Lauren and EJ

How We Met

EJ and I met in the summer of 2014 through a mutual friend. I had just moved to Lake Charles, LA for a summer internship with the same company he worked for. I was nervous moving to a new city where I knew no one, but I fortunately made friends with the other interns. One intern was from Lake Charles and she had invited a group of us over to one of her friend’s house before a concert we were all going to that night (turned out it was EJ’s house) Unbeknownst to me, weeks earlier EJ had seen me in the hallway during my first day of work and asked her to introduce us. That night was the first time I saw and really met EJ outside of work and saw how fun and carefree he was. We talked to each other the whole night and I don’t think I even heard one song from the concert. It was immediate chemistry!

I remember calling my friends the next day and telling them all about him and how much I liked him. That whole summer we were inseparable but EJ was adamant not to start dating since I was going to move away at the end of the summer. Although he felt that way, he still brought me on his family vacation to the beach and introduced me to his whole extended family as “his friend”. The next week my summer internship was over and I moved back to Tuscaloosa and he stayed working in Lake Charles, LA. We talked every day and had already planned two trips to see each other.  By the time our second trip came up, we decided to start long distance dating. After spending the whole summer together, long distance sounded impossible. It consisted of many trips back and forth and long FaceTime conversations.

EJ got to experience some Alabama football games and we were able to do spring breaks and winter breaks together. I interned again for a second summer and we picked up right where we left off. After two long years of long distance and too many trips to see each other to count, I moved to Lake Charles after graduation. I had accepted a job with the same company I had interned with, and he still worked for. It was a bit of an adjustment from only seeing each other once or twice a month, to seeing each other every day. We were so giddy in the beginning and always joked about never having to say goodbye again.

How He Asked

This summer, EJ and I were itching for a vacation and decided to go to Athens and Santorini, Greece. We arrived in Athens after a long flight and immediately hit the ground running. EJ wanted to go to the Parthenon and Acropolis on our first day, so there we went. We walked up to the Acropolis and were just so fascinated by the buildings, and being able to see them in real life. EJ and I are both engineers so we were especially interested with the construction and how it was able to withstand all of these years. As we were walking towards the Parthenon, I was telling EJ that we had to get a great picture, and be on the lookout for someone we can ask to take it. EJ said that he had an idea, and started walking away from me.

He set his phone on a rock, and I realized he was setting up for a self-timer picture. I helped him set it up and he told me to back up so he could make sure the picture was lined up. He came running over and stood next to me. I stood there smiling for the picture as I noticed EJ wasn’t looking at the camera; he was looking at me. I told him, “EJ, camera you are going to miss the picture” and he responded that it wasn’t a picture. Immediately, I realized what was happening and started hysterically crying. EJ turned towards me and started to tell me how much he loves me and knows he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. Honestly, I blacked out because I was so overwhelmed with what was happening and couldn’t believe it was real life! After EJ told me the sweetest things I have ever heard in my life, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

Of course, through my tears, I said yes! Everyone around us started cheering. Ever since EJ and I met, I have imagined how he would propose and it couldn’t have been more perfect! EJ said he wanted to wait until we got to Santorini, but couldn’t wait until then.

The best thing was, since he videoed it, we were able to have video and pictures to send to our family and friends to break the news!