Paige and Bri
How We Met
Paige and I grew up in small neighboring towns in eastern Kentucky. Our paths often crossed throughout the years as we both attended the same college but at different times. We had many mutual friends being from neighboring counties and from Morehead State, so it was only a matter of time before we found our way to each other. One night, I was visiting Morehead as I had already graduated and I bumped into an old friend at the local karaoke bar. My friend was very close to Paige and decided she would play a little game of matchmaker. She called up Paige and convinced her to join us at the bar so she could introduce us, knowing we would hit it off. And she was absolutely right. We stayed up the whole night and into the early-morning hours talking. Before we knew it, it was 8:30 a.m.
With no sleep, I headed back to Lexington where I was currently living but I couldn’t stop thinking about this girl that finally got me like no one else ever had. I got back to my apartment and planned on just lounging by the pool. Somehow I got up the courage to ask her to come see me and we could just lay by the pool all day. She said yes but she had a question for me. She asked if she could bring her puppy. Instantly, I responded duh! She showed up an hour later with an 8 week old German Shepherd puppy and when he fell in love with my puppy, we knew we were in for trouble. The four of us have been inseparable ever since.
How He Asked
On the day that Paige planned to propose, to say things didn’t go as planned is an understatement. We were supposed to meet a group of friends at the Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati, but half of the group was running late. We went ahead and went inside while we waited for everyone else to arrive. It was so packed and I had suggested that we just stand at the entrance and wait but literally, no one would listen to me and I was starting to get very frustrated. I could tell something was up. Paige would barely say more than one word to me and I didn’t understand why we were rushing through everything and not waiting for the others to arrive. Every time I would walk near Paige, she would get away and dodge me. I even attempted to put my arm around her or hold her hand a few times and she would jerk away from me.
This was extremely out of the ordinary for us as Paige and I rarely ever had arguments or disagreements. When the rest of the group finally arrived, we all went back to the entrance to meet them. Outside, one of our friends suggested we take a walk down to the levee to check out the Cincinnati skyline. I was so impatient because now that everyone was here, I didn’t understand why we weren’t going in. I took a deep breath and told the control freak in me to take a chill pill and just enjoy the day. As we walked down the path, I was taking in the skyline and reached for Paige’s hand. And once again, she pulled away.
Getting truly upset, I think Paige could sense I was not having a good day and I knew something was going on. She finally turned to me and asked if I wanted to take a picture since we both looked nice and the skyline was so beautiful. Instantly, every one of our friends turned around with their phones out ready to be our paparazzi. We stood smiling and I felt my heart racing and my cheeks getting red. I didn’t understand why we needed 6 people taking 6 different angles of the same photo. And then it hit me as Paige turned her head and started to say in my ear how much she loves me. I turned and looked at her and then she said, “I want to spend the rest of my life you.” I was in complete shock and I asked her what she was doing but deep down, I knew.
She was knelt down on one knee and she finally asked, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life with me? Will you marry me?” Through tears, I barely was able to say yes before I grabbed her and pulled her up to hug me. She put the ring on my finger, sending chills all over my body. She picked me up and kissed me. I am so lucky that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.