Jim and Anna
How We Met
Jim and I have known each other since we were little kids. Our parents were in the same friend group and did a lot of things socially together, which made Jim and I’s paths cross a few times growing up. Although we knew of each other, we didn’t really ever “hang out” until we got to high school. I thought Jim was this “super cool” high school senior, and I was this awkward freshman with braces. We remained just friends, texting back-and-forth occasionally, until the summer after my freshman year in college. Jim and I bumped into each other at a party at a mutual friend’s house and immediately had googly eyes for each other. We decided to make it official and give our all to the idea a long distance relationship. Over my sophomore, junior, and senior years in Auburn, Jim was traveling a lot for work but made pit stops on the plains as often as possible. After moving home and graduating from college in the Summer of 2016, Jim and I finally got to be back in the same town. Six months later, Jim was down on one knee asking me to be his wife.
How he asked
Jim and I attend an annual charity function around Christmas time that is hosted by family friends of ours. The function’s attire is semi-formal, and Jim decided to plan the proposal around this night because it was a way to make sure I was dressed up without giving anything away. The party was supposed to start at eight that evening, but Jim asked that I be ready at half past five. If you know me at all, you know it takes me a solid two to three hours to do my makeup, hair, etc. I had no idea what Jim was planning, so there was no way I was going to be ready by his strict timeline. Side Note: Jim planned the proposal for six o’ clock so that my mom could be hiding in the bushes to take pictures of the engagement at sunset. Well eight o’ clock rolls around, it is pitch black outside, and I am ready to head out. Jim had been waiting on me for two hours at this point and looked as if he was going to pass out. I was grabbing my things and putting my shoes on as I ran out the door. When we got to my driveway, Jim asked me to stop.
I turned around, confused at why suddenly we were no longer in a rush, and saw Jim on one knee. He then asked me to spend the rest of my life with him, and I don’t think I could even get words out of my mouth. My parents and sister came rushing out to join us with flowers and champagne, and we all toasted to our future. Following our family celebration, Jim and I still went to the Christmas charity party and celebrated our engagement with our friends until the wee hours of the morning. It was truly the most magical night of our lives, and I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.