Anthony + Dominique
April 27, 2013
Big Tex, the world’s second largest ferris wheel, Texas vs OU and fried everything: The State Fair of Texas was the backdrop for the first day of our story. Call it fate, destiny, coincidence or plain ol' luck, but somehow, we met up that Saturday morning in October of 2011 at the State Fair.
Both of us showed up with friends, Dominique with Anthony's roommate, but neither of us had tickets to the game and they did. So we spent the entire day enjoying the football game on screen and all the attractions of the Fair. From Fletcher’s Corny Dogs to ice cream to a sky ride (or gondola ride as Anthony likes to call it) across the grounds, we spent that whole day together talking, laughing and learning about each other.
The rest of the day included seeing Mark Cuban in Uptown Dallas and meeting Miss Vicky, the waitress at a local iHop. It was a truly incredible day. We only just met, but we both felt the instant connection. From that point forward, we were about as inseparable as two people can be who live three hours from each other, Anthony in Austin and Dominique in Fort Worth.
Very few weekends passed where we did not see each other. We road tripped, movie marathoned, adventured and grew closer with each minute together. Through all of this we have become best friends and love each other to no end. So, now we have decided to start our together lives and are so excited to see where life will take us!
Anthony picked me up from work on Friday, August 3rd. My stepdad was working on my car, and Anthony was in town because he had the day off. Earlier in the day Anthony had asked me if I wanted to try any new restaurants for dinner (he knows how much I love doing that). I named two places, but we ended up settling on another. I suggested we go straight from work but Anthony said he wanted to go to my house where he had forgotten his new camera.
As soon as I walked into the house I thought, “It smells strangely like flowers in here.” Then I opened my bedroom door and understood why. I was up to my knees in balloons and there were dozens (and dozens) of white flowers everywhere. I turned around and he was on one knee. The moment was such a blissful blur. I don’t remember much of what he said, but I knew he was asking me to marry him. I said yes!
Once I agreed to become is wife, he handed me a little black lock-box: a little something for me to open on our wedding day. I’m sure he did it because he knows it will drive me crazy until April 27th (also because he is sweet and thoughtful, creative and romantic). He proceeded to tell me that he had made previously made reservations for Ellerbe’s, one of the two restaurants I suggested earlier. We dined and celebrated for two hours! The evening felt so surreal.
Anthony went to such great lengths to make the proposal a surprise. He met me for lunch in the middle of the day after talking to my parents in the morning with plans to prepare the proposal after lunch. I couldn’t have kept such a secret, or such a straight face!
I’m so thrilled to be marrying him. I feel as if, before he proposed, he “married” himself to me. He asked himself the tough questions. He made the commitment. He took the risk. He said yes, all before asking me to. I am loving and enjoying this fiancée phase. What a sweet 9 months we will have of planning and preparation for a lifelong marriage.
3712 Wichita Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76119