How long have you been together? 16 Months
Was it love at first sight? It was not! I really liked Carly and tried to get her number and she was less interested. Later on the roles reversed! But we eventually saw how great each other was and fell hard!
How did you meet? Jordan and I were both fairly new transplants to the Bay Area when we were introduced by mutual friends at our church.
The night that we met I mentally noted that he was the most handsome guy in the room but then shrugged it off and assumed that he was probably already dating or interested in someone else. After a few weeks of small talk at church, I discovered that he wasn't dating anyone but was turned off by his bold demand for my number (he later admitted that he was nervous). When he texted me that very night I was surprised and replied with a mixture of flirty sass that left him quite puzzled.
Small talk at church continued until one day our pastor asked us to talk to our neighbor, panic stricken, I realized that none of my friends were there. Jordan was sitting just a few seats away and we quickly fell into a conversation about what we had been learning about ourselves and our faith. In that short conversation, I was able to get a glimpse of Jordan's depth and honesty, I was hooked. We spent an hour or so talking after church and discovered that we both loved traveling, exploring the outdoors, and even went to the same gym! After church, we both headed over to the gym where my nervous flirting did not serve me well (you try getting a good workout with your newly minted crush just a few feet away)!
By the end of the night I was smitten; Jordan, on the other hand, wasn't so sure. He decided to keep an open mind and was pleasantly surprised when I texted him that very night to tell him how much I had enjoyed his company. Oh, how the tables had turned.
The next week was filled with strategically planned gym visits in hopes of bumping into him again. Luckily my dedication to fitness and tracking down this cute guy paid off and we spotted each other several days later. That night we spent nearly two hours in our sweaty glory getting to know each other a bit better. To my delight, we even set a date for a non-gym or church related hangout!
Tell us about your first date: Our first date consisted of Thai food and the shooting range. I was amazed at how Jordan's steady confidence simultaneously put me at ease and pushed me out of my comfort zone. A few weeks after our first date Jordan treated me to a homemade dinner before a wine and paint night (where true to form, I spilled paint on his pants). Luckily he still asked me to be his girlfriend.
Tell us about the proposal! Jordan and I love to travel and uncharacteristically had relatively few trips on the horizon other than summer weddings. When we realized that most of our travel would be centered around celebrating those near and dear to us he suggested that we take a mini vacation to celebrate the Fourth of July in Texas.
If you know me you know that the 4th is my favorite holiday in the whole world. If you know me you might also know that I love flowers and the HGTV show Fixer Upper. So being the amazing planner (and schemer) that he is, Jordan decided to combine all of the things that I love, including himself into a wonderful vacation to remember.
Jordan's proposal plans started even before we left for the airport; he had arranged for my mom to come up to watch our four month old puppy, Aspen, and asked her to suggested that we go get our nails done. I happily agreed and enjoyed having an entire day to spend with her. The next day Jordan arrived at my house ready to pick me up at 4:45, being the seasoned traveler that I am, I woke up at 4:40 and was still in my pajamas. I quickly changed and we were off to the airport.
Jordan had mentioned that we were meeting an old friend and his wife at the Dallas Arboretum so that it would be nice if we dressed dapper. I applied my makeup and did my hair in the airport bathroom before boarding our flight. I was a bit suspicious that Jordan had asked me to dress up but as soon as we took off I drifted off to sleep. I couldn't imagine that he would be so relaxed before such a big moment so I quickly dismissed my inklings.
When we finally arrived in Dallas we headed straight to the Arboretum. It was a beautiful sunny summer day and I was struck by how beautiful the garden was. After checking his phone Jordan let me know that his old pal was running late and that we should explore the gardens for a bit on our own. We walked hand in hand toward the crape myrtle tunnel talking about the various flowers and childhood memories that they evoked.
Once we reached the beautifully wooded area Jordan suggested that we take a photo. He stopped a stranger passing by and asked her to take our photo. She said that she was happy to as long as she could also take one on her own camera. At that moment I realized what was happening as Jordan dropped down onto one knee. The moment he asked me to marry him I could hardly contain myself, I quickly said yes and in my excitement nearly forgot about the ring. After a what felt like an eternity of hugging and kissing, Jordan finally slipped the ring that signified forever on my finger.
Then he looked up and thanked our photographer Brianna for taking our photos. I was still in shock when she told me that we would be taking photos around the arboretum for the next hour. The whole thing felt like a happy (hot) dream.
Our amazing photographer Brianna showed us around the gardens and gave us lots of opportunities to hug and kiss despite our typical aversion to PDA. Once the shoot was over we were able to face time our parents who were patiently waiting to see our smiley newly engaged faces.