The Story of Us... so cheesy

2/20/2012

Whenever I find a new blog, I like to learn a little background about the author. Usually, I'll read a couple of the newer posts, and then dig deeper to read their first blog posts, wedding stories, or birth stories. So... here is the story of how Tyler and I came to be husband and wife!


We met at a bar. A bar we both worked at. He was a bartender and I was a cocktail waitress. I am laughing out loud just typing that, it sounds so ridiculous. I don't think the term 'cocktail waitress' is even used anymore... but Tyler tends to use it when he explains how we met. Anyways, we both happened to be working at the same Restaurant / Lounge in the summer of 2004. We were both dating other people at the time, and our relationship didn't start off as much. Although I do remember the first time I saw him. I can't say it was his best look... he had just returned from a week-end camping trip with a group of guys!



Fast forward into the spring of 2005, when we found ourselves single. We started talking at work, hanging out in groups, and must have exchanged phone numbers at some point. I can't believe this was a time before texting!! Tyler didn't even have a cell phone... so we must have had to talk on regular old land-lines. Our first official date was to a greasy burger joint... and the rest was history! Not quite, but we ended up having a wonderful summer together and spending practically every second together. We were both still in school, and figuring out what to do with our lives.



After 3 years of dating, I found myself on a business trip to Thailand and Bahrain. On my way home, I was planning to meet Tyler in Vancouver for a week of vacation together. When he picked me up at the airport I had been travelling for about 40 hours, and had just spent 2 gruelling weeks working 14 hour days. I was exhausted. And sooo happy to see him, and some of our friends, and temperatures below 100... If you've ever travelled internationally you know how great it is to be back in your home country. It's amazing how much you take for granted, like reading a menu in English!



We met up with some of our best friends, and went out for dinner to a really cute restaurant. It was the beginning of our vacation, and we were celebrating being together again and seeing our friends. Quite a few bottles of wine were consumed. After dinner, we all wandered back to our friends place for some more vino. He had the most amazing rooftop patio with views of the Vancouver harbour and the mountains in behind. It was a beautiful night, and I can still feel how happy I was, in that moment. Tyler called me over to the side of the balcony, away from our friends, and we started talking. And then HE PROPOSED!! I was SHOCKED! After spending some time by ourselves, we joined the rest of the group. I had a huge smile on my face and we must have looked like we had a secret to share... so my friend immediately asked what was up. She was just as shocked as I was! We had discussed marriage, a lot, but I honestly had no idea that he was going to ask me to marry him.



We called our parents right away, and a couple of my close friends. I had lost my phone on the way home from Thailand, so I didn't have any of my friends numbers, which was a big problem as I wanted to share the news with them right away!! The rest of our vacation was wonderful, and I loved staring at my left hand as often as I could:)




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