How We Met & How He Proposed

Happy Tuesday, everyone. I think this may be the best post I have ever published on Life With Emily! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know something extra exciting happened on Friday! Nick got down on one knee and proposed to me…. we’re engaged! I am absolutely over the moon to marry this man! I thought I would share how we met (for those of you who don’t know) and then share our proposal story! So let’s begin, shall we…

HOW WE MET

Nick and I met all the way back in 2004! I had recently moved to Greensboro and was starting ninth grade at a high school where I knew virtually no one. During my second quarter I had a math teacher that Nick happened to know very well. His class was right across the hall from mine, so he would come in every day and talk to my teacher, Mrs. Whiting. That’s where I caught my first glimpse of him. He was very outgoing and always making everyone laugh. Needless to say, I got excited to head to math class daily and talk to him. He would always leave notes on the board or on my desk for me. Eventually we took things a step further and went on our first date.

I always remember our first date because he came to pick me up (he’s two years older than me) and my mom was adament that if he didn’t come to the door and didn’t open my car door for me then I wouldn’t ever go out with him again!! Luckily, he not only came to the door and introduced himself he also opened the car door for me…and continues to 12 years later!We dated for all four years that I was in high school and then two years during college at Appalachian State. We ultimately decided to go our separate ways after six years, which was the hardest breakup I’ve ever experienced. While it was truly terrible, it allowed us to both date and explore other options and ultimately realize that what we had was truly perfect. There were times when we weren’t dating that I wanted to call him and tell him something exciting about my day, but couldn’t. We were apart for five years and fate put us at the same place almost two years ago.
I was at my tailor getting something altered when I heard a familiar voice. I shook it off thinking there’s no way it could be him. Turns out, it was Nick! He had just moved back into town the week prior and was getting his suit altered. We chatted for a few, later texted and decided to grab wine together later that week at a local wine bar. We spent four hours chatting over glasses of wine and everything just felt right. It’s not something that I can fully explain, but everything felt comfortable and 100% right.

A few days later we went on another date to one of our old spots, The Greensboro Science Center. It has an outdoor zoo area and an aquarium and it was a great place to walk and talk. The rest, I guess you could say was history…!

HOW HE PROPOSED

I’ve known all along that Nick was “the one.” When we started dating again in April 2015 it just solidified that. We moved in together back in August and the past four months have been wonderful living together. Nick and I had been talking about marriage and getting engaged a lot the past few months. We had gone to look at rings back in September to get an idea of the style(s) we both liked. He had been making sly comments around our friends & family that an engagement would be coming up soon. But, he likes to joke so I never took him seriously; or got my hopes up for when it would happen.For Christmas Nick and I decided to do a $50 gift and do “experiences” for each other instead of gifts since neither of us needed anything. Thursday night, Nick and I were at dinner talking about Christmas gifts and he told me I would be getting my gift early and would understand why once we got there. I’m nosey, so I instantly started guessing what I thought it was and where we were going. After about 20 guesses I figured out that we were going to the Greensboro Science Center to do a penguin encounter and that I would be able to meet and play with a penguin! He had done the encounter before and I was so jealous, so this wasn’t suspicious at all. I just thought it was really thoughtful and I was so excited to play with a penguin (which is one of my favorite animals).

We got to the science center around 9:45 before the penguin feeding began at 10. We had a prime spot and luckily there weren’t that many people there. There were two zoo keepers inside the exhibit feeding the penguins and one outside talking to the crowd about the penguins and asking questions. Towards the end, the announcer said they had one more question and that’s when one of the zoo keepers inside the exhibit displayed a sign that said “Emily- Will You Marry Me?” As soon as I registered what the sign said, I started crying and said “What!!! Are you serious?!” I turned to Nick, who was down on one knee with a ring asking me to marry him, immediately said “yes” through happy tears and an applause erupted! He totally surprised me (which I didn’t think he would’ve been able to do) and it was a proposal that was very much “us!”

Afterwards we did get to play with penguins for over an hour, which was just amazing! It was so nice to have that time together before we told anyone. I couldn’t stop smiling between petting the penguin and the proposal that had just happened! Below are a few pics from after the proposal while we were playing with the penguins (they’re just iPhone photos….and ignore my puffy eyes from crying, haha!). The rest of the day was spent calling, FaceTiming & texting our friends and family to tell them the exciting news! I think I told Nick 20 times how well he pulled off the surprise and how much I loved every aspect from our story down to the ring! It’s so funny because I thought he would never be able to surprise me and even the day of, I had NO clue! I didn’t wash my hair that morning, I wanted to wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt since we were playing with penguins and, even right before it happened, I had no idea! He was calm, cool and collected the entire morning. We spent the weekend celebrating with family & friends which was so fun! We ended the weekend celebrating at the wine bar where we had our first date!

Phew! Sorry that was so long! I just wanted to share it with you all & have it documented so I can always look back on this special day. Thank you all so much for the sweet comments, likes, messages and texts over the last few days. They meant the world to us. I can’t wait to share our new adventure with you all!

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63 Comments

  1. Erika Brockmann wrote:

    Congratulations!!!! That’s so sweet and what a cute story!❤️

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you so much Erika! I appreciate you stopping by! XO

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  2. Elle wrote:

    Such a perfect post!!! It was beautiful and well written. So happy for you two!!
    xo elle // https://splashofpreppy.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Elle, you’re so sweet! I enjoyed writing it to share with everyone! it will be nice to look back on years down the road, too!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  3. Lauren wrote:

    Aww, Emily! The story of you two is so sweet. It was definitely fate that you two were in the same tailor shop at the same time. Also, what an adorable proposal story! Congratulations again!

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you so much Lauren! Wasn’t sure I believed in fate before then– but I became a believer haha

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  4. What a sweet sweet love story! So excited for you two & to see what the future holds! Lots of love!

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much Gentry! I’m excited to share some of the process with y’all! XO

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  5. Kelly wrote:

    Love it!!! So happy for you!!!

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much Kelly!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  6. Jessica wrote:

    Well crying again! I had no idea you all were such high school sweethearts!! So so happy for you two.

    Xo Jessica
    http://www.mystylevita.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Hahaha I love you Jess! #PenguinBachParty #BloggersDoBach (?!?!?) 🙂

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  7. Congratulations! It sounds like the perfect proposal for y’all! Jess at Just Jess

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you Jess! It was such a wonderful day!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  8. Danielle wrote:

    Seriously best proposal ever:) congratulations!!! What’s meant to be will always find a way!

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      So so true Danielle!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  9. This was SO sweet to read. I loved hearing the history of your relationship along with your proposal…such an exciting time for you! Can’t wait to follow along, girl!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you Dana! I think I had only shared a little tidbit of our story on here, so it was nice to get a little personal & share it with everyone!

      I’m so excited to share bits and pieces of our journey as we plan our wedding! Now to figure out where to start haha #cluelessBride

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  10. Jack and jeannie wrote:

    Congratulations… we are so excited for you. You will be a beautiful bride…

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  11. This is absolutely adorable!! Thank you for sharing all the details. Nick did SO SO well!! Every detail was just so sweet. I’m so happy for you Emily!!! Can’t wait to follow your journey of wedding planning! Wishing you and Nick nothing but the best! Xo

    Kristyn

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      You are just too sweet Kristyn! I SO appreciate your kind words! I’m so excited to share our new adventure. P.S. I need to see you again before the next TBS con!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  12. Ashley wrote:

    I couldn’t stop smiling through this whole post Em. I am SO excited for you and know you’ll be the prettiest bride! Sending you the biggest hug from Atlanta right now!

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks a million Ash! So funny how things turn out! Now send me all your wedding advice, please & thank you 😉

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  13. This is so amazing!!! Congrats, lady!!! What a sweet proposal!
    XO,
    Mary

    http://www.missmarypowers.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks Mary! It was a wonderful day that’s for sure.

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  14. Kim wrote:

    This post makes my heart happy! I am SO beyond excited for you guys and can’t wait to celebrate in January.

    xoxo,
    Kim
    http://www.champagneistablog.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks Kim! I cannot wait to see y’all and celebrate!!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  15. Oh my goodness, what a SWEET story! Eeek! So so very happy for you two. Enjoy every second of engaged life! xo

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks Kari! We are excited to celebrate with family & friends over the holidays!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  16. Stefanie wrote:

    thats the cutest thing! I love his sign 🙂 Congrats you two!

    -Stefanie
    http://www.thestylesafari.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
  17. Stefanie wrote:

    I love that he brought a sign! So cute. Congrats!

    -Stefanie
    http://www.thestylesafari.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Haha yes! It was in the exhibit and I kept laughing afterwards because the penguins LOVED it and kept trying to bite it ha! I kept the sign 🙂

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  18. Morgan wrote:

    So so so excited for you!! He did a great job with the proposal too!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      I’m SO excited! I was so surprised with the proposal! Now to navigate wedding planning! XO

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  19. Greta wrote:

    Congrats girl! I love hearing about how couples met and got engaged. Such a great story!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you! I do too, I’m so nosey- I love hearing how people met! 🙂

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  20. Emily wrote:

    What a sweet story!! So happy for you!!

    xox
    Emily
    http://thestylehuntblog.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you so much, Em! XO

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  21. Samantha wrote:

    I teared up reading this! There is something so special about high school sweethearts and having gone through so many life experiences with someone. Such a sweet story! Congratulations <3

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks Samantha! You are so right! We have basically “grown up” together & it’s been nice to have those special moments together! XO

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  22. Congrats! I love your story!!

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much Ashley!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  23. Maggie wrote:

    Ahh congrats!! Penguins are one of my favorite animals so this is extra awesome!!

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks Maggie! I was so excited, especially when I DID get to play with them afterwards haha

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  24. Jenna Colgrove wrote:

    Congrats!!! Such a cute little story!! I was waiting for this!!

    Jenna from http://www.visionsofvogue.com

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much Jenna! It was quite a (good!) surprise! Xo

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  25. THIS IS SO ADORABLE!!! Love love love it! ! Just knowing you found the ones is THE BEST feeling!

    Congrats!

    Channing
    http://www.bluemountainbelle.com

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much Channing! It’s been a fun few days celebrating and *attempting* to figure things out haha! Let it all begin!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  26. Caley wrote:

    What an amazing story!!! Just love it!
    And CONGRATS again x

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks Caley! Really wanted to be able to look back on it years down the road.

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  27. hanna wrote:

    Congrats to both of you! –Like Hanna

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you so much!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  28. Bailey wrote:

    this is such a sweet story – i love that you both have known each other for 12 years, so special!

    xoxo,
    Bailey
    Here’s The Skinny
    @baileyschwartz

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much, Bailey! It’s been great to be able to share memories and “grow up” together!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  29. Brandy wrote:

    Wonderful story, thanks so much for sharing! Congratulations!

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much Brandy! XO

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  30. Heather wrote:

    I love this story! Congratulations!

    Posted 12.15.16 Reply
  31. What a sweet how y’all met story & a sweet proposal! Congratulations! xx, I’m Fixin’ To

    Posted 12.30.16 Reply
  32. Lauren wrote:

    This is so precious! I absolutely love this proposal story – congratulations!

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply

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