Darren & Katie

Darren and I started dating when I was 16 years old. With a 3 year age difference between us no one thought we would last a month, well we have proved them wrong. Eight years is a long time and we have a lot of stories to go with it. We made it through high school together, college and we are now onto our next adventure; marriage. Darren proposed to me in Niagara Falls. He had the whole day planned. Walk by the falls, dinner, and then he would propose under the fireworks. Plans are good in theory. Our day started out as planned.

We had a really romantic walk by the falls and a beautiful dinner. After dinner we went back to our hotel room before going to the fireworks. While I was in the bathroom getting ready to go, Darren was in the other room trying to hide the ring in his pocket. Unfortunately for him the ring box left a very large noticeable bump in his pocket, which would not work. He was afraid to take the ring out of the box for fear of losing it and it was at this point in his effort of trying to hide the ring I walked out of the bathroom.

Darren very quickly took the box and put it behind his back and asked me to come here. I did, with a little bit of impatience because I was afraid we would miss the fireworks. He seemed unusually nervous, so I walked over and stood in front of him very frustrated that he was making us late. Next thing I know he blurted out “will you marry me?” Normally people would hop up and down, cry and scream yes when someone says this but he has been asking me that very question for about 7 years so I did not take it seriously. My response? “Yes, I always say yes. Can you hurry up and get ready so we can go down to the fireworks, I don’t want to miss them” and then I started to walk away. I, of course, would almost ruin one of the most important days of my life. He quickly grabbed my arm and said “No, I’m serious!” That was when he got down on one knee and said “Katie, you are my best friend and I love you with all my heart. Will you marry me?” After asking if he was serious about twenty times it finally sunk in and I started to cry saying YES! I am now one of the lucky few people in this world who can say that I get to marry my best friend and high school sweetheart.