Nicole and Andrew
How We Met
Andrew and I met at my cousins wedding on June 12th, 2015. My cousin was marrying his childhood best friend and we met at originally at the rehearsal dinner. We didn’t immediately hit it off but when I heard he lived in Philadelphia and I just so happened to be moving to Philadelphia later that summer I decided to try to talk to him. He of course blew me off with his excuse of moving to Arizona in August to pursue his PhD; I was bummed but not so easily deterred. The next day, the day of the wedding, we continue talking, he brought me champagne, asked me to dance and we were inseparable the rest of the night!
We started to date right as we simultaneously moved to different cities, but we both wanted to give the relationship a shot anyway. We dated long distance for six months before Andrew told me he was moving back to Philadelphia, getting his previous engineering job back, and wanted to move in together. I was hesitant moving in with a guy I hadn’t even known for a whole year, but it was the best decision of my life. In our two years together, we have explored our home city as well as numerous cities all over the world. Our relationship is filled with fun and adventure and love and laughter. The city of brotherly love has seen our love for each other blossom and grow and I love the life we have built together.
How He Asked
Being a flight attendant offers us numerous spur of the moment travel opportunities. We have done weekend trips to Glasgow, United Kingdom, Lisbon, Portugal and this past weekend we decided to head to Ennis & Shannon, Ireland. We arrived on Saturday, July 29th, checked into our AirBnB and were ready to hit the ground running. Our host had suggested we check out the surrounding areas of Ennis, Limerick, and Bunratty. We ultimately decided on Bunratty, as it had a castle and grounds to explore as well as an infamous pub and shops in the immediate vicinity. When we pulled up to the castle and it was as magnificent as I thought it would be; we grabbed a drink at Durty Nellys (infamous pub) and headed into the castle.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park offers you a look into 15th and 16th century Ireland with a restored castle and cottages as well as beautifully manicured grounds full of animals and wild life. After touring the castle and grounds, we decided on Durty Nellys for some much needed lunch and Guinness. We finished our drinks outside in the sun and I was thankful it turned out to be a beautiful day. We were sitting at a picnic table with the castle and pub as our backdrop as Andrew took my hand and told me how much he loved me, loved travelling together and loved being each other’s partner in crime.
As he started to unzip his pocket and took out a ring box, he said he would not leave Ireland before he made me an honest woman. (A phrase I had joked about for months, since we were living together but not engaged) The tears immediately started to flow as he walked around the table and presented me with the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. He slipped it onto my finger as I said Yes and we hugged and kissed right in front of the castle and its onlookers.
The ring fit like a glove and was more beautiful then I could have ever imagined. Other tourists offered to take our photo and the moment was just fantastic. After the shock wore off, we headed back to Ennis and took some “just engaged” photos and headed back to our AirBnB. Our host greeted us with a champagne toast and even performed an Irish blessing on my ring. We finished the night at a wonderful local dinner spot, where we received tons of congratulations and free Guinness. This trip turned out to be the surprise of a lifetime and one I am sure I will not forget.