Bethany and Travis
How we met: Travis and I met on OkCupid. Never in a million years did I think i’d meet the man of my dreams online. We met at Starbucks for our first date, and we talked until they closed and kicked us out. I know this sounds cliche, but something was different about him. He was so genuine and sweet, and the conversation was so easy. We had date 2 and 3 within a week, and by that point we were hooked on each other. A month or so later we were out to dinner, and he handed me his phone. The screen said “OkCupid Account Deactivated”, so I immediately did the same. It’s been almost 2.5 years and I still can’t get enough of him.
How he asked: I am a very curious person and it’s really hard to surprise me. I knew a ring was coming in the near future, so of course I was so careful to have my hair, makeup, and nails done any time we went out. The night before the proposal, I threw a surprise party for Travis’s birthday. I guess we were both so preoccupied with our surprises for each other that we never really picked up on what the other was doing. Saturday morning we drove down to my parents house in Midlothian to spend the day with them. I had picked up on some clues that there was a chance it could happen that weekend, but with my track record, I knew that if I thought it was happening, it wasn’t. We would be with my parents, so there was no reason to dress cute, or put on makeup. It was snowy and freezing outside, and just as it started to sleet really hard, Travis claimed to have a headache and needed “fresh air”. I did not want to go outside.
As we walked down to the lake, it dawned on me that Travis seemed like he knew where he was going (he’s only been out by the lake a small handful of times). We walked up to these 2 frozen rocking chairs on the dock, and Travis was insistent on us sitting down. I think at that point I knew what was happening, but I was still in disbelief.
Travis quickly dropped to one knee, and I was immediately distracted from the water seeping into my pants! I swear if my brain could flatline, that’s what it did. I don’t remember anything he said. I covered my mouth and my eyes filled up with tears.
The ring was gorgeous. He had my grandmother’s diamond re-set, and it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Travis took my glove off, placed the ring on my finger, and kissed me. It was surreal. Just as I thought this moment could get any better, I saw my sister video taping, and my dear friend Nicki taking pictures. I ran to them and wrapped my arms around them. Travis’s proposal may not have gone exactly as planned (he was hoping for snow, not sleet!), and our video isn’t going to get a million youtube views, but to me it was perfect in every way.
Photos by: Nicki Metclaf