Brooks and Candler
How We Met
After fifteen minutes of meeting Candler, I went home and half jokingly-half serious told my roommates at the time, my sophomore year of college in South Carolina, that I thought I had met the man I was going to marry. Now, almost three years later, I’ll be graduating in May and marrying the most incredibly kind and warm-hearted person I’ve ever met. I never could’ve pictured that silly thought could’ve turned into such a beautiful reality. Our first “date” was at a University of South Carolina football game on a Thursday night. We were tailgating with a big group of people, but somehow when everyone was entering the game, it ended up being just me and him. In the thousands of screaming fans at the game, my heart was only set on this incredibly compassionate man next to me. I truly couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face. As the game was ending, it started pouring down rain (granted I was wearing a white dress! Embarrassing!) We ran back to my apartment, which was just down the road from the stadium, and talked for most of the night. The new few months (which turned into years) we went on dates, studied together, laughed together, cried together, and have shared some of the most joyful, incredible moments that I’ve ever experienced.
How He Asked
A few weeks ago, Candler and I planned a trip to go to New York City for a few days in the beginning of our spring break. He told me that he scheduled a reservation for Monday night at this incredible restaurant right outside of Central Park at 4:15 (which I thought was a little early for dinner but didn’t question it!) and that to get to the restaurant he wanted to leave a little bit early and walk through the park. As I was getting ready to go to dinner he disappeared for a little while and was acting incredibly nervous, like his mind was somewhere totally else. We drove to the area of the park that was closest to the restaurant and began walking through the park. Earlier in the week, he told me that he was looking at rings and was going to talk to my dad, but I assumed that there was no way that a ring could’ve been ready or purchased so quickly, so I didn’t get my hopes up, but knew that something was off with how nervous he was acting! We walked towards the Gapstow Bridge, where Home Alone was filmed and he pulled me aside to take a picture. All of a sudden he gets out a note about how he has loved me since the very beginning and how after our very first date, he went home and told his roommate that he met the girl he was going to marry. (ironically I said the same thing to my roommates after only 15 minutes of meeting him!) He got on one knee and of course, speechless and in tears, I said YES! After I said yes, the photographer introduced herself and we went on a photoshoot around Central Park, followed by an incredible dinner at Daniel (which was actually a 5:30 reservation). The ring was actually his mom’s engagement ring diamond that he set in a beautiful halo of diamonds, which was so incredibly special to me, that I will always treasure! I truly couldn’t have imagined anything more perfect and I am so in awe that I get to spend the rest of my life with the kindest, most loving and compassionate I have ever met!