We first met in fifth grade, at Mata Intermediate School in ALIEF, Houston, Texas. We sat next to each other at the lunch table, and had a lot of the same friends. We were not close friends, but just simply knew of one another. Nathan says he's had a crush on me since waaaay back then, but he was shy at the time, and I was too intimidating to approach. Over the next few years, we attended different high schools and lost contact with one another. It wasn't until after college that we ran into each other again at a music festival. We still had a lot of mutual friends, and started seeing each other often so things just kind of happened naturally. It's been six years and we've been inseparable since!
In December 2019, Nathan and I took a snowboarding trip to keystone Colorado with some of our closest friends. After a long day of snowboarding, everyone was unwinding in the cabin, when suddenly my friend Nina yelled "Tanaz! Nathan slipped and fell outside, and he can't get up!" I immediately panicked and almost ran outside in the freezing snow without shoes or a jacket! Thankfully, my friend grabbed a pair of shoes for me to put on. I got outside and saw Nathan lying in the snow on his back, he looked very hurt, and this seemed serious! Our friend Henry asked if we should call an ambulance, but Nathan insisted to try getting up on his own first. As I was helping him up, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so incredibly shocked and had no clue it was coming right then in that moment. I experienced every emotion possible, fear of him being hurt, shock from the proposal, overwhelmed with love and joy, and of course, anger because he scared me so badly with his "acting". But of course, I said YES! It was a moment that I will never forget!
I planned the proposal about six months in advance before our group snowboarding trip to Colorado! All of our family and closest friends knew about it, but I wanted to make sure she did not have a clue. I asked her to come ring shopping with me a few weeks before the trip, but I had already purchased the ring. We never "had the chance" to go ring shopping before the trip, which was intentional, so this way she wouldn't have any suspicions on the trip! For the actual proposal, our friends who were on the trip were in on the entire thing! I thought faking an injury was appropriate because she's a nurse, and of course she would come running to the scene to take care of me. I predicted two things: ONE: that she would get frantic and try to run outside barefoot, which she did try to, and TWO: that she would get really mad after the fact because I faked being hurt and scared her to death, which she was absolutely furious. Regardless of how mad I knew she would get, I did not want it any other way because the shocked look on her face when she saw the ring was priceless! She definitely smacked me before I could even put the ring on her finger, but hey... she said yes, and we are getting married!