How we Met
Paul was friends with my older sister Jaimee in high school. I always thought he was the cute one out of her group of friends but never dreamed I would have a chance with him since I was three grades younger; I never thought he would even notice me. Time went on and my sister and Paul graduated high school and went onto college and I was still at home finishing up my senior year. That October, my family threw a costume party and had all of our friends over to celebrate my 18th birthday. Paul happened to be home from college and came to the party dressed as a cowboy. I was dressed as Tinker Bell. When he showed up, I was so excited and chatted with him throughout the night. Little did I know, he apparently had his eye on me, too. That was the night we shared our first kiss and we’ve never looked back since. Now it’s 10 years later and I get to say that I am head over heels in love with (and married to!) my high school crush and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
How he Proposed
In the fall of 2013 we planned a trip to Europe with my cousin, Laura, and our friend, Dave. The itinerary was Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Paris. Neither of us had been to Europe before and we were so excited to get out and explore a new part of the world. Laura and Dave had gone a few days earlier than us and were still in France when we arrived in Barcelona, so we had a few days to ourselves to enjoy the city. Paul and I woke up early the first day and made it out to the beach to check everything out. We strolled the coast line to this beautiful restaurant where we had paella and sangria for lunch, looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. Afterwards we walked back along the beach, all the while finding some of the best sea glass we’ve ever seen. There was so much we were basically crawling down the coast, every time you looked down you saw another amazing piece! We were both (or at least I thought we were both) so into collecting it that we got separated a little bit. After a few minutes I heard Paul calling my name, telling me to come quick and check out his find. He was kneeling over “the sea glass” so I ran back to him to see, and when I got to him, he turned to me with the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen, took my hand, and asked if I would marry him! I was so surprised, I couldn’t even speak, I was just smiling from ear to ear. After a few shocked seconds I choked out an, “Of course I will!” and we’ve been smiling ever since.