. We were romantic at the time, but due to the distance and stages in our lives, it didn’t last long. But Blake was always my best friend. We remained friends all through high school and college, through moves, relationships and job changes.
After I graduated from college, I moved back to my hometown of Kansas City. Blake had just ended his six-year relationship and we started hanging out. The nights were filled with the Bachelorette and cheap Chinese food. It was great to finally be in the same city and have a true friend to hang out with. We started to go on more couple like dates and the attraction started to shift from friends to romantic.
After a Fireball filled night – Blake asked me go on a real date. He said that he wanted to do that for many years and that he has always had feelings for me. So we decided to give this whole dating thing a shot – literally.
How They Asked
For Blake’s 29th birthday, we wanted to go a on trip to celebrate his last year of being in his twenties. We invited his friend Josh, who was also turning 29 in a couple of weeks and headed to Myrtle Beach, SC. We had never been, but knew it would be a fun place to explore, eat and drink. The day of Blake’s birthday the three of us got pretty intoxicated, we had a fancy seafood lunch, went mini-golfing and explored the city.
The day after, Tori was still exhausted and wanted to sleep as much as she could. Blake wanted to go out and have a nice dinner to celebrate their last night in town and to continue the celebration from the day before. The three of us agreed to this plan. Blake and Josh started to get ready. I on the other hand, wanted to take a nap. Blake tried multiple times to get me up, to get me to shower, to get me to put on a dress. Finally I budged and put on a dress, but I was not about to shower, wash my hair and waste that time when I could be sleeping. I thought I was being smart, turns out I had no clue what the night included.
On the way to dinner, Blake wanted to stop and take pictures on the beach with the sunset. I should have know this was odd, but I didn’t think anything of it. We got out of our golf cart, walked to the beach where Blake got down on one knee. I was stunned. I had no clue what was going on or how he had been so secretive. I, of course, said yes and called my family immediately.
We finally did go to dinner and had some more drinks to celebrate.