A Must Read Engagement Story
How We Met:
It all began with MySpace (back in 2005 when MySpace was cool). Matthew was beginning his sophomore year at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK and I (Stephanie) was finishing up senior year of high school via independent study in Plano, TX and applying to colleges out of state. Neither of us was very happy at the time. Matt was getting off of an on-again-off-again relationship and I was still struggling with moving from Orange County, CA, where most of my family and friends all lived.
I decided on a whim during the summer that I wanted to befriend people in the Plano area online so I did a basic search of local people with similar interests. Up popped this guy with awesome taste in music so I added him to my friends list and he accepted… then nothing. Not until one night on October 9th when he got back to his dorm from a trip home to Plano, TX, got online and decided to answer a “what do you know about me” survey that I had posted.
When I read his answers I couldn’t help but gut laugh. They were witty, sweet, and flirty at the same time so I flirted back. By the end of the night, he had proposed marriage because I was “so perfect.” This began a few months of conversation on the internet, then the phone, in which he constantly is tried to get me to go out with him, but I kept him at a distance… at least physically. We talked until late into the night- every night.
Then on January 9th, 2006 we decided to watch the Princess Bride in our respective houses via phone. At this point he was back in Plano. I told him that I didn’t have the movie so he offered to bring a copy over to me. He pulled up to my house and got out with the BIGGEST smile on his face. I was on the up on the second story leaning out my window. Like a nerd, I lowered a purse (tied to a robe belt & a Playstation controller) for him to put in the movie. Matt was uncommonly quiet and just looks up at me, smiling. I thought he was the cutest guy I’d ever seen so I took a picture to remember the moment. Matt finally left to go home so we could watch the movie with each other.
At about 12:15am, Matt announced that he was coming over again because he wanted to see me again. I said, “Ok, bring a rope.” He got there and threw the rope up to me. I tied the rope around the small wall between the two windows in my room and attempted to repel down (so I didn’t wake up my parents- LOL!) Repelling became falling, but luckily Matt’s shoulder was there to catch me. Yes, the first time we touched was my butt on his right shoulder.
We walked around my neighborhood to a spot right by a lake with a fountain. I rambled on and on nervously and Matt was still quiet. We talked for about an hour before Matt got the courage up to finally kiss me at 1:57am. We know this because I asked Matt to look at his phone to see what the time was so she could remember the moment. I, still rambling and nervous, said “you call that a kiss?” and kissed him longer. He walked me home and boosted me up enough for me to climb back up into my upstairs window. After that night, we know nobody else stood a chance with either of us.
9/10/11 began VERY early (for us). We got into the car at around 8am and drove from Plano, TX up to Oklahoma City for the day. We had a lot of fun in the car singing to the radio and trying to make trucks honk along the highway.
We got into town at about noon and headed over to OKC’s Bricktown for lunch at Falcone’s Pizzeria& Deli. When we were done, we drove over to the Oklahoma Museum of Art to visit the “Passages: the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible.” I (Stephanie) had wanted to go since May when I first heard about it, and I was lucky that Oklahoma City was one of 3 locations in the world it was going to be. The others were Atlanta and the Vatican! We loved seeing all the various versions and the storyline of the Bible from ancient Jewish texts to what we have today.
After the exhibit we headed back to Matt’s grandparents house to spend time with family before his cousin Brandon’s wedding. We headed out for a quick dinner before the ceremony and then went to the old OKC Farmers Market. It was a beautiful ceremony and a fun reception. We especially enjoyed dancing with Matt’s twin nephews Blake and Caleb! We partied it up until about 9:30 when we decided it was time to head back towards home.
I knew something was up around the time we approached Norman, OK (about 20 minutes south of OKC). Matt began to speak in his “British narrator” voice and got of the highway and took side streets in the wrong direction. All the while he’s telling me the history of “us” in his accent.
He took me on a tour of Norman including the place he was when he first talked to me online, places we went when I came up to visit, etc. During the tour he was telling me how he felt when we first began talking online, what he thought when we met in person, how much he missed me when I was away and how good I have been for him and how much he loves me.
He then pulled over in front of the University of Oklahoma and walked me over to where there was a water feature- a bunch of arcs of water shooting out of a wall all lit up beautifully in the night. We were very much alone- just a couple students off in the distance. I guess originally Matt was going to us a Taco Bell sauce packet (the one that says “Will You Marry Me”) but he said that he wasn’t going to let a sauce packet do the talking for him. He got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I replied “as you wish” a line from The Princess Bride, one of our favorite “couple” movie and the first one we watched with one another. For those of you who have not seen the movie, “as you wish” was the way that the “hero” told the woman he loved that he would do anything for her because he loved her. Matt still wanted me to clarify that that I meant, “yes.”
I cried and hugged him tight for a while and got in the car and began calling everyone in our family and close friends to tell them the news and enjoyed our first car ride together as an engaged couple!
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