I have known Levi since I was nine years old. We met the year that both of our families moved out to Jackson Hole, we both happened to join the same summer camp. But it wasn't until years later that I really got to know him and we started spending time together. It was the summer before my Junior year of high school, I was 16 and he was 18. We spent almost every day together, finding new adventures around town, he also took the time to teach me how to fish. It was picture perfect up until the day he had to go off to college and my family announced that we were moving back to the East Coast. From there our lives headed in entirely opposite directions, him staying in Wyoming and me moving from Maine down to Miami, and eventually up to New York.
Almost a decade later, we both found ourselves newly single and suddenly texting throughout the day turned into phone calls all night long. We had been apart for almost nine years so as you can imagine there was so much to catch each other up on. We spoke on the phone for endless hours almost every night, while I was living New York City and he was across the country in Wyoming. I let this carry on for a few weeks until the opportunity arose for me to take a trip and visit him again and I immediately jumped for it. March 3rd, 2016 is the day my life was forever changed. I knew when I stepped off the plane back in Jackson, that this time we weren't going to have to say goodbye like we had years ago. After the weekend was over, he finally asked me if I would ever be his girlfriend from New York - which resulted in me hysterically crying and agreeing without any doubt.
Fast forward past months of long distance, to October 2016. He invited me up to his family's cabin in the upper peninsula of Michigan, a place very close to his heart that he had never taken a girl to experience before. We spent a few days exploring our beautiful surroundings, after one of the busiest couple of months I had ever had in my career. There was no doubt in my mind that Levi and I were going to end up together, but to be totally honest him asking me to marry him was the last thing I expected to happen during this trip. The poor guy was faced with surprising a wedding planner and to me that is quite a daunting task to take on, so to this day I still give him some serious credit.
It was three days into our vacation when we took a drive with his parents and our dogs up to a lighthouse that overlooks Lake Superior. We all headed out onto the beach from the boardwalk, naturally, his parents faded into the background while we continued down the beach. Nothing seemed strange about this at all to me. We eventually stopped to take in the view when Levi pulled me in close and said: "Eliza, I want to spend the rest of my life with you". My immediate response to that was, "Well yeah honey, we've been over this I do too.." completely oblivious to what was about to happen. He smirked and pulled out a ring from his jacket pocket, and said, "Well, will you????" and slid the ring on my finger, knowing the whole time that my answer was of course, yes - a million times over.
So now, I am back in Jackson Hole, we are eloping in less than a month and not a day goes by that I don't have to pinch myself that we ended up together.
~ Bride-to-be, Eliza