Tess and Alex

How We Met

Alex and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party last winter. He’s originally from my hometown in Virginia, so I’ve known of him for years. Our sisters were best friends and our moms were friends, but his family moved away when he was in 7th grade and I never met him. The night we met we both left the party telling our friends we could see ourselves marrying each other. We started dating soon after and within the week knew we wanted to get married.

How He Asked

Seven months later while visiting his sister in Nashville, Alex woke me up early on a Sunday morning. He instructed me to dress warmly and be ready in 10 minutes. We drove through the dark for a while and finally parked in an empty parking lot. Around sunrise a van arrived and took us to a big open field. I didn’t realize what was happening until a big, hot air balloon  basket was unloaded from the van. Before I knew it we were thousands of miles off the ground with the sun peeking over the mountains on one side and the Nashville skyline on the other. We rode silently for a while until Alex looked over and said he needed to ask me a question. From there things were a joyous blur. The “yes” was followed by a beautiful ring placed on my finger. The pilot radioed to his chase team below and a dozen “congratulations” streamed through the radio. When we landed the pilot lead a toast to a successful flight and our engagement. All of it was so surreal. I still can’t believe I get to spend forever with my best friend!

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