Danielle and Spencer

How We Met

Spencer and I met in 7th grade. I was a new student trying to make friends and he was a well established 7th-grade athlete. By the end of 7th grade we had many mutual friends, but never really became friends ourselves. Two years had gone by and we had a few classes together here and there. Spencer made every single person laugh throughout the classes we had together. I’m not sure I absorbed anything from algebra. It wasn’t until 10th grade, in geometry this time, that we became good friends. Spencer would pull my hair and I would turn around and give him a look because I knew another year would pass without me learning anything.

Danielle's Proposal in Shackleford Banks, North Carolina

2 years later (this time not in math class) we started hanging out officially. It was the senior year in high school and it was the best year of high school for me. I laughed my way through senior year and when it was time to go off to college I knew that Spencer was the one I wanted to make me laugh for a long time. Even living an hour away from one another at separate schools we made it work. After college, we moved back to our hometown, moved in together after 6 years of dating and continue to laugh every day.

Where to Propose in Shackleford Banks, North Carolina

How He Asked

My parents live in North Carolina and Spencer and I traveled there for vacation the first week in July 2018. Our favorite place to visit when we are there is Shackleford Banks in the Outerbanks. Its a National Seashore with wild horses and absolutely beautiful. My family and Spencer really wanted to go to the island on Saturday even though the forecast called for thunderstorms. I tried to convince them all morning that we should go another time, but they all insisted on going. Later in the morning, we got on the ferry to head over to the island and it started to downpour. Heavy rain filled some of the boats but we eventually made it to shore. We got off the ferry and it started to hail. I ran for the water because I knew it would be warmer than being on shore being hit by hail. After searching for shells for a while the rain died down, but the clouds remained dark.

I decided to take a nap on the beach and when I woke up Spencer asked me to go for a while. I said I didn’t really want to go, but that I would anyways. (I’m glad I went on the walk) As we were walking down the beach we came to a spot in the sand that said: “marry me?” It took me a second to put it together, but I looked back and Spencer was on his knee. That’s when he asked “will you marry me? I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” I cried and kept saying “you tricked me”, but finally said “YES”. It defiantly taught me to not be afraid of a little rain.