Tell me the story of your proposal!
We enjoy hiking, and we road tripped to Colorado for our anniversary trip. We spent a few days at other cities in Colorado, but we were on our way to Breckenridge, CO. We were making stops at several pretty hiking and scenery locations. We stopped at a place where there was a waterfall and lake. We have been hiking/site seeing at many different locations and we set up my camera and timer to get a picture with the scenery, but this time it was more than the scenery. That is where the proposal happened, in front of the waterfall near Breckenridge, CO.
How did you know your partner was the one?
Jake has always been someone I felt comfortable and chemistry with. I remember things about him from back in middle school that I don’t remember about anyone else. Without knowing it at the time, I think I was always destined to be with him. In high school, Jake asked me out a few times. We were in 9th grade English class and he wrote on a little piece of paper, “will you be my girlfriend?” with little boxes next to yes and no. I was so nervous because I did like him but I did not feel I was ready to date. So we continued to be near best friends and have a “thing.” Jake went on and talked/dated other girls through our friendship, which I did not like very much. I think being in a position to lose him put things into perspective. I knew Jake was someone special, but I was too scared to express my feelings until senior year. I put myself out there by asking him to prom, and if you know me at all, I am a fairly shy person so that meant a lot. He told me he did not want to go, so I ended up just going with my girlfriends. I never fully got over Jake after that whole situation. We both dated other people right after high school for 2.5-3 years, but we never lost complete contact. Jake ended up being single and I instantly had a freak out moment. Prior to Jake’s break up, I was in a relationship that I was beginning to feel not as strongly about. My ex ended up cheating a couple months later and the very first person to reach out to me was Jake. Everything always came back to Jake. His loving, caring, supportive, sporty, persistent, attractive, goofy self all of those years ago drew me in and continues to draw me in. Whether 11 year old me knew it or not, Jake was always the one for me, and if we aren’t the prime example of what’s meant to be will be, no one is.
I really knew in high school when I asked her out a thousand times. Once I was shut down I decided it was time to move on (when we all know I wasn’t over her, I just didn’t want to be heart broken again). When I realized after I had lost her how much I truly cared for her and enjoyed talking to her and spending time with her beyond just being friends. Through the beginning of the long distance relationship, I began to have stronger feelings for Jordan. I vividly remember our first kiss in her college apartment. There was such a spark, it was nothing I had experienced before. We visited each other many times, and Jordan even overcame her fear of driving through the cities to come and see me multiple times, which I loved.
What do you admire most about your partner?
Jake saw and continues to see the best in me, even if I didn’t or don’t see it. He supports me in every way possible. Through making my own little business with string art and board making, he has done advertising through my social media accounts. He continues to be my support and motivator through my hobbies, such as my art, photography, sports, and also in my career. When I decided not to continue my education by going to physical therapy school, he was right at my side and encouraging me to follow my heart. I admire how caring of a person he is. He will drop anything to not only help me, but the people he loves. I love our common interests of watching, attending and participating in sports/events. We enjoy going to concerts together, although I still have not gotten him to sing with me!! What is life without having someone to be silly and goofy with? This person is Jake. I love the playful, little quirks we have when we are together. We always laugh and have a good time. I literally could go on forever, but I’ll stop;)
I love that Jordan pushes me to be somebody better than what I believe I can be. She keeps me grounded and helps me be realistic about my goals as a person. I love how dependent she is, yet I feel like she needs me to be there. I love how much time we spend together, we are rarely apart. When we do get back together, even after a long period of time, it really doesn’t even feel like we spent that much time apart, as we get back together very quick and go about our normal daily lives. I admire her passions and how hard of a worker she is, she has done a great job at our vision of our house thus far. I cannot wait to see where it is at the end once it is all finished.
What are you most looking forward to about your wedding?
Something we are looking forward to is making the final commitment to each other in front of our loved ones. Having a reason to have everyone you love at one place to celebrate our love is going to be one of the best nights of our lives. We are both excited to marry the love of our lives.
What is marriage to you?
Marriage is making the ultimate commitment to your partner. It is an emotional, spiritual and legal event in which you completely give yourself to the person in which you want to spend forever with. A couple can be cohabitants and still be in love, but marriage signifies a bond and love that goes beyond anything else (in our opinion). Marriage signifies making any sacrifice for the other person. Personally, we also feels it signifies the beginning of family.