I honestly believe that Nate got me to fall in love with him through a series of surprises. When we were just friends, he surprised me with a tripod for my camera after I mentioned wanting to start a YouTube channel. Several months later, I marched into his place on a Wednesday evening after rehearsing what reasons I was going to give him for why I needed space (because….. commitment issues. I touch on them here) only to walk up the stairs to a cook preparing a lobster dinner for us, a bouquet of flowers, a card, and red wine to congratulate me on the launch of my first video. I was so taken back by his sweet gesture, I decided not to say everything I’d planned to. I thank God for that surprise. He knew I needed something that extreme to convince me otherwise. Dozens of surprises later, I realized I’m much better simply giving into them because he’d never lead me wrong. I am such a rebel that I truly believe the only way I’d ever be comfortable with the idea of most things is to be surprised into them, because if I have the chance to go against the grain, I’ll take it every single time. Knowing all of that, Nate still had the guts to ask me to marry him and he has the art of surprise to thank for my yes. He’s truly been more than I imagined I’d ever get because the realist in me (or maybe that movie about the 80/20 rule) had me convinced that we just don’t get it all when settling down. And he’s so fun y’all! We laugh sooo much. I think y’all may end up liking him more than y’all like me! LOL
The morning after our engagement, we couldn’t sleep past 7, even though we didn’t get to bed til after 3 am. We were anxious, excited and still in a bit of disbelief, so we got up and grabbed Starbucks then spent the morning reliving the night before while grinning from ear to ear. He told me I needed to be ready to leave the house by 1 pm to go and take photos. I figured that was a realistic thing for people to do after they get engaged, so I got myself ready and put on a decent outfit. Once we left the house, he said I needed to be blindfolded because he didn’t want me to see where we were taking the photos until it was time to take them. I start thinking, “are we taking photos on a helicopter? That’ll be cool.” or something else ridiculous. We stopped at a bar to take a shot. He was either nervous or trying to pass time LOL.
I thought it would be a good idea to allow my followers to watch along on Instagram Live, so I put on the blindfold and let Nate take it from there. We were only three minutes away from the surprise when we were at the bar, but it seemed like we drove around for a good 10 minutes. Then again, everything feels like an eternity when you can’t see what’s going on. Finally, we’d arrived and he walked me inside. I instantly recognize the smell. We were at the apartment complex where Nate lived when we first met. He tells me to take off the blindfold and I do, only to see so many of our family and friends in front of us with smiling faces. I was truly in awe! I thought the night before surely had been the climax, but no. He’d set it up so that we could celebrate with our loved ones and it was the best time, but I’ll let the footage speak for itself. I always told him I’d only post the person I was marrying on my social media so I’ve been teasing him, saying “you did all this just to get on my Instagram?!” LOL. I’m more grateful than ever for someone so thoughtful and such a loving circle! Matt did an incredible job of capturing photos that embody exactly who we are and DJ A Plus kept playing exactly what we wanted to hear. If you’re in Houston and looking for a photographer, I strongly recommend them! I’m looking forward to sharing what’s next with all of you, so be sure and subscribe to my YouTube to make sure you don’t miss out!
Watch the fun we had below: