FROM THE BRIDE
How They Met:
In the summer of 2016, I had completely written off dating. Of course I wanted to meet someone, but didn’t know where I would do so. I felt like I already knew everyone in my hometown and quite frankly, I was tired of always seeing the same people. I wanted someone new; someone no one else knew anything about and someone I could start fresh with. But where was I going to meet someone when I still lived at home and never really went anywhere?
Cue my Aunt Roxanne who convinced me that meeting people online was the way to go these days and that I should try it out. At first, the idea was totally thrown out. Online? I would never find my special someone through a screen- or so I thought. I downloaded the Tinder app on my phone along with a friend mainly as a means of entertainment. I never actually thought I’d meet anyone on it, especially with it’s less-than-stellar reputation. Sure, I had a few conversations here and there, but nothing more than a few days of talking, and I was back to the drawing board. I often deleted the app because I didn’t think anything positive would come out of it; that is until late June of 2016.
I redownloaded it one rainy day only to find that I had been “super liked” by an ‘Eric I’. I was flattered and of course went to his profile to see what this fella was all about. He looked to be a decent, upstanding guy so I swiped right. BEST DECISION EVER. I messaged him right away with a simple “Hey!” and then proceeded to have a very nice conversation. I really loved that he wasn’t like the others I had talked to previously on the app. He was sweet and very gentleman-like. After a few days, he asked to take me out to dinner and on Friday, July 1, 2016 I met the person I would unknowingly fall head over heels with. I knew on that day I had found someone so special, but I could have never known how much he would mean to me now, over two years down the road.
The Proposal Story:
I am the absolute hardest person to surprise. I ask questions and think about things way too much, so I still can’t believe he pulled this off! Monday, June 18, 2018 started out like any other weekday. I went to work (nannying) and then came home to eat dinner quickly before I left to coach my ice skating lessons that evening. Lessons were totally normal until the last 5 minutes. I was just finishing up when my boss called me over to the wall. Confused, I skated over to ask what she needed. “Time of my Life” (from Dirty Dancing) started playing over the speakers and with that, about a dozen girls skated over to me one by one handing me a rose. I was still SO confused until I saw Eric and my heart totally melted. It wasn’t until that moment I finally realized what was happening. He skated toward me, tripped and slid onto his knees right before he got to me (definitely the best part) and then asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes and could not stop smiling. I was so shocked and excited! I still can’t believe I get to marry my best friend. We are both so excited to start this next chapter of our lives!