How We Met
I love telling people this because it’s definitely out of the ordinary! I was sweating hard in the gym when an old flame invited me to his rugby game. I was a little reluctant but I used to play rugby in college and loved the sport. I eventually agreed and as I drove up to my house he was already there. I had no time to shower or change and lived in Florida at the time so naturally, I was very sweaty. I threw on a baseball cap to cover my hair and jumped in his car. Once we arrived at the game I was trapped in a sea of athletic men (cue insecurity about my smell and lack of makeup!) An hour or so into the game one of the players caught my eye and it wasn’t the one I came with!
I heard a few players call out his name, Noah and was pretty impressed by his athleticism. I was immediately smitten and HAD to meet him. Trying to act as cool and as cute as I could while being a sweaty mess I inquired to the guy I came with about meeting Noah. We coaxed him to join us at the bar afterwards and the two of us hit it off and knew we had to hang out again!
how they asked
I remember telling Noah several times how much fun it would be to go to Napa Valley and visit all the wineries up there for my birthday. A few months before my 26th birthday, he spilled the beans about talking to his friend in San Francisco. At this point, I knew something was up! We flew into San Francisco a few days before my birthday and he planned out every detail about what we would be doing. Every day was a surprise! The first day we were there we actually biked to City Hall to watch other couples celebrate their love. It was so adorable and the most amazing birthday surprise I could get, or so I thought. The day before my birthday we made our way to Napa Valley where we stayed at the Embassy Suites Napa and had the most gorgeous hotel suite with birthday champagne waiting for us! They even had white swans in a pond outside our room! “Surely it couldn’t get better than this?!” I thought.
The day of my birthday we made our way to a fun and eclectic vineyard called Raymond. When we arrived we were greeted with some wine and given a private “tour” of the vineyard. But it wasn’t a tour at all! As we walked through the vineyard of grapes completely alone our guide asked if we wanted a birthday photo in the vineyard. Noah told me to put my glass down and as we were getting ready to take a picture I could feel his heart beating a million miles an hour! He said, “Tori, I have a question to ask you.” And got down on one knee with the biggest smile I have ever seen on his face.
He pulled out of his pocket a gorgeous ring and asked, “Will you marry me?” At that moment my smile matched the size of his and I just blurted out “Oh, Noah I love you!” And completely forgot to say “Yes!” But I bet that happens all the time. After many photos and smiles and giggles, we made our way back to the winery where he had planned for us to make our OWN wine to be bottled up with a custom label to be enjoyed on our wedding day! We ended the day at one of the most renown sushi restaurants in the world, Morimoto. It was so fun and such a whirlwind of joy and happiness. I am so astounded by all the effort and creativity he went through to really give me the most amazing surprise I could have imagined, a fiancé.