Nate and Ally

Nate and I met when we were 12 years old on a soccer field, on opposing teams. We were both very competitive from a young age so we weren’t the closest friends early on, to say the least.  But when we ended up at the same high school, our rivalry became an incredible friendship. Nate became my best friend!

We both played soccer for our school, we were both captains, and we were both the manager of each other’s team.  On November 13, 2006, Nate met me after my Honor Society meeting and we walked out to the common area where all the students wait at the end of the day for the buses to show up.  Before I knew it, he was on one knee in front of everyone, with a ring made from a sticky note, asking me to be his girlfriend! I was shocked and of course I said yes!

Then this year, we heard about a competition for DE’s Most Creative Couple, put on by UD Football and Orly Diamonds.  The winning couple would get a $10,000 diamond ring!  We decided we didn’t have anything to lose, so we entered.  There were 7 weeks of challenges and once you won a challenge you became a semi-finalist.  We entered the second week challenge “Show Us Your Place” where we took pictures at our favorite place to be, in a creative way of course.  When the semi-finals came around we started “Campaigning for Carats.”  We had to get people to come to Orly Diamonds in the Independence Mall on Concord Pike in Delaware to sign our book we made and vote for us to be in the finals. We invited all our friends and family and also did campaigning around the University of Delaware as well as the Independence Mall.  On Thursday November 10the finalists were announced on 94.7 WDSD and we were one of them!!  Orly Diamonds gave us a cardboard box with 9 rules and we were instructed to decorate this box in any way as long as we were super creative.

We brought the box to the UD Homecoming Football game 3 hours before kickoff.  Unbeknownst to us, they were asking people to vote on the most creative box which would determine the winner!  The final four couples were brought out on to the field with our boxes.  On the count of three, the guys opened the boxes the girls looked in hoping to see that we had won.  Nothing was in our box so I assumed we hadn’t won. BUT THEN, Nate looked on the bottom of the lid to the box and there was a hot pink piece of paper taped to it that said “WIN”!! He held it up to the crowd like a trophy and the stadium erupted in cheers!

From that point on everything was a blur.  The cameras came in close, Nate was given a microphone and started telling me and the rest of the stadium how much he loved me and how I was the woman he was going to spend the rest of his life with!  Then right before my eyes he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I, of course, said YES!

Saturday was the most amazing day and it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly.  On November 13, 2006, Nate had gotten down on one knee, with a sticky note ring, in front of our entire high school, and asked me to be his girlfriend.  Almost exactly 5 years later on November 12, 2011, he got down on one knee in front of thousands of people at UD and asked me to be his wife. I think I’m still in shock, I can’t stop smiling, and I am the happiest girl in the world!

Here’s the video!