I'm so excited to announce that we're engaged! I'm still on cloud 9 and can't believe the man of my dreams made me his forever. I just wanted to take some time to share a little bit about our relationship, how he asked, and pictures from this special day.
How We Met
Nick and I met at Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona in March of 2016. We met through mutual friends at Bottled Blonde and honestly just stayed friends for quite awhile. We would text here and there, but really didn't think we would end up dating because he was from California and I'm from Texas. But I could not stop thinking about him. He was the first guy I was just me around. There were no games, no trying to be something I wasn't, he just let me be my true self.
Finally after months of endless phone calls and texting all day, we set a date for me to come see him in Biloxi, Mississippi. I honestly even loved him before I went to go see him. His birthday is August 1st and I was running around Nashville with my best friend, Karalyne, scrambling to overnight him Lululemon clothes before we ever even hung out one on one. This sounds dumb, but I knew how much he meant to me when I was taking time out of our trip to make him feel special from states away. So two weeks after his birthday it was finally time to see him. There had been hurricanes in the gulf coast so it took me 14 hours to get to him. I-10 was closed and my car had a total meltdown in Houston causing an additional 3 hour delay, but I was determined to see him. I ended up staying there for 5 days and having the best time of my life. I was so sad to leave and after only being back in Austin for 2 days, I asked him if I was crazy if I drove back. He told me to get in the car, so I did! Honestly, like they say, the rest is history!
After those trips, I knew it was meant to be. I even cried to him on the phone, a month into our relationship, telling him I didn't want to freak him out, but I knew God's plan was for me to marry him. I actually had someone come up to me after I met Nick and they told me God was urging them to tell me something, and that was to not fear because I had already met the one God intended for me.
After that, Nick moved in with me in Austin, Texas and it's been absolutely amazing! He's my best friend and I love doing life with him and our sweet puppy, Parker.
How He Asked
October 27, 2017 is a day I will never forget.
My other best friends and future bridesmaids, Jessica and Kelsey, had asked me the week before if we could all get together and go on a triple date to the Oasis Bar & Grill. For those of you that don't know, The Oasis literally has the best views in Austin. It overlooks Lake Travis and is the prime spot to watch the sunset. So anyway, of course I agreed to dinner.
When Friday came, we headed to the Oasis and Jessica and Kelsey texted our group saying they were late due to traffic. Which, hello, it's Austin. I totally understood.
While we waited the manager lead us to the third floor to hangout, because they can't sit incomplete parties. So we went to the top floor and Nick suggested we go on the balcony and take an Instagram picture. If you know me at all, you know I won't miss an Insta opportunity. Nick then told me to turn around so he could take a picture of me looking at the sunset. Well, I didn't get those pictures because when I turned around, Nick got on one knee and asked me to be his WIFE! I started crying, said yes, and kissed my future husband.
At the Oasis they also have locks all over the railings, so Nick had prepared our lock with a special message for us. We put the lock on together and tossed the key into the lake. I loved that part of it and it was so sweet of him to think of it.
After that all of my friends and family came out behind some pillars and made the night even more memorable. He honestly did so good. Austin is where I grew up and it was important for me to have a proposal in a place I hold so dear to my heart with all my loved ones there to share the moment.
For the rest of the night, we enjoyed and celebrated the engagement with dinner, drinks, and of course hundreds of pictures!
Looking back there were small hints that something was happening that Friday night, like why was my boyfriend so concerned with what I was going to be wearing? Haha
He had actually told me he was going to the gym a few days before, when really him and my friends were scoping out the place and trying to find the perfect spot to propose. The manager was even in on it, as they normally don't just walk people up to the third floor.
Thank you so much to the man of my dreams and all my friends and family for making this happen. I love each and every one of you so much!
Let the wedding planning begin!
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