Timothy and Rachel
How We Met
Tim and I met when my roommates in college took me out to our local bar to celebrate my 21st birthday shortly after midnight. We walked into the bar and I saw my friend, Nick, and he said he was also there celebrating his friend, Tim’s, birthday. He introduced Tim and I and there was an instant connection. A few weeks before my 21st birthday I remember telling my Mother that I was excited to turn 21 to be able to go to bars and meet guys and have more opportunities to meet new people. It was meant to be that I said that and my first ever night in a bar I met the man of my dreams!
How He Asked
Tim and I flew down to Florida, where we met his family, for the Daytona 500 in February 2017. Tim has been going with his family to the race since he was little and it’s one of the best days for the year for him so it was very special that I was able to join them this year. We went to the Xfinity race on Saturday and when we drove back to Cocoa Beach, Florida to the hotel, Tim mentioned he wanted to walk down to the beach. It was late and I was tired but I went along with it. We walked down onto the sand and when we got to the water line Tim turned and took the ring out of his pocket and got down on one knee! I of course said yes and learned that both my and his whole family knew about the proposal and that his family was waiting up at the hotel to celebrate!
The next morning we woke up early to go to the big race, and when we got there I had told a woman working at a sponsorship table that we had just gotten engaged and they gave us an awesome opportunity to play for a prize. After taking turns, I won an autographed Dale Earnhardt Jr. die-cast car, which is Tim’s favorite driver. It was meant to be!