Jenny and Sam
How We Met
From Jenny: It’s so amazing to think back when I first met my fiance, Sam. He was a junior and I was a sophomore in high school. We were at a pool party where he gave me a simple “hi Jenny” and I, being the awkward person that I am, just stared at him. All I could think was “oh my gosh, he knows my name.”
After I got over my initial speechlessness we ended up having one of those conversations that make you think, “woah.” I was smitten. Not only was he beyond adorable but I could just tell that he had a sincerity to him. After that first conversation we started texting, then those texts turned into phone calls. We would talk for hours and hours about everything and anything. Three-ish or so months later he finally asked me to be his girlfriend.
Fast forward our high school love to nine years later and we’ve shared so many amazing experiences together, from exploring new countries, to sitting on our couch binge watching The Americans, there is no one I would rather go through this crazy life with.
How He Asked
After spending 10 days in Iceland with the ring burning quite the hole in my pocket, I knew today was the day. We drove to the trailhead at Skogafoss Waterfall and were met with the most intense winds we’d experience on the trip. Right off the bat she was contemplating if we should still go on the day hike that I had planned; but never fear I used my superior persuasive skills to convince her that it would be a great hike.
The first 20 minutes of the trail were straight uphill and flooded with tourists but as we continued to hike we had all of this beauty virtually to ourselves. We hiked for another couple of hours, at times almost blowing into the river due to the winds. We stopped for lunch at a waterfall about an hour further up the trail and sat behind a hill so that we were shielded from the wind. We sat there, hiding from the wind and had one of the best conversations we have ever had, about mostly things that have been weighing heavy on my heart.
I honestly didn’t intend to have that conversation then, despite the plans to propose, but it made it all the more special in that I was able to talk through things that were bothering me with my best friend and future wife. We spent about two hours sitting at the top of this waterfall halfway between the ocean and a glacial pass, and it was two of the most precious hours spent on this trip. I knew it had to be soon, but I wanted to keep going up to the Glacier.
About 45 minutes later winds just became too much. We couldn’t go any further and I knew this had to be it. I came up with some excuse to step away to collect my thoughts and try and calm my nerves… but it didn’t really help. Despite being with the girl of my dreams for almost 9 years, I was scared out of my mind and couldn’t stop my hands from shaking. I held the ring in my right hand as I walked back over to the mound of rocks that Jenny was sitting on.
Now, I can’t even remember the first words I said to her, but I just remember starting a sentence then getting down (on a sharp rock) on my right knee and asking her to marry me. It was the scariest, most exciting, and exhilarating question I’ve ever asked in my entire life and still to this day can’t believe she said yes. She is the most amazing, unselfish, and loving woman I’ve ever met, and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.