Linden and I were on the app, Plenty of Fish (POF) for a while. After numerous amount of failed dating experiences, we came across each other’s profiles. Neither one of us can remember who swiped first, but I do remember the first message he sent me – “I have a cheesy pick-up line, but I do not think it is ghouda-nough”. I love puns, so I gave it a shot. We were talking for a week and then met after I got off of work one night. The night we met, it was pouring, I was tired, worked a long shift, so I wasn’t “dressed to impress”, in fact, I had a Hamilton shirt on, hair up, no makeup. He still today says “you were the most beautiful person there”. After a few dates, he took me out to dinner. He picked me up from work and had homemade cookies (which he made) and yellow tulips. He took me to dinner and asked me to be his girlfriend afterward.
A year later, things went to the next level later. He had been talking about Sandfest for almost a year. We finally decided to go in April 2019. I went to see him for a visit (he was in Grad School in Kingsville at the time), and we met in Corpus for the weekend. We decided to go to Sandfest one day and used the rest of the weekend to go to the beach, see family, etc. One night we went to get oysters to celebrate our anniversary. After stuffing our bellies with oysters, we decided to go for a walk. Keep in mind I’ve never really seen a sand dollar before after living in SA my whole life! He was walking with me telling me how much he loves me, etc., I ruin the moment by chasing after a sand dollar I saw. I started going after it and he is chasing me down the beach! Next thing I know I hear him yell, I turn around, and he is on one knee. He said “Will you be my Hannah Marie forever?” and I said YES!
When we got engaged, we then went to see my cousin down the road. In the excitement, I forgot to take my ring off (we didn’t want to tell anyone until we told our parents first). My cousin grabs my hand and yells “what’s this? Oh my gosh Hannah you’re engaged!” I asked my cousin to not say anything yet, but she then calls me aunt, and down the chain, it goes. My mom and I laugh at that today.
After we got home from the trip, I showed my mom the ring. She was excited and the first thing she said was “there will be no mason jars, burlap, wooden disks with carriage lanterns”. I was worried about planning because I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily, growing up in the wedding industry, I had A LOT of help guiding me in the directions so I had the perfect wedding of my dreams. I used vendors I have known for a long time or worked with before, I took recommendations from everyone, and 2 years after the proposal, we had a smooth and beautiful wedding that was unique and ours. We chose Texas Hill Country Wildflowers b/c we are both from San Antonio, we take great pride in our state, and we love wildflowers in the Spring. In fact, 2 months later we are STILL getting compliments on the wedding and how much fun it was!