Rachel and Nathan's Super Sweet Skydiving Proposal

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How We Met

Nathan and I met in 2011 through mutual friends while he was attending the Air Force Academy and I was going to MSU of Denver. He had a girlfriend at the time so we ended up becoming just really good friends. Never acting on the seemingly evident crushes we had each other, we continued our friendship throughout college. It wasn’t until the fall of 2013, when Nathan sent me one of his “lame” snapchats. Assuming he and his girlfriend broke up, I decided to reply and thank God I did. We’ve talked every single day since. Nate is a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force and is stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. In 2014, I took a leap of faith and left my beloved Colorado, and home of 26 years, to go live with him. Who knew that we would be engaged 1 year later. Here’s how it happened:

I had always wanted to go skydiving and so did Nathan (just kidding, he didn’t AT ALL!) Every time I would ask him about it, his response would be, “Why would you ever want to jump out of a perfectly good plane?” Well someway, somehow I convinced him to take me over the Fourth of July weekend (my absolute favorite holiday). Knowing how scared he was to jump, never in a million years would I think he would propose to me on the same day. So on the morning of July 3, 2015, Nate and I set out on our skydiving adventure that would later became the best day of our lives together. I remember looking over at him on the drive up there and thinking to myself “Oh my gosh, what have I done?! He has no color in his face!” Little did I know his paleness had nothing to do with skydiving, and everything to do with proposing to me! After the quick training and short flight up to 30,000 ft., I watched Nathan take his jump, or what he would say “his plunge of death.” Meanwhile, the pilot was telling my instructor and I that there was “heavy wind traffic” and that we need to make a few more loops before jumping out. I didn’t find out until later that this was all a lie. They needed Nate to land before I did so that he could set everything up. So after several laps in the air, it was finally my turn to jump out. Not only was I flipping (literally) through the air but I was screaming at the top of my lungs, “THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!” Much to my surprise, it really was about to be “THE BEST DAY EVER!” As I landed on the ground, I noticed Nathan just standing there in the distance, as if he had been traumatized for life. As I got closer, I saw a 20ft. banner pinned to the grass that read “Rachel Ellen Smith, Will You Marry Me?” and Nathan was suddenly on one knee with a ring in his hand. Aside from our actual wedding day, that will forever be the best day of my life.

How He Asked

Nathan and I met in 2011 through mutual friends while he was attending the Air Force Academy and I was going to MSU of Denver. He had a girlfriend at the time so we ended up becoming just really good friends. Never acting on the seemingly evident crushes we had each other, we continued our friendship throughout college. It wasn’t until the fall of 2013, when Nathan sent me one of his “lame” snapchats. Assuming he and his girlfriend broke up, I decided to reply and thank God I did. We’ve talked every single day since. Nate is a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force and is stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. In 2014, I took a leap of faith and left my beloved Colorado, and home of 26 years, to go live with him. Who knew that we would be engaged 1 year later. Here’s how it happened:

I had always wanted to go skydiving and so did Nathan (just kidding, he didn’t AT ALL!) Every time I would ask him about it, his response would be, “Why would you ever want to jump out of a perfectly good plane?” Well someway, somehow I convinced him to take me over the Fourth of July weekend (my absolute favorite holiday). Knowing how scared he was to jump, never in a million years would I think he would propose to me on the same day. So on the morning of July 3, 2015, Nate and I set out on our skydiving adventure that would later became the best day of our lives together. I remember looking over at him on the drive up there and thinking to myself “Oh my gosh, what have I done?! He has no color in his face!” Little did I know his paleness had nothing to do with skydiving, and everything to do with proposing to me! After the quick training and short flight up to 30,000 ft., I watched Nathan take his jump, or what he would say “his plunge of death.” Meanwhile, the pilot was telling my instructor and I that there was “heavy wind traffic” and that we need to make a few more loops before jumping out. I didn’t find out until later that this was all a lie. They needed Nate to land before I did so that he could set everything up. So after several laps in the air, it was finally my turn to jump out. Not only was I flipping (literally) through the air but I was screaming at the top of my lungs, “THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!” Much to my surprise, it really was about to be “THE BEST DAY EVER!” As I landed on the ground, I noticed Nathan just standing there in the distance, as if he had been traumatized for life. As I got closer, I saw a 20ft. banner pinned to the grass that read “Rachel Ellen Smith, Will You Marry Me?” and Nathan was suddenly on one knee with a ring in his hand. Aside from our actual wedding day, that will forever be the best day of my life.
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