The day I met Alison was one heck of a ride. It really was. I drove 4 hours with my best friend, JR, to Minneapolis for a Martin Garrix concert where I would be introduced to someone he had been wanting me to meet. I don’t think I had butterflies for that long of a period in my life. Never had a 4 hour drive felt so quick! Fast forward to the arrival. I opened the door to walk in and expected to see her right there, instead it was a bottle of Smirnoff Ice. You’d think the ice was broken but no, the butterflies got worse because now I had to chug this bottle down as fast as I could. There was no way I was going to let my terrible chugging skills ruin it for me. The ice was a success and will always be one of my favorite memories. I had an amazing weekend in Minneapolis and was bummed to head back home not knowing when I would get to see Alison next. We were glued to each other ever since. After countless weekends traveling between Minnesota and Iowa, I made the move to Minneapolis! Over the past few years we have continued to reach new milestones and create new memories together. I’m so lucky to have met such an amazing partner and I cannot wait for this next chapter with Alison as my wife.
Earlier that week, David had suggested a date night at Parlour Bar specifically for their burgers that he had been craving. Not thinking anything of it and never turning down a date night, I was in. As the week went on, ‘coincidentally,’ David scheduled a haircut, bought a new shirt, and suggested we have a 7 AM workout that Friday morning (he never wants to workout with me, let alone at 7 AM). Of course I was starting to feel a little suspicious but also telling myself I was overthinking it all. Little did I know that this was all part of David's plan as he was rushing me out the door at 1:30 PM sharp down to the very last second (very unlike David who is very much a go with the flow kind of guy). Parlour Bar was not open until 4 PM so I was a little confused on why we were in such a hurry; he said he wanted to grab drinks at the Hewing Hotel. As we entered the Hotel, he proceeded to say we were going to the rooftop bar. I argued was not open but to my surprise they allowed us up. As we got off the elevator, I noticed it was completely empty aside from the hot tub area to my right - again still very confused. That’s when David stopped me and told me to look left out the window. As we proceeded to the outside terrace, I could see the rose petals. That’s when I realized - it was happening. As we approached the setup, he stopped for a moment and said to take it all in - the Mpls view and the fact that he was about to propose. It was truly beyond anything I could imagine for a proposal. I said YES and we celebrated with espresso martinis, palomas, and Parlour burgers.