Carrie and Jesse

How We Met

Jesse and I met in December of 2016. I was one semester into nursing school and was on break, and my sister had suggested using a dating app. I was pretty busy being in school full time, so I thought I would be a good idea to go through a more selective process. Jesse was the first person I met using the app, and after meeeting for drinks at a local bar, I knew there was something different and special about him. After that first date, I couldn’t get enough of him. We hung out almost every day while I was on that break from school, and I made sure to let him know that once school started again, I would become much more stressed and have less time for hanging out. He was so incredibly supportive and understanding for the remainder of the time I was in school (another year and a half), despite my melt downs and constant stressing about exams and clinicals. He was always there for me. He even started a tradition of making me dinner the night before an exam.

Carrie's Proposal in Brasserie de Novo

Where to Propose in Brasserie de Novo

Proposal Ideas Brasserie de Novo

Carrie and Jesse's Engagement in Brasserie de Novo

How he Asked

The night Jesse proposed is truly a night I’ll never forget. He texted me that Tuesday morning and said that he wanted to do something spontaneous that night and suggested we go out to dinner (and going out on a weekday night was certainly spontaneous for me since I had to wake up at 5 am the next morning to get to the hospital for clinical). At first, I said no because I knew I had to be up early, and I suggested we get lunch instead. He reluctantly complied, and after thinking about it some more, I said why not? We won’t get back late, and I would have to eat dinner eventually. He made a reservation and told me that where we were going was a surprise. I immediately thought we were going to a restaurant in town we had always talked about going to but never actually made it there, so I was excited. That afternoon, as I sat down to study, I thought for a brief second, “I wonder if he’ll propose.” As quickly as that thought came, it left. We have talked about getting engaged and spending our lives together on numerous occasions, but I figured he would wait until nursing school was over (which would have been a few weeks later) or when we eventually moved in together.

Anyway, later that evening he came to pick me up from my house and we started walking into town. He was being so sweet and romantic and told me how much he loved me, but that wasn’t out of the ordinary for Jesse. He was always so sweet and romantic, which were traits that made him so special. When we began to walk down Chestnut Street, I knew we were going to Brasserie de Novo where we had our first dinner date. When we got to the front of the restaurant, he said he wanted to go in to check and see if the table was ready since the restaurant has seating times and we were a little early. I said “ok” and unknowingly waited outside as he was busy giving the hostess the ring box. He came outside and said they needed a few minutes to get the table ready, so we waited outside and then headed in.

When the hostess took us to the table we sat at on the first date we had there, I saw a single sunflower propped up in a cute little vase and said, “Aw! It’s our table!” Then I glanced at the table next to it, which was cloaked in dozens of sunflowers. Peeking out behind one of the flowers was a ring box. At first, I thought maybe it was an early graduation present, like a pair of earrings or something. A second later, reality set in and I realized what was happening. I turned around, looked at Jesse, and said, “What’s happening?” That’s when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was truly the happiest day of my life. I was so emotional I started to laugh a little (a nervous laugh kind of thing) and said yes while holding back a few tears. I never thought I would meet someone like Jesse, and I really am so lucky that I did. I can’t wait to say “I do.”