How did you two meet? tell us your story.
We actually met at Hollister (our old job); he got hired on as my new boss! Every time I say that out loud, it makes it sound so bad, lol. I had been working there for a couple months and he came on as a new manager. I can still remember the first time I met him and the conversation we had, what he was wearing, everything. I had my best friend who worked there with me text Kaeo one night to see if he wanted to go out because I was too nervous. We went out for our first date at Applebee’s and we were both so nervous! I remember him sweating so bad and he had to excuse himself to calm down. I get really sweaty palms when I’m nervous and so I remember holding his hand that night and holding it so tight because I was afraid if I let go, he would feel my hand like dripping in sweat. And the rest is really history! We had met in November 2006, started dating in July 2007 and got engaged February 2013.
Describe the proposal.
Our proposal is actually pretty unique just because it was supposed to be this huge, romantic surprise and ended up being a simple, sweet, intimate moment between just the two of us. Kaeo had planned his proposal down to a tee. My sister (who’s in the army) was home visiting for a month and so he had gotten her, my mom, and his mom all “will”, “you”, and “marry” t-shirts and he had the “me?”. He had his family and my family meet at a local park where we usually take our dog walking. They were there waiting on a trail for Kaeo and I to show up. I was just leaving work and going to meet Kaeo at home and then I thought we were going to take our dog Tank for a walk. However on my way home I started to not feel well; I was very clammy and sweaty and hyperventilating…I barely made the 15 minute drive home because I was crying uncontrollably I was so scared. Kaeo got home shortly after me and rushed upstairs to find me very pale. I went to stand up to get ready to leave and I fainted in his arms. He called our families and told them what happened and called everything off. He and my mom wanted to take me to the ER but I was just too tired and exhausted. I had anxiety and panic attacks before and so I just summed it up to that and called it a night. About a month later, I got home from work and found what looked like a ring box on the table outside of our bedroom door. I called out to him and he came out from the other room, grabbed my hand and the box and led me into our bedroom. He sat me on the bed and got down on one knee and proposed. He explained the whole situation to me and said how that day had been planned for awhile and since then, he’s just been nervous and trying to find a way to ask again. Of course I was crying when I found out and couldn’t believe that I had no idea!
What was your favorite memory from your proposal?
My favorite memory of our proposal is just how special it was to me. I’m a very simple person; I don’t have the nicest clothes, the most up-to-date shoes, or the perfect hair and so to see the man that I fell in love with from the moment I met him right before me asking me to be his wife and giving me the most gorgeous, perfect ring I could ever ask for was just the most special moment for me. Even though I loved the idea of his original proposal, I loved the actual proposal because it was just the two of us and just a very deep and intimate moment in our relationship. Kaeo: My favorite memory was Ash’s face when I asked her. I was very nervous and knew she would say yes but for some reason that didn’t calm me down. I knew she wanted to get married more than anything and just finally seeing her reaction once I asked her and she saw her ring was more than priceless.
What do you love most about each other?
He said: I love that we’re both goofy and easy going. We can spend an entire weekend just watching movies and laughing to ourselves. If people could be a fly on the wall to some of our conversations when it’s just the two of us, they would probably think we were crazy. We laugh at the dumbest stuff and then continue to laugh because we’re laughing. I love that she isn’t afraid to be “uncool” in public or worry about what people think of her or leave the house without any makeup on; she’s just down to earth and I love that.
She said: I love that I can really, really be myself around him. I mean to an outsider, I probably look like a well put-together, proper nursing student with almost straight A’s who doesn’t really stray from the norm. But when you really get to know me, I’m crazy, I’m loud, I’m messy, I’m a uncontrollable softy for animals, I literally love the Disney channel and fall asleep to it every night, I love One Direction and Lil Wayne and I’m really just a dork at heart. I love that he gets me! He accepts me as I am and expects nothing more. But the most important thing that I love about him is that he believes in me. He works and provides for our family while I pursue my dream of becoming a nurse without one complaint. He works long hours and has to get up at 11:30 p.m. each night while I go to school during the day. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for him and how thankful I am for him in helping me to make it through nursing school and attain my goal that I’ve dreamed of since being little. <3