Claire and Sean
How We Met
Sean and I went to high school together. We had silly teenage crushes on each other since freshman year, but because we were both terribly shy, we NEVER spoke in person. We would get home from school every day, and the first thing we would do was jump on the computer and instant message each other. But, if we saw each other in the hallways the next day, we would make awkward eye contact and scurry away from each other. Four years came and went in this same cycle. We graduated high school and went our separate ways.
One day when I was leaving work, I got a text message out of the blue from a number I didn’t recognize. I could tell just by the way he texted me that it was him (funny how 4+ years of AIM messaging would pay off). He had been attending school several hours away, and had heard that I might come visit some friends that attended his college. It was his “in” to talk to me again, as he told me many months later.
From that point on, we texted every single day. We decided to meet officially for a movie and ice cream when he came back to our home town for spring break. I nervously walked up to the theatre and saw him standing inside in front of a glass pane with his back turned to me. I somehow came to the conclusion that it would be a great time to try to scare him. “BOO!” I yelled through the window. He barely flinched, smiled, and awkwardly met me at the door. I immediately wanted to melt onto the floor with embarrassment, but we had an awkward hello, and (six years later) here we are.
How He Asked
We had just celebrated our six year anniversary, and were headed to Estes Park in Colorado for a week of hiking and mountain fun. Our very first hike was to the peak of Lily Mountain. He insisted we get there early, since the trail gets pretty popular during the day.
The hike was long, and required some climbing to reach the very top. I was exhausted, and being a bit squeamish with heights, I was pretty hesitant to join him at the very top of the mountain. He was the only one up there, and after some convincing, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t take in the view with him. I gave in and stepped onto the top to see the most incredible view of the mountains surrounding us. My nerves got the best of me and because of the height, my knees started to shake. I sat down to collect myself a bit and take in the view. “Let’s take a picture together” he said.
I thought nothing of it, because the view was so beautiful, it was definitely worth a few photos. He set the GoPro to a self timer. After a couple shots, he looked at me with a sly grin. “Guess what?” he said. He started dropping to one knee, and I think my face says it all.
He always told me when he asked me, I would “never see it coming” and that “it would blow me away.” Man, was he serious. It had been my dream since 2008 for him to be my boyfriend, and here he was on one knee on top of a mountain with the most beautiful view I had ever seen, asking me to be his wife.
I didn’t even think to look at the ring he was holding, but he placed it on my shaking hand and my breath was taken away once more – it was perfect. Through a LOT of shaking and tears, I said yes! I had known for so many years that he was the one, and I can’t believe I get to call him my fiancée, and someday my husband.