Taylor and Brandon
How We Met
It is hard to sum up your love for someone in a small paragraph and find the right words to describe how they make you feel. Love is only a four letter word but the synonyms for it are endless. Isn’t it crazy how much one special person can change your life for the better, how even on the darkest days they still make you see the light and silver lining. That one person can help you become a better version of yourself. How their love for you makes you see life in a new perspective. When you think of them your heart almost explodes with happiness and a smile graces your face. Love is truly amazing and I don’t think I ever really understood what it meant to love and to be loved until I met Brandon. I remember the day I met Brandon like it was yesterday, isn’t it crazy how you can’t remember what you ate for breakfast the other day but some moments are clear as day, like you’re almost watching a film strip. I met my best friend and future husband at Starbucks. What seemed like another routine Sunday morning was a day that changed my life forever. When I woke up that morning the only thing on my agenda was ordering a large latte and making a dent into my graduate school thesis. Per usual, my mind was drifting when I made eye contact with this tall man in a plaid shirt with the lightest blue eyes I had ever seen. I probably stared at him for a few more seconds than what was appropriate before I smiled and waved. To my amazement and luck, he waved back and walked towards me. He pulled out the seat across from me and said hello. And from that moment in time, my life had been changed for the better. He sat across from me for almost three hours as we talked about traveling, work and school, and life. I just had this feeling in my stomach and soul that this person was someone special. I knew at that moment that Brandon was the person I would hopefully spend the rest of my life with. I fell hard and fast for a man that made me realize that I deserved everything that I had dreamed about. He made me realize that life is too short to be unhappy and that the small things that life blesses us with are beautiful.
How He Asked
Brandon is Canadian and we had planned to spend the holidays in his hometown of Digby, Nova Scotia. I was really excited to get away from the city and spend a few weeks relaxing. You know a man loves you, when he lets you take up 75% (Brandon would say more like 90%) of the suitcase without a complaint. Part of me was hoping that when we returned back to Pittsburgh, I would have a ring on my finger. I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I pushed it to the back of my mind. The day before we flew back, Brandon asked if I wanted to go sightseeing one last time before we flew back. He wanted to show me some of his favorite places. It was so cold and windy but I was excited to spend some time outside near the ocean with him. I probably had five layers on. He took me to some of his favorite views including rocky beaches where the shorelines were littered with large rocks and mussel shells and to famous landmarks. The wind was so strong I thought I was going to get blown away. The day seemed to fly by and I’ll never forget his smile and laugh while we sang to Simon and Garfunkel greatest hits in the car. By the end of the day both of us were frozen and hungry, so I was surprised when Brandon asked if I wanted to go to one more spot. He was really quiet on our drive there; I had just assumed he was upset because we would be leaving his family in a few days to travel back to Pittsburgh (He only gets to see his family once a year because of travel expenses and his work schedule). Our last destination was Point Prim, a lighthouse on this mountain overlooking the ocean. It was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. The ocean seemed like it would never end and it just merged with the sky. I could feel Brandon grasping my hand tighter and he started to tell me how much I meant to him and how happy/excited he was for the future. Even while he was saying these kind and beautiful words to me I did not expect a proposal; just that I was in love with such a kind and thoughtful man. His words were so heartfelt that I started to cry. When the sun started to set over the ocean, Brandon got down on one knee and asked me the question that replayed in my dreams. We both started to cry and I fell into his arms. I will never forget the feeling of being so over the moon happy and being wrapped in his arms as the wind from the ocean crashed against our backs. I thank God every day for bringing this man into my life. Thank you Brandon for showing me that loving someone shouldn’t be hard, that love is the best gift we can give and receive and that we should never take a single breath for granted…and also for always saving me the last few Cheetos.