Brianna and Andrew

How We Met

Funny enough, though we knew each other through our attendance of the same church, we had only spoken a few times. Each of those encounters was brief and quite awkward. We really became friends by spending the day with our mutual friends at Six Flags back in 2016. We talked a lot during our long waits in the lines, and one of our first, and most memorable conversations we had was me telling him I could not imagine being an army wife! Though he was off-put by my comments, little did I know that military man would one day have my understanding quite clearly.

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Towards the end of the day, Andrew challenged me to go on a slingshot ride, which, I of course accepted. Though I was terrified, when we shot off, all I could do was scream and laugh. Hearing Andrew’s laugh alongside mine pulled my heart strings. At the top, waiting to come back down to the ground, we looked out on the setting sun, he made an off-hand comment about dusk and military tactics. But instead of being interested in that, I asked him about the most beautiful sunset he had seen. He thought for a moment and shared with me a memory of some time he had spent in South Carolina. It was such a simple moment, but it was a shift. It was that ride and the moments of screaming, laughter, and a conversation back down, that a small seed was planted.

That seed began to grow as Andrew began to message me every day. Ever since that day, there has not been a day that has gone by that we did not at least text each other. I knew I had a crush on him, but didn’t think much of it. But the more we talked, the more I knew my feelings couldn’t be denied. We quickly became really good friends. Since Andrew is in the military, we spend much of our time apart, which makes all of the moments together much more special. That year, Andrew was taking personal trips to Argentina and Guatemala that summer and was in town before his trip. We had scheduled a breakfast with a friend before he was going to catch his flight. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you see it), we had met up that day, and our friend had to cancel. Already seated, we just ate and talked for quite awhile, until it was time to go. I gave Andrew a hug before we parted ways, and I knew I was going to miss him while he was away, and from that hug, Andrew knew I was into him. While he was gone for those few weeks, he made his intentions of wanting to date more clear. Finally, in December of that year, after a few attempts, Andrew made me his girlfriend. And I’ve been happy with him ever since, dating for one and a half years. Currently, he is stationed in Arizona, and I am still in southern California.

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How He Asked

My mother told me one day that she had received 3 free tickets to the Huntington Library Botanical Gardens from a coworker, but would not be able to use them.I just thought “Wow, what a lucky break and an awesome coworker.” A few weeks prior I had visited the location for the first time, and I fell in love immediately. I love libraries, museums, and flowers! While I was visiting, I thought to myself “I should drop some hints to Andrew that this would be a great location for a proposal.” But I never followed through. My mom suggested my sisters and I take the tickets, get dressed up, and take pictures for my sister’s upcoming birthday. So the day of, I got dressed and ready to take pictures with my sisters. I am texting Andrew all the while, telling him where we were at and what we were doing. That whole day, I kept thinking to myself “today would have been the perfect day for him to propose.”

When we arrived, the first place I wanted to go to was the art exhibit. While we were looking around, I was having a grand time, but I noticed the birthday girl was hinting that she wanted to leave. Finally, we went outside and to the rose garden. I found some beautiful roses in one corner of the garden and had knelt down to take a picture of it, dreaming of my own wedding. I finally got my snapshot, and stood up and turned around, only to find Andrew standing behind me. I was speechless. He was supposed to be in Arizona! When I saw his face, I immediately knew what was happening. The world seemed to stop, I couldn’t stop shaking, and he looked at me and said “Bri, there are many different ways that I could tell you how I feel. But I am going to sum it up in one phrase: I love you. When I look at you, I see my future. I see my partner. I see my home. I see my kids. I see my wife. I am utterly in love with you Brianna. Will you marry me?”(I had to ask him about what he said later, as I was so overwhelmed, I could only remember bits and pieces.) I could hardly breathe as tears welled up in my eyes and I looked at him, now down on one knee. I, of course, said “Yes!” He gave me a beautiful antique diamond watch. We took pictures in the garden (my sisters were great photographers), and that night we ate dinner with our family and friends to celebrate our love. Our proposal was more perfect than anything I could have dreamed of. We are now so excited to begin this new chapter of our journey as Husband and Wife!