Shannon and Alex
How We Met
When I was a junior in high school, my family and I drove to Colorado for a friend’s graduation. The night before the ceremony the school hosted a talent show, and it was there that Alex came up and introduced himself. It was clear immediately that we had chemistry, but he lived in Colorado and I lived in Nebraska. I dismissed it and didn’t think anything would really come of it.
As luck would have it, Alex and I ended up attending the same college in Lincoln, Nebraska. During the first few years we would sporadically cross paths. Although we both dated other people, any time we saw each other was a blast. He was so goofy and funny, I was always laughing with him! I remember thinking that he was so unique and extremely handsome, and any girl would be lucky to have him. We both ended up having classes together over the years, and made it a point to work together when the opportunity arose. Little did I know, we were creating the foundation to fall in love and become best friends for life.
Alex went on to graduate and I continued with my studies. During my final semester, I began an internship in Kansas City. Coincidentally, Alex had accepted a job offer there around the same time. A handful of mutual friends came down from Lincoln one weekend to visit shortly after I moved. Neither of us had seen each other since we moved to Kansas City, and from that night on we began to rekindle our friendship.
The butterflies began when we started texting everyday for hours upon hours. Texting turned into coffee dates, which turned into hour long conversations, which turned into real dates, and then back to coffee dates! We both love coffee! It didn’t take long before we were together every chance we had, and he quickly became my best friend. Each day we hung out was like an adventure. I could not get enough of his goofy personality and how funny he was! It was weird but also comforting that we just seemed to click so well. I can honestly say that interning in Kansas City was the best decision I ever made, because it lead me back to Alex. It literally makes me smile every time I think about my time there.
How He Asked
By the time I graduated college and finished my internship in Kansas City, we both decided independently that we wanted to further our own education. As luck would have it again, we both found opportunities in Florida. Alex was accepted into a specialized masters program, and I was accepted into a law school in a nearby city. I couldn’t believe how timing worked out perfectly in our favor.
By my 2nd year, the coursework was really taking its toll. As desperate as I was to make it home to visit my family in Nebraska, it just didn’t seem like an option. But in early November I was able to arrange plans with my mom to fly home and surprise my dad for his birthday. It was perfect, I had a slight gap before finals and hadn’t seen my family in months. I invited Alex to come with, but his work and school schedule just didn’t allow him to make it. I had no idea that Alex had actually coordinated the entire weekend with my parents and best friends!
That Friday afternoon, my mom picked me up from the airport. We had our typical homecoming date: coffee, lunch, and a manicure. During all this we discussed how we were going to surprise my dad that I was home. My younger sister came home from class and we got dressed and ready early before dad was home from work. It was perfect, we made a plan to run downtown to a cute bakery and pick up a cake for dad’s party and then all meet at a restaurant for dinner. During the drive down my sister started acting funny and nervous, but I shrugged it off and thought she was just worried dad was on to our plan to surprise him.
We finally found a parking spot and started the trek to the bakery. Suddenly, a close friend of mine popped out of an alley we were walking by. I was so caught off guard, how did he know I was in town and what were all these balloons?! He passed me a handful of balloons, and at the bottom string of each balloon was a picture of Alex and I. I looked at the first picture and immediately began crying. Through teary eyes I looked at each picture. At the bottom of each, Alex’s handwriting whispered a reason why he loved me. Right away I knew something was up, but was THIS really happening right now?! It was like a dream.
We continued our walk through downtown and I realized there was a trail of balloons. Some were attached to light poles, others were held by my very own friends. Even complete strangers were handing me balloons! I remember feeling so incredibly adored by Alex, and also like I was a part of the movie Up. There were SO many balloons, which was perfect… I LOVE balloons!
The last balloon read: “I love that I get to spend the rest of my life with you.” As I looked up from reading it, I rounded a corner to find Alex standing right before me with a sign that said “marry me?” My legs almost gave out. Never in my life have I felt so special or so excited! I walked up to his sweet, smiling face and he told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I could not believe everything he did to make me feel this on top of the world, and to pull of such a thoughtful and creative proposal! I’m sure I said yes 10 times before he even finished his last sentence.
Although we had talked about marriage and spending our lives together, we both agreed (Alex a little more than me) that it was important to wait until our career paths aligned. Even though I was more than ready to be engaged, I had it in my mind that this was something a bit down the road. It was a complete shock that this was all happening now.
The perfect cherry on top of all of this was not only learning that this weekend had all been planned, but also being surprised that my brother, his wife, and Alex’s parents had also come to town to celebrate our engagement! Did I mention the night was perfect? Because it absolutely was.