Alexis and Jordan
How We Met:
Jordan and I were college sweethearts. We met at a frat party first semester of Freshman year and were official by February. He asked me to be his girlfriend in the stairwell of our freshman dormitory at the University of Miami. Throughout college our friends went in and out of relationships, but we never wavered. We spent every night together and our relationship only grew stronger and stronger. We were each other’s date to every crush party, semi-formal and formal all throughout college.
By senior year, anyone who knew us would have told you that we would be married one day. So when it came time for graduation, it was a no brainer that I wanted to take the next step into the real world by his side. After college, I moved to Atlanta, where Jordan went to high school and had secured a job, with no job, no family and no friends there. I knew that being with Jordan was more important than anything else, he was my perfect match. I haven’t regretted my decision a day since. In Atlanta we only fell more and more in love and grew closer together as we grew up.
How He Asked:
Fast forward to almost 8 years after meeting and 7.5 years of dating. In May, Jordan and I booked a trip back to Miami to go to the Miami vs. Nebraska football game in September (We’re both big Canes football fans!), or so I thought. Turns out that the entire time he was planning the proposal. The Friday morning before the game, he told me we had to meet his friend’s dad on campus to pick up our tickets for the game. I’d stayed up late the night before and did not want to get up in the morning. I kept asking if he could just pick up the tickets by himself, but he was insistent we both had to go together.
The University of Miami campus is one of the most beautiful campuses, all of us joke that we spent four years of college at a country club (When we weren’t in SouthBeach of course!). There is a big lake in the middle of campus with a gorgeous fountain, it couldn’t be more picturesque for a proposal. We got dropped off in the middle of campus and he told me that we had to pick up our tickets at the fitness center on the far end past the freshman dorms. He led me on the path around the lake and as we walked he started reminiscing on the four years we spent together there.
As we got closer to the freshman dorms, where he asked me to be his girlfriend so many years ago, there was a break in the path with a little circular courtyard overlooking the lake. Jordan said “lets take a picture next to the lake real quick” and my heart started to race. He guided me into the courtyard right next to our freshman dorms, turned me around and said “I couldn’t think of a better place to ask you to marry me.”
That’s all it took and I was in tears. I was crying so hard he couldn’t even finish his speech. So he just got down on one knee, and opened the ring box. I don’t even remember if I actually said yes, I was so overcome with emotion.
It turned out that the whole time my sister-in-law had been trailing us across campus and captured amazing pictures of our special moment. As soon as the proposal was over, Jordan whisked me into a car and told me we were going back to my brother’s house, where I thought we were staying, packing our bags and moving. He wouldn’t tell me where we were going. We packed up our bags and he took me to the Manderin Oriental hotel on Brickell key, a five-star hotel with stunning views of the bay and downtown Miami. He had a room for us there and there was champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting. But he wasn’t done yet.
He told me we had big plans for the day, starting with lunch downstairs. When we walked into the hotel restaurant our parents were there waiting for us. None of our parents live in Miami, Jordan had arranged for my parents to fly in from Dallas and his from Milwaukee and completely surprised me. It was absolutely perfect. #ThePerfectProposal Unfortunately, I never made it to the football game, instead we took the opportunity with all of our parents there to start planning our perfect day, our wedding, in Miami. While I’m disappointed I didn’t make the game (or the beach), I have to say it was the best weekend/trip of my life and one I will remember always.