Brianna and Daniel
Daniel and I met my freshman year of college at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL in August, 2006. We soon became very close and he was one of my best friends for four years. We had a very close and unique connection and no one quite gets me like he does.
In fall 2010 we lost touch and soon after, I moved to Nashville, TN. Although I missed my friend, we were in very different places both geographically and in our lives in general. I thought of him often, and always hoped the best for him. In June of 2013, he reached out to me on Facebook and we reconnected. It was as if no time had passed and our friendship started back full force. This time, however, there was something more there.
We quickly developed feelings for one another and before I knew it, I was head over heels for this amazing man. Never did I know I would find the man of my dreams in my longtime friend…but there he was and I couldn’t be happier. We pursued our relationship long distance for a short while, and in December 2013 we took a chance and he moved to Nashville.
How He Asked: On May 3, 2013, while hanging out in my apartment, Daniel “went down to the car” and while he was gone there was a knock on my door.When I looked through the peephole to see one of my best friends Dom standing there, my heart began to beat…FAST. I knew what was going on, but I was so confused at the same time. She was holding a napkin from subway (symoblizing where Daniel and I first met) and a note from my beloved. The note told me how he had no idea on the day we met at Subway, that I would be the girl he fell in love with and instructed me to get dressed! It was going down.
Before I could digest what had just happened, there was another knock and another of my best friends, Meghan showed up. This time with a bag of skittles (his nickname for me) and another note telling me how, like skittles, I bring a rainbow of happiness into his life. And how they also symbolized the time I broke a bag of skittles in his dorm room and they flew everywhere.
The third and final knock came shortly after, and it was my Mom holding a dress. She simply said “You can’t get engaged without your mom, and a dress.”
I got ready and they drove me to Centinneal Park in Nashville where my amazing man stood, waiting for me. He told me that the bag of skittles also represented how he will always be there to make me smile and bring color to my life, and the napkin showed how he would always wipe my tears away.
Then my best friend, and the love of my life asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. And I, of course, said YES. It was the perfect unique proposal to match our special love story.