How we Met
AJ and I met in the halls of Thomas Jefferson High School in 2005. We began dating during my senior year and her junior year and quickly became high school sweethearts. We planned all along to break up when I went to college at CU Boulder, but the day before we left I told her I didn’t want to break up and I wanted us to give it a shot. We gave it a shot and if I hadn’t walked to her parents’ door that night to speak to her, we would have went our separate ways, and while we would have still talked, a 10 month high school relationship doesn’t end in marriage.
Our college years were very rocky as AJ ended up going to Colorado State. While that wasn’t too far away from Boulder, we still were long distance, and at rival schools. We broke up and got back together. We broke up again. We never stopped talking though. We knew what we wanted in the long run and that was each other. After we both moved back from college, we resumed what was right the whole time and got back together.
That year was 2011 and we have been together ever since. This past year AJ made sure to hint at the fact that we had been together for what was nine years. She would try her sister’s ring on and she glistened at her friend’s wedding. I knew it was the right time. I also knew I wanted to propose somewhere special. Both of us are huge Broncos fans, which is the reason I was led to Williams Jewelers after hearing their radio ads featuring Wes Welker. With Dara’s excellent guidance and customer service, I found the ring I knew AJ would absolutely love. I knew that proposing on a trip to see the Broncos play was the perfect choice.
I planned a trip to San Diego with friends and family this past December and knew I was doing it there. AJ was the only girl on what everyone else thought was a guy’s trip. She wondered why I had brought her, but those thoughts changed quickly.
We saw the Broncos beat the Chargers and then continued the rest of our trip. I took her to Sunset Cliffs Beach in San Diego and got down on one knee on a rock looking over the ocean. She was absolutely stunned, asked me if this was real and began to cry. It was no longer a guy’s trip, it was our trip, and a trip that neither of us will ever forget.