Meredith and Evan

How We Met

We both moved to Stamford, CT around the same time about 5 years ago. We met casually through mutual friends and a kickball league. We started hanging out a lot with one or two other people but soon became inseparable. We found ourselves eating almost every meal together on the weekends and had pretty much started dating before we even became aware of what was happening. Crazily enough, Evan wasn’t brave enough to actually kiss me until my younger brother was in town visiting which was awkward at the time but is a funny story now. After that trip, my brother told me that Evan was the first guy he’d seen me date that was a good match for me. We’ve been together for almost 4 years now. We’ve been by each other’s sides through a lot the past few years (from horrible roommates/Apartments to parents losing homes, jobs, health, etc.), and one of the things I love best is that Evan says we are a team. We can do so many wonderful things together, and we can survive all sorts of awful things together too. Some of our traits are quite opposite (I’m a busy body, Evan is a couch potato. I get very tense, Evan is very calm), but we temper each other so well and push each other to be better. We love to travel, go on adventures and try new things together. We are truly so lucky to have found each other in this big crazy world!

How He Asked

After dating for over three years, engagement had been a common topic of conversation between Evan and me. We were definitely on the same page with things and it was just more of a question of “when” rather than “if.” Evan spent Christmas with me and my family in St. Louis, which was the perfect opportunity for Evan to talk to my dad about his plan to propose. Evan actually purchased the engagement ring while in St. Louis over the holidays.

On Saturday, January 6, it appeared that Evan and I were on track for a completely normal, average weekend. Our biggest plan for the day was to take my car in for an oil change. As we were relaxing at home that morning,, Evan casually mentioned that he was keeping his eye on his email to see if the front desk of our apartment complex had sent him a package notification. Evan explained that his dad had used his Amazon account and “accidentally” forgotten to change the shipping address, so the package he was waiting for wasn’t for us, but for his dad. This story seemed a bit peculiar, but not necessarily outside of the realm of possibility, so I didn’t question Evan about it.

When it was time to get my car from the shop, I said I wanted to stop at Starbucks on my way home and that I’d be 10 minutes behind him. While I was grabbing coffee, Evan was frantically driving home to retrieve the package his dad supposedly sent to our apartment. It turns out, the package was an engagement ring, not an accidental Amazon purchase by his father! Evan picked up the package from the front desk and only had a few minutes to check out his purchase before I would be getting home too. In a panic, he shut himself away in our walk-in closet to take a look at the ring in private just in case I got home earlier than anticipated.

When I arrived at home, Evan seemed his typical relaxed self. He asked if I wanted to go out to dinner at one of our favorite spots downtown that night, and of course I said yes. Then, Evan proceeded to take an afternoon nap on the couch. He was so calm I convinced myself that my earlier suspicions about the package were nothing at all.

Dinner was nice and totally normal. When we got home, I went into the bedroom to put on some comfy clothes. When I came back out, I immediately noticed that Evan had a hand behind his back. Right then and there in our living room, just us two, Evan got down on one knee and proposed. He had spent a very long time looking for the perfect ring and as soon as it arrived earlier that day, Evan felt like he wanted to propose right away. After I said yes, we called and Facetimed our loved ones to share our big news. Somehow a totally normal day turned into a life changing one.

Special Thanks

Crystal Stewart Photo
Photographer
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