January 2, 2016
I said yes to dating my future husband on May 21, 2012 and about 2 months in to our relationship I knew that I wanted to be Zach’s wife. He was caring, sweet, goofy, and supportive of me leaving to go to school 2 1/2 hours away.
Fast forward to January 1, 2016, about 3 1/2 years in to our relationship. We had just recently brought in the New Year with our friends (all of whom happened to be engaged) and they all joked (including Zach) about how Zach was going to wait for another year or two to propose. I had no idea that everyone at the party knew his plan to propose the next day.
On January 2nd we had made plans to go to dinner with a few friends to celebrate an Aggie ring day and a birthday. It was raining so it was not unusual when my friend Lauren told them to meet her and her fiancé in this gorgeous hallway right by the restaurant to wait for our other friends Amanda and her fiancé. I was still clueless when Lauren asked to take a picture with me so that she could get me to take my jacket off to prepare for the big moment. When I saw Amanda and Devin walk in, I went to put my jacket on but when I saw my parents walk in I froze. I immediately started tearing up. Zach then pulled me over to him and got down on one knee. He spoke some of the sweetest words that I honestly cannot remember now. I do remember saying yes about 3 times and then the man I have wanted to marry for over 3 years put the most beautiful ring on my finger.
But that wasn’t the only surprise for the day. We went to dinner as planned then headed to go dancing. I needed to stop by the house and get my Aggie ring (I can’t stand not having it on my finger) then we were on our way to Conway’s, a local dance hall. When we arrived I noticed a bunch of people standing where the tables we reserved were. As we got closer I noticed that it was all of our friends and family! Zach had planned a little celebration party for us! I was over the moon the whole night!