Heather and Jeff
How We Met
Heather: Jeff and I met at St. Martins University in Lacey, Washington during the fall of 2006. He played soccer and I played volleyball. Both of us being involved in athletics lead us to have mutual friends. I thought he was a cute German exchange student and I was homesick for Germany because I had just moved from Stuttgart. He turned out to not be German and was a cute local boy. We would see each other and were friendly but didn’t start dating until 2008 after I got home from Air Force training. Through a mutual friend, we started spending more time together and eventually started to date seriously. We would date on and off (mostly on) while we both pursued our academic goals. We always say we did everything backward because we first bought a house, then had a baby, and finally got married. Our story isn’t traditional in any sense but it is real. We have known each other for over a decade and have grown up together. I knew something about him was special in the cafeteria but I had no idea I was asking my future husband if he was German.
Jeff: Heather and I first met at Saint Martin’s in 2006. It was a brief meeting but there was something about her that immediately attracted me (apart from how gorgeous she is). She walked up to me in the cafeteria one day and asked me if I was German, I was confused and I think she took that the wrong way because she still teases me about it to this day. After that, we didn’t immediately start dating because we were both in relationships and the timing wasn’t right. We reconnected through a mutual friend after we had both left Saint Martins in 2008. When our mutual friend asked me if I wanted to hang out with her I was very excited because at this point I was single and remembered the weird but very beautiful girl that asked me if I was German.
For our first date, we went and saw a movie together and held hands for the first time, I still remember her little hand sitting in mine and the butterflies in my stomach. Something was happening and only now looking back do I realize that I was falling in love. After that we dated while we both finished college, we even took breaks a couple of times but we always realized that we needed to be together and would almost immediately end the break… we couldn’t be apart! I finally realized that I needed to make it official and had known for a while that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this wonderful woman and my best friend. I asked her to marry me in December of 2015. I took her to Kerry Park in Seattle, got down and one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. She made my dreams come true and said yes and here we are now!
How He Asked
It was January and he took me my favorite restaurant in Seattle The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House on 2nd Avenue. I remember being excited to go on a date because it had been awhile. After the date, he asked if I wanted to go to Kerry Park which is an iconic park in Seattle that has an amazing view of the skyline. It wasn’t unusual for us to go to Kerry Park because we use to get bubble tea and go to Kerry Park all the time in college. Well, it had been 3 years since college and I hadn’t been in a long time so I was feeling nostalgic.
He started acting odd once we got there and parked the car I could tell something was wrong. I thought maybe the food wasn’t cooperating with him and I asked if he wanted to go home. He said no and played it cool. He started telling me how I was his best friend and how he didn’t want to go through life without me. Then he got down on one knee and asked me if I’d marry him. Of course, I said yes! It was a perfect drizzly Seattle evening that I will never forget.