Jessica and Eric
How We Met
Eric and I met our freshman year of high school. We were in the same Spanish class, and didn’t know each other very well. Throughout the year we texted off and on, but I didn’t really see him as more than a friend. As the next couple years went on, I sent a ton of mixed signals on whether or not I liked him. I think I was still trying to figure that out for myself. Sophomore year Eric asked me to homecoming, and I said no! I ended up going in a group to that homecoming and both of us ended up not having the best time that year. However, as the next homecoming approached, I started thinking I really wanted to go with him to the next homecoming dance, but he already asked another girl. After that dance, we started talking, and I was trying to send hints that I liked him. Eric asked me to be his girlfriend officially our junior year, December 22, 2011. After giving him so many mixed signals, I am so incredibly happy he was always there for me, was always choosing me, and is continually choosing me every day still.
How He Asked
Eric and I are high school sweethearts, so I could not wait to finally be engaged to him. Throughout college we talked about eventually getting married and what our lives would look like in the future. Eric always wanted to be able to set a good foundation before we got engaged. When he accepted a job offer, I was hoping the proposal would come extremely soon. As months went by, I bugged him even more about getting engaged.
I am a planner, however, Eric is not. I love surprises, but never thought that I could be surprised. Little did I know that Eric gave me the biggest surprise of my life.
Eric and I were supposed to meet a few friends down at Indiana University (my Alma Mater) for a fun weekend back. We planned to go to Oliver Winery, which was one of my favorite places in Bloomington because of the beauty, relaxation, and wine! As we got closer to the weekend, my friends started backing out, due to work and personal conflicts. I was a little discouraged, but we already booked a hotel so we still went down for the weekend.
My best friend, Amber, was planning on meeting us for the day, so as I was trying to plan out the details, I was surprised when Eric was so insistent on going to Oliver semi-early. As we were getting ready, I kept trying to add things to the day. As I looked out the hotel window seeing the farmer’s market, I asked if he wanted to go to get something. (When I lived in Bloomington, Eric and I would frequent the farmer’s market, where he loved getting pepper plants and honey.) He flat out said no. I also asked if he wanted to go to the local brewery, which I knew he wanted to get some sour beer. He said no. I asked about getting lunch and again, he said let’s just go to Oliver. Not trying to be difficult, I agreed.
As we were on our way there, I was texting my best friend, giving her updates on construction, how to get there, and what our estimated arrival was. She told me that she would be five minutes late, so I told her we would just sit out on the deck and wait for her before we started the wine tasting. As we walked in, their was an employee who showed us to a table on the corner of the deck that overlooked the blooming trees, greenery, and the pond. We weren’t sitting there long when Eric said, “Oh, Amber’s here!” When I turned around, I had no idea what I was about to see!
My family, Eric’s family, and my best friend were walking towards us, all smiling and looking beyond happy. At that moment I burst into tears, knowing exactly what was happening. I turned back around to see Eric down on one knee, telling me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and then of course asking “Will you marry me?” Of course, I said “YES!” Although that moment was a complete whirlwind, I will remember that exact moment for the rest of my life.
As I cried, laughed, and was trying to process everything that just happened, the most prominent thought was that I am the luckiest person in the whole wide world. I get to spend the rest of my life with the most remarkable man, I am surrounded by our families, and it is the most perfect day!
Not only was the day perfect, but he planned all of it, included our families, hired a photographer, had my best friend make sure I looked and dressed cute, and allowed us time to enjoy the moment! The rest of the day we were able to drink wine, take a ton of engagement photos, and celebrate with our families! It was amazing to feel the outpouring of love on that day. Both of our immediate families, my grandparents, and my best friend and her family drove 3+ hours, while my cousins drove over 4 hours. To add on even more, there were cupcakes in the shape of a ring, heart shaped cookies that said “He Asked” and “She said Yes”, AND popcorn that said “He popped the question!” That night my parents booked a nice dinner for everyone where we continued to celebrate as well!
I always read the stories on How He Asked and would cry because they were so amazing. Looking back on this day, I still cry thinking of how incredibly perfect it all was. The love of my life went above and beyond to make this day special and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with this man!