That’s right! The beau got down on one knee and asked the question that every girl longs to hear from the love of her life. After almost three years together, I get to marry my best friend.
So here’s how it all went down…
Nick came up for Southern Miss’ homecoming weekend on Friday. When he comes straight from work, he usually gets here at about 5:30, but on this particular day, he arrived around 4:45. I thought this was strange, but I had talked myself out of thinking that he was proposing this weekend.
I finished getting dressed because we were going to dinner before an alumni party with his fraternity brothers, and we watched some TV before we left. I was being grumpy, and he was just all smiles. I still didn’t think anything was up because I just assumed he was just excited for the weekend with old friends.
On our way to dinner, Nick decided we should stop by the Southern Miss campus, our alma mater and where we first met, began dating, and have spent most of our relationship. He had talked about wanting to walk across the bridge at Lake Byron at the entry way to the campus. It’s really beautiful out there, and rumor has it that the person you walk across the bridge with is the person you will spend the rest of your life with.
We had walked across the bridge twice before, so I still wasn’t catching on. The bridge leads to a little island in the middle of the lake, and as we walked across the pretty little bridge holding hands we were just chatting like normal. When we reached the island, I began to walk towards the benches on the right hand side, but Nick walked the other way. I asked where he was going, and walked that way towards him.
I was freezing, so I was cuddled up in his arms and looking the opposite direction when he said, “you know, I told you we’d be getting engaged really soon.” I turned to look at him to respond, and when I did, he began to get down on one knee. I was absolutely speechless, except I somehow found the composure to say, “Shut up! No you’re not!” haha..way to keep the moment sweet, Chels. He then pulled the most beautiful and unique ring I’ve ever seen out of his pocket as he told me how much he loved me, that I was his best friend in the entire world, and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.
And then I lost it, and I was not wearing water proof mascara. I, of course, said yes and began jumping up and down. It was the most perfect and special moment of my life. Nick had our photographer friend, Courtland Wells, hiding in the bushes taking these photos that are so incredibly special to me. We then spend the entire weekend celebrating with friends and family.
I can’t stop staring at my hand or my fiancé. We’ve been shown so much love and support the past few days, and are overwhelmed by it all. We’re so excited to begin this journey together and spend the rest of our days together. Thank you to everyone who has made this weekend so perfect.
Let the planning begin!