Allison and William

How We Met

This made sound cliche, but the second I saw Will at a college party in Newport, RI, I knew that there was something about him that I would never be able to get enough of. It was at a costume party around Halloween, and even though he was dressed in a ridiculous Sumo wrestler costume, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him. After that night we would continue to show up to the same parties, but we were both too scared to make the first move towards each other. One night, my roommates and I were having a party at our apartment. Even though I didn’t have the guts to invite him myself, I secretly hoped that he would show up. Sure enough, a couple hours into the night, he walked into my apartment with his roommates. I knew it was no or never, so I finally worked up the nerve to talk to him. I believe my pick up line was telling him that he looked like Steve-O from the MTV show “Jackass” who (thankfully and luckily) was one of his favorite celebrities. As pathetic as my pick up line was, it worked and from that moment on, we were inseparable. Every day I found myself falling more and more for the way he could always make me laugh and the way he would comfort me whenever I was stressed out about my nursing classes. We became more than a couple, we became the absolute best friends.

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How He Asked

Will and I had just finished an amazing dinner with my parents aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. We were in between ports sailing on our way to Cozumel, Mexico. After dinner, Will grabbed my hand as he usually does and continued to lead me out of the restaurant. When I asked him where we were headed, he said nothing. He flashed his famous smile and walked me to the elevators. He pressed the button of the highest deck on the ship. My heart started to race. We stepped out of the elevator and walked around the deck a little bit. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky that night and I swear the stars had never been brighter. He takes both of my hands in his and I can see he is starting to tear up. Before I can ask him what is wrong, he is down on one knee. I instantly break into tears as he pulls a small box out of his pocket and I hear the words, “Allison Jean Park, will you marry me?”. I manage to get the word “Yes!” out in between tears and he slips the most beautiful ring I had ever seen onto my finger. That night we both knew that our dreams were about to come true. We knew that we would spend the rest of our lives together, side by side.

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