Natalie and Quincy
How We Met
We met when a mutual friend introduced us at a drinks party after my graduation, and started chatting immediately. We followed up our meeting with lunch and then a dinner and Christmas mulled wine before Quincy left Edinburgh for the holidays. That was in 2011, and despite distance we stayed firm friends until we began dating over two years ago.
How He Asked
We were staying in West Texas for our first Christmas together, and we had just put up our Christmas tree. We decided to exchange a small gift to mark the occasion and Quincy gave me a note and a box containing a Russian matroushka doll he had bought there a few years ago. I read the note and then opened the dolls, and in the third one was a beautiful ring. When I looked up he was on one knee and asked me to marry him right there in front of the Christmas tree. I laughed and cried and of course said yes – immediately! We kept the news to ourselves that evening and the next day, and announced our engagement to our families on Christmas Day.