The morning of November 29 was like any other morning. I woke up at Jonathan’s parent’s house after spending the evening having a second Thanksgiving dinner with his family. NC State was playing UNC that afternoon in Chapel Hill, and since we attended the rival schools, we were planning to go to the football game. We didn’t have tickets yet, but were hoping we would find someone selling them on campus. We normally tailgate with my brother and his friends before games, but this morning Jonathan suggested we grab breakfast on Franklin Street beforehand.
We arrived in Chapel Hill around 8:30 and headed to breakfast at Ye Olde Waffle Shop. I ordered a breakfast sandwich, Jonathan ordered an omelette, and we shared a waffle. Afterward Jonathan suggested that we grab coffee from Starbucks and said that he’d like to show me around campus. (I showed him around N.C. State’s campus on our first date.) With Christmas cups in hand, we started walking. Jonathan pointed out a few buildings as we went along and eventually we happened upon the Arboretum.
As we were walking through a vine covered walkway (I think this has a name but I’m not fancy enough to know what it is), Jonathan stopped me and told me that he wanted to tell me something. Side note: We established pretty early on in our dating relationship that we weren’t going to tell each other that we loved each other until we were 100% committed to each other. Jonathan knew that those were only feelings that he wanted to share with his wife one day.
We stopped walking and Jonathan told me for the first time that he loved me, and he would always love me. He said some other things to that affect but I can’t remember any of them because I was so distracted by him getting down on one knee and pulling a box out of his pocket!
He asked me if I would marry him and I said YES!
After lots of kissing and hugging I asked, “Who else knows about this?!” Jonathan spun me to one side of the path and said, “Well she does…” spinning me to the other side of the path, “…and she does!” His two sisters had been standing at the ends of the path the whole time and I didn’t even notice. They caught the whole thing on camera!
Behind us there was a table set up with celebratory champagne, candles, tulips (my favorite!), and a chalkboard sign that said, “She said ____.” Of course I filled in the blank with a capital Y-E-S!
After popping some bubbly, we walked around the Arboretum for a little photo session.
Jonathan’s sister Allison was so sweet and fought the Black Friday crowds to get a DSLR after Jonathan told her he was planning to propose. I left my big camera at the house that morning, which was perfect, because his sister Meredith was able to hijack it and take photos as well!
Like I said, I didn’t think we had tickets to the game, but asked Jonathan’s sisters and parents if they wanted to come to my brother’s tailgate with us. When we got to the tailgate, we were met by not only my brother, but also my sister, her husband, and their kids. Jonathan had gotten them to stay in town an extra night after Thanksgiving to be part of the proposal. To my surprise, he had also purchased a block of tickets so all of the siblings and spouses could go to the football game together! My brother had set up a great tailgate with drinks, Bojangles, corn hole, and a sweet sign that he painted for us.
We all went to the football game and I was pretty pumped for a Wolfpack victory! Jonathan was sad to see his school lose to a rival, but he couldn’t be too sad, seeing as he will have to partially cheer for N.C. State now. ;)
After the game, Jonathan suggested that all of the girls go get manicures. I was so glad he did because I had a three-week-old black Shellac manicure on my nails and it looked awful! It was nice to have to down time and hang out with my sister, my sister-in-law, and my two future SILs! After we got our nails done I hugged my sister and my brothers wife, thanked them for being part of the weekend, and told them I would see them at Christmas.
We drove back to his sister Allison’s house where I was greeted by balloons at the door and the promise of eating dinner soon. In all the excitement, I realized I hadn’t eaten anything since our early morning breakfast and I was starving!
As we were standing around talking I heard a familiar voice at the door and my brother and his family came around the corner! Trailing behind him was my sister’s whole family. I was so surprised because I thought they were on the road back to Charlotte! Right behind them was my mom. I’m pretty sure I screamed when I saw her! All day I had been thinking that the day was so amazing, I just wished I could share it with my mama.
Last but certainly not least came Jeff and Jodie, the precious couple responsible for setting Jonathan and me up on our first date.
Jonathan was so incredibly thoughtful and had planned a whole engagement party for our families, complete with beer, wine, dinner catered from a local BBQ restaurant, and even cake!
We rounded everyone up to thank them for coming and I had to fight back tears while Jonathan was giving his little “speech.” It was such an amazing day, spent with the amazing families we have been blessed with.
I am so excited and incredibly honored to be this man’s wife; I love and respect him more than anyone in the world. To answer the question we started getting about five minutes after getting engaged – we are hoping to have a wedding before I start nursing school, likely early this summer! We can’t wait to start this new season of life together!