Kristen and Daniel
How We Met
Daniel and I met on my first day of high school in Spanish I nearly 10 years ago! I only knew a few people in the class, but I quickly took note of Daniel. I remember so many things about that day and the weeks following. How he first talked to me by asking my friend for a pencil but me beating her to the punch by giving him one first. How he learned to whistle in order to get my attention. How he asked me to help him our first class project just so we could spend some time together. But most importantly, I remember his smile. It was goofy, honest, and genuine. It was impossible not to smile back, and since then he’s been an immensely special person in my life.
How He Asked
Since the day I met Daniel, I’ve always noticed how extremely thoughtful he is in any and everything he does. So when we started discussing our future together, I just knew that when the day came for him to propose, that it was going to be extremely special, very well thought-out, and it was going to be about us. I certainly was not wrong.
On a fall trip to Charleston, SC with one of my best friends from college and her boyfriend (Kelly and Mikey), Daniel asked me to marry him.
We had spent the first day of our trip doing what we love, spending time with friends and eating all of the good food we could find. That evening, before dinner, we shared a really nice bottle of wine and then turned in relatively early in preparation for our next day full of shopping on King Street (or so I thought). I had a lot of things on my list that I wanted to look for, see, and do, so my mind was completely focused on the objectives ahead.
Well the next morning came and we enjoyed breakfast with Kelly and Mikey before parting ways to hit the town. We made good time moving through the shops and our arms were quickly filling up with bags. After lunch, the last thing on our list was to walk all the way down Meeting Street to The Battery. Daniel and I had been to Charleston together before and strolling the streets, taking in all of the beautiful homes and the rich history was definitely our favorite part. So, I was especially looking forward to this part of the day. As we drew closer and closer to the water, Daniel got more anxious to get there (I barely picked up on this at the time, haha), all the while, I was distracted by the historic houses and the horse-drawn carriages passing by.
Taking me by the hand, we made it to the park. Daniel walked me through the gardens under the live oaks. We passed a wedding ceremony with people buzzing around to make sure everything was perfect for the bride who would make her appearance soon. We passed children and families playing and taking photos. I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait to share life like that with Daniel one day – it’s like God shaped the perfect day in White Point Garden to prepare my heart for what was about to happen. We made it up to the water’s edge and all I wanted to do was to sit down on the nearest park bench and take in this moment – but Daniel insisted that we keep walking up to the corner where Murray Blvd meets East Battery. So we walked, hand-in-hand. We reached the plaques on the ground that point out to Fort Sumter and tell of the deep history of Charleston. I read them, like I always do. Then of course, in the true magic of Charleston, dolphins started leaping through the water and we stood there in excitement.
While I was distracted by the people and places and wonder of everything around us, Daniel took the opportunity to grab my hand and spin me around. He fell to his knee and he asked me to marry him. Before he even got the words out, tears began streaming down my face and I just remember repeating, “YES, YES, YES” over and over again! I couldn’t believe it! In the middle of a perfect day with the perfect man in the perfect place – a place that we both loved so dearly, Daniel asked me to be his bride and his wife. He took me in his arms while everyone around us cheered for us. Shortly after, Kelly and Mikey ran up and embraced us – they had known all along and were hiding in the park to make sure that they captured the beginning of our forever on camera. The rest of the day was an incredible blur and all I wanted to do was savor every second of if with Daniel. We went out for drinks with Kelly and Mikey and then we went out for dinner by ourselves to Poogan’s Porch – our favorite Charleston restaurant – where we celebrated with more applause, a round of champagne, and a delicious dinner. Every single detail about the way Daniel proposed was and is so special to me. I think about it daily as we prepare for marriage and I am so thankful for him thinking me worthy of being his wife.
As if the proposal itself wasn’t enough, Daniel had a second surprise for me the next morning. We had planned to get brunch on the way out of town and he had made a reservation for us at Virginia’s on King. When we arrived to the restaurant, we were ushered upstairs to a private space where there was a table stretched across the back wall. The table was nearly full and there were two seats remaining. It took me a moment to understand what was going on, but when I finally did, I realized that at that table sat my nearest and dearest friends waiting for us to celebrate our engagement! Needless to say, I started crying all over again. Having my friends there to celebrate us was by far the best gift I could have ever asked for. To know that these ladies cared so much about our love and future that they would make the drive to Charleston to be with us and to know that Daniel cared so much about my friendships that he wanted them to be a part of our celebration was almost too much for me to handle.
To this day, and for the foreseeable future, I am in awe of Daniel, I am in awe of his thoughtfulness and selflessness and love for me and our future together, and I am in awe of the love and support we have gotten from our friends, families, and people we surround ourselves with. I know that everyone thinks their proposal story is the best, but I am absolutely certain that our story was the most perfect story for us.