Easton and Lizzy

How We Met

I had gone to a church party. It was one of the parties where everyone brings everyone who then brings everyone. I had met a man that night that one of my friends brought, and seemed super nice. We talked a lot and he was very kind. Party ended, we all went home. I was on Facebook about 2 weeks later and saw a profile picture that I thought was him, I couldn’t remember his name. I sent Easton and friend request thinking it was the man I had met at the church event. After he excepted it I was creeping on his profile to make sure and I came to the realization that it was in fact another man. I then went to unfriend him, because I don’t like people following or befriending me on soc media who I don’t know, you never know these days, and he messaged me. He asked, “Do I know you!”, and I replied no and that I was sorry for the mistake I thought he was someone else, and he immediately started flirting. I had no interest in being in a relationship, so I shot him down each time he threw something of those sort my way. We talked for about 3 weeks before our first date, during that time we really got to know each-other. He was actually really wonderful but I had only began to scratch the surface of this incredible man. He continued to flirt and I continued to ignore it, then he sent me a picture of a Virtual Reality headset on.

I replied, “That looks like something from Tron”, little did I know he was a nerd like me. He asked,”Did you just make a Tron reference?” I just replied yes, trying to figure out if that was a good or a bad thing, and he replied “I need to take you in a date asap.” So I agreed to go on one date, just to try it out. About 3 days before our first date I was giving a shift at another store, and he disclosed he was about 10 min down the street at his grandparents house. I didn’t want to get in over my head so I decided I was just going to go home and I wasn’t going to see him. We are both very religious which may have had a hand in it but I Right before I started my car I had an extremely powerful experience telling me very bluntly that I needed to see him that night. At that point it was in deniable, so I asked if we could meet at IHOP while I wrote one of my final papers. And as you can assume, I never actually ended up turning in the paper, I was so scatter brained by him all night my essay made absolutely no sense and I wasn’t about to rewrite it instead of messaging him all night long. Then we went on our first date The Saturday following that Wednesday.

On our first date we went to a aquarium, play Escape the room in Scottsdale, AZ, and we finished the night walking around the art galleries down that Main Street as they were all closing. I have a very deep love for art, all kinds. I’ve been drawing since I can remember taking art classes in kindergarten in my elementary school and I’ve been painting oil for almost 8 years now. It has gotten me through my parents divorce my diagnose of depression, it has been my outlet and my rock. Until he came into my life, he took over that roll. That night he became my best friend. We sat on a bench outside of a gallery with the statue of Einstein and talked and laughed and sobbed for hours and hours. We talked about everything from our likes, dislikes, struggles, successes and everything in between. I expressed how much I loved the art inside that I could see and how much I wanted to go inside. He promised we would come back eventually during the day to look. Months and months passed, we tried to make dates where we could go and spend a day there since it had become our place, but things always got in the way, getting called into work, taking care of siblings and other necessities. But he kept his promise, he did take me back, and it was for the happiest day of my life so far.

How He Asked

He took me completely by surprise. I had absolutely no idea what so ever. I had been slightly suspicious about 2 weeks prior when we first started planning our date that’s night but he put that idea to bed quickly. Little did I know he was planning a lot more of the date than what was in the surface.We started talking about getting engaged, and how we both wanted to spend the rest of our lives together a couple months after being together. We both knew that was what needed to happen.Well, in case you guys didn’t know weddings are expensive. So we decided we were going to stop spending money and start saving up more and storing away money for the wedding and emergencies. He stated he wanted to go on one last big date, get dressed up nice restaurant the whole shebang. I was suspicious, then he made a comment saying we probably shouldn’t spend as much as we thought we were going to because he still needed to purpose, so I disregarded the thought.

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Art gallery

We got dressed up, I wore his favorite dress and got my hair done, we got him a new shirt. I was worried because we were pushing our time, I thought they closed at 5:30 and it was 5:20. Little did I know they closed at 5 and he had arranged for it after hours. We went in to the same gallery he had promised to take me to with the Einstein statue out front. and the lady greeted us and I thanked her and Easton guided me around the corner. I saw a man in the corner and I was relieved because I thought as long as people are here they wouldn’t close. I noticed something out of the corner of my eye that said MARRY ME? and thought oh that’s cute someone made their proposal an art piece. It was beautifully done, a beautiful white easily holding a big poster and flowers and candles all around. I turned to look at it and I read Lizzy in big letters across the top, then it clicked. I was so surprised and overwhelmed with joy I couldn’t hardly think, Easton had to drag me in front of him.

Proposal Ideas Art gallery

He got down on one knee and I couldn’t hold back my tears, I was so happy. He expressed how I made him the happiest man in the world and how no one could make him as happy as I did and asked me to marry him. I replied yes and we hugged and cried for a good three minutes. I didn’t even register the world around us, I had no idea our families had come out from behind the walls to see it happen, all I could see was him.

They all laughed because I made comment on the perfect size and my mom said, “I know I tried it on”, and that was the first time I looked up and I had no idea they were there so it took me a second to register that it was them and not bystanders. I couldn’t stop crying, I was so overwhelmed with the fact that I have the opportunity to be married to the love of my life and best friend. He then took me to Ruth’s Chris for dinner to celebrate our engagement. They gave us a complimentary apple pie with a candle and said make a wish, I turned to Easton and said, ” you know this is totally dumb and corny, but I honestly have nothing to wish for, you make all my dreams come true.” We then cried like 2 year olds some more and then we went to the mall to run errands and he dropped me off at home. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire night and I haven’t since. I get to marry my best friend, there’s no better reason to smile.

Special Thanks

Adam Riding | 
Photographer