Mallory and Jake
How We Met
Jake and I have known each other since we were little kids. We grew up going to the same church, but it wasn’t until our junior and senior years of high school that we really made any sort of connection. In the Spring of 2014, Jake went on a mission trip to SE Asia with a group from our church. In that group was my childhood best friend. Naturally, when they returned I wanted to see her and hear all of their stories, so I just tagged along with the group starting then. Friendships had been formed over the mission trip, so by default, I just got lumped into this friend group. As the course of the Spring and Summer went on, the friendships became even closer and Jake and I were practical with each other all the time. I, being slightly oblivious to the world at times, didn’t notice that he was definitely interested in me, but over the course of time, my feelings caught up to his feelings. He left for college in August of 2014 and we weren’t totally sure we wanted to start this “long distance” relationship. About a month went by where he was at college and I was just starting the Senior year and it was no doubt that we both missed each other and couldn’t go a day without chatting. On September 26, 2014, I turned 18 and on September 27, 2014, he asked me to be his girlfriend.
How He Asked
All I knew going into this day was that I was going on a picnic date with Jake that evening. I spent the majority of the day celebrating one of my best friends receiving her Aggie Ring! He picked me up for dinner and took me to one of the local parks in College Station. The thought of getting engaged on this day hadn’t even crossed my mind.
We rounded the sidewalk and approached a table in the gazebo area that was set with a tablecloth, candles, and a bouquet of roses. At this point, I knew something was up. He set the picnic basket down on the table, opened it up, and pulled out the ring box.
We had to walk a little ways away from the table so that we could be in the right place for the photographer hiding behind the trees. He said so many really sweet things to me (some of which I don’t even remember now) so I was already a little emotional. He got down on one knee, asked me if I would marry him, and of course, through the tears, I said YES! We enjoyed salad, sushi, and wine after it all.