Jaime and Nolan
How We Met
Nolan and I first met in high school back in 2007 through athletics at school. We became friends in 2009, however our senior year in 2011, we grew closer through being captains of the football team and cheerleading squad. One day after a game, I saw Nolan on the other bus through the window with ice wrapped around his shoulder. I texted him asking if he was okay and his immediate response was, “Who’s this?” The rest is history.
[Homecoming 2010; Nolan is #54 and I’m standing directly behind him.]
How He Asked
I had just graduated nursing school, and although it was the most rewarding four years of my life, it was also the most challenging as well. I promised myself that as soon as I graduated, I was going on a deserving vacation before cracking down to study for my boards. Nolan and I booked our first solo vacation to Walt Disney World on January 1, 2015. What better way to start off the new year?
We flew out for our week of relaxation on June 9th. There is something about Disney that makes me feel like a child and get so excited every time. It’s my favorite place that I’ve traveled to, and I always imagined how ‘extra magical’ it would be to get engaged there. Nolan knew I felt that way as well evidently. As a chef himself, Nolan always chooses the best restaurants to have the most incredible dining experiences. He had booked a reservation for 8:30 at California Grill in the Contemporary Resort. The food was second to none that I’ve ever had in my life, and the window seat he requested that overlooked Cinderella Castle made the night more beautiful.
After timing the reservation just right, we were allowed to go onto the balcony and watch “Wishes”, the nightly firework display at Magic Kingdom. The view from the top floor was remarkable, it overlooked Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon. Just when I thought the night couldn’t get better, it did… “Some day my prince will come” sang across the balcony and next thing I knew, I heard my name. When I turned around, Nolan was down on one knee and said, “Will you marry me?” I must have said, “Are you serious?” at least three times before saying, “Yes!”
Watching the rest of “Wishes” was surreal. My wish had come true! Once the display had finished, I rightfully thought that was the end of the surprises. However, when we returned to our table, before me was Cinderella’s glass slipper on a plate that said “Congratulations”. Engraved on it was “Happily ever after” and “June 12, 2015”. If I hadn’t thought Disney was the most magical place on earth before, I certainly did now.