Anh Thu and Hoan
How We Met
Hoan and I met at a conference 3 years ago in Dallas, TX. I was coordinating speakers for the conference and Hoan had been selected as one of our workshop speakers. I had conversed with his assistant via email and did my brief google search on him prior to the conference to ensure he was a good fit, I saw a few pictures of him and didn’t really think much of it. Conference day came and I was running around frantically in my flip flops that morning ensuring everything was in place. Somehow, I ended up in the lobby at the exact same moment Hoan walked into the hotel. I remember seeing him and thinking, omg Hoan is here… this is slightly embarrassing where is the volunteer that was supposed to meet him here?!
I did my best to act nonchalant and said, “oh my gosh, hi Hoan!” and I remember him leaning down, putting his bags down on the floor, and as he heard my voice knelt up looking at me and dashed his charming smile my way and said hello. In that moment, I was totally caught off guard and thought woah, he is way better looking in real life. I led him to the registration table and showed him where to place his belongings all the while trying to make casual small talk. As we parted ways that morning I couldn’t help but think oh thank God I was there to greet him because that would have looked poorly on our organization if he had been standing there not knowing where to go. But in addition to that, I was sort of taken back by how charming he really is.
How He Asked
The day of the proposal I was still jet lagged from my red eye flight into Minneapolis but also stressed because I had an online presentation for class that evening and I had found out earlier that my slides had gotten deleted so I was just really anxious to get home. My best friend Ann and I had gotten a late lunch that day and I told her I should probably get home early to work on my presentation so after a little stalling on her end she said “ok, but before we go home can we quick run an errand? I have to go pick up tickets at the Orpheum Theatre.” I said, “sure” and we were on our way to downtown.
She decided to park in this parking lot near the Orpheum and I thought… hmm this looks oddly familiar. And as we drove in and parked, I looked up and said, “oh hey this is where Hoan and I had the [before I die] wall date!” And she was like, “oh yeah?” And I was like, “…yeah!!” Once the car came to a stop I told her I would sit in the car and wait for her since it was sprinkling out and she said, “oh… I need two people to pick them up.” In my head, I was thinking, that’s odd… I’ve never heard of that before. I noticed she grabbed an umbrella and walked over to my passenger car side and got me out of the car. I got out and was still thinking, this is so weird that she is having me go pick up tickets with her. As we continue bickering, all of a sudden Ann goes, “ugh, just look over there” So then I look over and there is Hoan standing under an umbrella in front of a “Before I die” wall and I literally just bawled my eyes out.
In that moment, it felt like time just stood still because I was completely floored! I had a variety of different emotions run through me from shock, to guilt, to feeling so incredibly loved. I couldn’t believe he had been working on all of this without my knowledge! I also couldn’t believe it was me who was getting proposed to… It’s like you dream of it as a child, you think about it growing up and wonder what your proposal would look like and here it was happening right before my eyes. It’s a good thing it got documented because looking back now it felt like such a whirlwind.. but the most dreamy, thoughtful, romantic whirlwinds of all time :)