Natalie and Kent
How We Met
Kent and I met at his fraternity party when I was a freshman and he was a sophomore at the University of Kentucky. We instantly hit it off and have been inseparable ever since.
We spent many nights studying at Willy T library and attended fraternity and sorority events. We also adopted a dog and have continued our adventures together. Kent graduated from UK and has been working full time for about two years while I finish pharmacy school at UK.
How He Asked
After over four years of dating, we finally booked a trip to Puerto Rico-where I was born and spent 2 months every year visiting my family when I was growing up. I was so excited to show him a huge piece of my life and my culture. We planned a ton of activities while were we there–horseback riding on the beach in Isabela, hiking in El Yunque rain forest, kayaking in Fajardo at the bio-luminescent bay, visiting the caves in Camuy, zip lining in Orocovis, lounging at the Punta Salinas beach, and finally a trip to Old San Juan. We rented a car for the fist four days since we were traveling all over the island to fulfill our bucket list. Little did I know that Kent had been scheming before our trip to Puerto Rico even began…
We had a normal activity-filled morning at the Camuy caves, dropped off the rental car at the airport, and then got cleaned up to eat dinner in Old San Juan at Raices, a restaurant that serves traditional Puerto Rican food. Kent had recently started dabbling in vlogging (video blogging), so he had his phone and tripod with him, which was not unusual since we had been documenting our vacation the whole time. During dinner, Kent was sneakily texting his friend Andre about our whereabouts so that he could stalk us and capture the big moment.
Kent and I wandered the beautifully colored streets of Old San Juan until we arrived at the Paseo de la Princesa (Walkway of the Princess). We reached the end of the walkway and saw the Raices fountain and Bay of San Juan in the background. Kent set up the tripod to take a video of us in front of the fountain. As we approached the fountain we posed for the video, he turned to me and said, “Isn’t this great? But what if I made it better…” got down on one knee, and said “We’re on the Paseo de la Princesa, you are my princesa, will you marry me?”
Of course I said YES! Meanwhile Andre came out of nowhere and captured the moment. We all continued walking the city, visiting El Morro, and celebrated with drinks and ice cream.