Lanie and Nick
How We Met
Nick and I met when we were just 15 years old as sophomores in high school. We met through a mutual friend and quickly became good friends. He even took me to my first homecoming dance (see photo attached). We remained good friends throughout high school, but it was not until our senior year that we started dating. The rest is history. During the nine years that we have been dating, we spent six of those years on opposite sides of the country (Wisconsin and Florida) pursuing our individual academic and career aspirations Despite the distance and time apart, we still managed to love, support and grow alongside one another and as a couple to finally get to where we are now, in the same city (finally!) and ready to start our life together as husband and wife!
How He Asked
It was a normal Friday in early April when Nick popped the question. He had recently received a promotion at work that week so we had made plans to go out to dinner to celebrate that evening. Nick met me outside my office after work and told me that we had to kill some time until our dinner reservation and suggested that we go for a walk since it was finally feeling closer to springtime in Chicago. As we walked down towards the lakeshore path, the sun was setting and Nick suggested that we stop to take a selfie along Lake Michigan with the city skyline in the background. I hesitated because I noticed there was a photographer nearby taking photos of the skyline and I did not want to get in the way. Nick insisted that it would only take a second and that we wouldn’t get in the way. We walked to the edge of the water to take the photo. Instead of holding up his phone to take a photo, he put it in his pocket and reached for both of my hands. He took a deep breath, smiled and began by saying “hi”. I responded with a puzzled “hello…?”.
He continued by saying that even though I thought that tonight was about celebrating him, it was actually about celebrating us. That’s when I knew something was about to happen. He got down on one knee and proposed… and I said YES! After I had recomposed myself, Nick told me that I needed to meet the photographer who I had been so concerned about interrupting before. We walked over and the photographer took off her sunglasses. To my surprise, it was one of our close family friends and she had captured the whole thing. We popped a bottle of champagne and laughed about how surprised I was by the whole thing. Nick then told me that we were not actually going out to dinner because we needed to be able to make calls to our families and relatives because while they knew he was planning to propose, he had not disclosed that today was the day.
I quickly agreed and we hopped in a cab back to his place. On the way there, I was eager to call my parents and siblings to share the news, but Nick insisted that I wait until we get to his place so that we could FaceTime them. We arrived at his apartment, he led me through the front door…. and SURPRISE! I walked in to see all of our closest family and friends there smiling, cheering and jumping with excitement. Flustered, I quickly put my hands over my face (something I used to do when I was a little girl when I got surprised or embarrassed).
It was not until I saw my parents and my two younger sisters step forward out of the crowd that the reality of our engagement hit me and that’s when I cried… happy tears mixed with laughs. We spent the rest of the evening of our engagement toasting champagne and laughing with our families and closest friends. It was truly the most perfect proposal that I could have imagined because we got to celebrate it with the people that we love the most and we cannot wait to celebrate our marriage with them all in 2019.