Alyese and Corey
How We Met
I first saw Corey in the chapel of our undergrad. It was at the opening worship service of the school year. I was playing the piano and leading worship and he was sitting in the fourth pew across the church. As the service progressed, I would often glance up and catch him looking at me. Being a senior, however, I had little to no interest in this young freshman football player and chopped it up to a little college crush. Soon after, we became friends when his roommate blurted out one night that he had a major crush on me and he quickly ran away. We would speak whenever we saw each other and eventually exchanged numbers. After I graduated, we continued to stay in touch occasionally texting each other. A year later, I returned for the summer from grad school with plans to attend a friend’s graduation party. I didn’t have anyone to go with so I decided to reach out to him and invite him to go with me.
He agreed and we had a great time together—but, I made sure it was clear that we were still just friends. We continued talking every day even when I left for the entire month of June to go back to Nashville and take a summer class. By the time I returned in July, I realized that despite my very best efforts, I was slowly but surely falling for him. We decided to go on a date after I returned from vacation in July. Seeing as how our only form of communication during this entire time had been by phone, we were both very excited for this date (despite him being over TWO hours late—he claims because of traffic)! After spending practically every day together for the rest of the summer, he officially asked me to be his girlfriend on August 1, 2015.
How He Asked
About a month or two ago, Corey informed me that he would be representing SGA on homecoming court this year and asked if I would be his escort. Thinking nothing of it, I agreed to walk on the field with him. We had been talking about marriage and getting engaged, so as my birthday approached at the beginning of October, I was hoping that he would pop the question at my birthday dinner. He did not, however, and needless to say, I was very disappointed and found myself giving him a hard time about it. Tensions were high over the next couple of weeks as he did his best to keep the actual proposal a secret and I did my best to convince him that there would never be a “perfect” time to propose and he would just have to do it! The day before homecoming at our undergrad, we travelled to his hometown to attend the homecoming game at his high school. On the ride back, I confessed that I had been hoping to get engaged on my birthday and that I had been trying to think of another time he could do it.
I even went so far as to say that I had thought about him proposing at homecoming the next day but that there would be way too many people and it would not be nearly personal enough and that I probably wouldn’t like it. Little did I know that those were his exact plans. Homecoming day arrived and we made our way down the football field together. The winners were announced and Corey was not crowned king. Thinking that we were about to head off the field I suddenly hear the announcer say that the SGA president had a special announcement to make.
I turned to him to see what announcement he had to make that I didn’t know about when I saw the same look in his eyes that I did years earlier in the chapel. To the cheering approval of the crowd, the football team, the band, and the entire homecoming court, he grabbed both of my hands and proceeded to tell me how much he loved me and didn’t want to spend the rest of his life without me.
The next thing I know, he was down on one knee in front of my family (surprise!), my friends, and the entire college, asking me to become his wife.