BOTW: Christina Trevino

Christina Trevino

Six years ago I thought I was the lowest point in my life.  I had just broken-up with my high school sweetheart and I thought I would never find true love again.  Shortly thereafter Scott came in and swept me off my feet.  We jokingly tell people from the moment we met we haven’t been away from each other for more than a day.  The truth is we really have not.

We both worked at a small engineering and construction company in San Antonio.  We would often run into each other at the company gym because coincidentally we were both training to run our first half marathon.  Running and fitness has always been a hobby of ours and it is what we enjoy doing together.  Since we have been together we have ran numerous half and full marathons, in addition to competing in various other fitness related endeavors.   We are both active and adventurous and we love the time we share with one another.  Those who play together stay together.  There have been so many adventures taken and memories made. [Read more...]


BOTW: Megan Winton

Meg Winton

To tell you about my engagement, I first have to tell you about the night that we started dating. On March 31st, he had reservations for us to eat at the Cheesecake Factory at Memorial City Mall at 11pm, which I thought was a bit late, but I went along with it. I found out later that he wanted to wait until after midnight to ask me to be his girlfriend so that we could start dating on the 1st, because every month has a 1st! Now, that involved some stalling when it came to ordering dessert, but the flowers and the cheesecake were brought out and everything went over smoothly.

Fast forward to a little over 2 ½ years later. We live about an hour apart while I attend nursing school at the University of Mary Harden Baylor. Over Thanksgiving break, we were shuttling back and forth from his family to my family (both live in the Houston area) so that we could spend time with everyone. On November 29th, he had been talking to me about taking me on a date, because school had been really busy and we had not had a lot of quality time together outside of studying for a while. I agreed, but he wouldn’t tell me where we were going. [Read more...]

BOTW: Keri Yee

Keri Yee

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Shortly after, I received an acceptance to complete my Masters of Science degree at Texas Woman’s University in Houston and moved back to Houston in the fall of 2011. Though I had grown up in Houston, being away for four years made me feel like a newbie to this city, and I wanted to explore new places and meet new people. It was at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner that I met Jonathan. Though I wasn’t actively pursuing anyone at the time after just moving back home, I found that Jonathan was so easy to talk to and we got along so well! We were both at first a bit shy in taking that next step in admitting our feelings for each other. Jon would ask our mutual friends when I would go to the next group gathering so that he could spend some time with me- I didn’t know he had taken such an interest to me, and he didn’t realize that I was interested in him! Finally on Halloween at a costume party downtown, our close mutual friend revealed our secrets (she thought it was crazy how we didn’t already know!) and suggested that we finally go on our first date together. We were surprised, but didn’t hesitate at her suggestion. We went on our very first date the next weekend and discovered we had a few shared passions-dancing, comedies, exploring quaint and curious landmarks in the city, and enjoying delicious and exotic new foods. We had so many common interests, including our plans of helping people through our careers in healthcare and research. We fell in love with each other and after four years of dating, we got engaged.

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BOTW: Kristen Bench

Kristen Bench

A few months before July, my Fiancé, Jonathan and I had talked about going somewhere for the 4th of July weekend.  With the 4th of July approaching, we decided to make plans with friends to go down to my family beach house in Surfside, Freeport. We all arrived Thursday afternoon.  We just relaxed and enjoyed the evening breeze on the deck. On Friday, we headed to the beach to enjoy the beautiful, sunny day.  We had plans to drive into Galveston later that evening to have dinner and watch the fireworks that were taking place in town.  We hung out on the beach catching up, playing volleyball, and throwing the football around.  When three o’clock rolled around, we started to head back to the house for an evening in town, or at least I thought.  I remember all of us girls conversing, laughing and having fun when my fiancé approached me saying that he and the guys were heading down stairs to get the truck started.  Of course I thought nothing of it.  As the girls and I made it out the door and down the stairs, I started to notice a lit tiki torch.  When I made it to the bottom landing, turning to head towards the truck, I saw my fiancé in the distance standing in the middle of red, pink, and white rose petals.  Leading up to him was a perfectly lit pathway of tiki torches and scattered rose petals.  I could not have gotten down that pathway quick enough.  Once I got to him, he reached for my hands and held them so tight.  He began to tell me about all of the qualities that he loved in me.  He told me about when he knew that I was the one for him.  He told me why I was the one for him.  He told me why he wants to spend the rest of his life with me.  And then he told me why he picked my family beach house to propose.

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BOTW: Rosalba Martinez

Rosalba Martinez

It was a day before my fiancé Jose’s 31st birthday when myself and his family had planned a “surprised birthday party” for him, Saturday June 27th  we invited all his family and my family as well. I was trying to do everything possible to distract him that day and keep him busy, since his birthday was the following day June 28th I told him I was taking him and his daughter Leilani out to a nice dinner. I blind folded him into my car and took extra turns while driving so he would not know I was actually taking him to his sister’s house. We arrived and we were able to “surprise” him as you can say, as a tradition to us Mexicans we had a piñata to hit, sing and break for everyone to get candies. [Read more...]

BOTW: Precious Knighton

Precious Knighton

After running a race at the first track meet of my seventh grade year I remember being pestered by a strange eighth grader who I had never seen before. He asked me a dozen questions and I realized that he was one of the popular boys that my mother warned me to stay away from. For the remainder of the school year I mysteriously ran into him after every single one of my classes and every time I went to my locker. On the last day of school he informed me that next year he would be going to high school and that we would never see each other again. Before getting on the school bus to go home I signed his year book with my phone number, and the rest is history. Zachary and I began dating September 17th, 2006 and it has been an enchanted journey ever since.

We went from high school sweethearts to college sweethearts in what felt like only a few years. I proudly rooted for him in the stands at all of his University of Houston football games in the fall and he cheered for me at all of my Rice track meets in the spring. Zachary graduated from the University of Houston in 2014 and in May of 2015 it was finally my turn. At Rice University there is a new tradition of celebrating commencement during a two day period. On the evening of the second day of commencement I had an extravagant party planned for all of my family and friends to celebrate my accomplishments. [Read more...]

BOTW: Malissa Peek

Malissa Peek

I actually had never been asked how me and nick met until that day at the extravaganza and even more, I hadn’t realized how cool of a story it was until I told it. I met nick … wait wait I heard nick for the first time about a year and a half ago. I had just finished judging a karaoke contest at a local bar when I heard the voice of an angel singing “I’ll be” by Edwin McCain I waited for him to finish singing and I all but rushed to him. You see I am a musician, lead singer of the band southbound 45 and I had just let go of my original rythym guitarist about a week prior. First thing I said to him was “can you play the guitar?” his response was “I got one in the truck.” My bass player,  nick and myself went outside and jammed out on a tailgate for a while. I told him to audition for my band. He bugged me for the whole week leading to the audition , about a million questions, and he of course nailed it. We put him in the band and as taboo as it is to mix business with pleasure the pull towards one another was magnetic. We tried to hide it from everyone but eventually we knew this thing we had was real and that we could not hide anything any longer. He was my missing piece and I was his. Everyone responded with the “we knew this was going to happen,”  “we could see it”. And the rest is history. [Read more...]

BOTW: Kacie Johnson

Kacie Johnson

Michael and I have been together for about two and a half years. We were introduced by mutual friends during my senior year of college at the University of Houston. Both of us have strong passions in our lives that began when we were young, and continued through high school, college and we are still involved in today- cheerleading for me and baseball for Michael. I was the Captain of the UH cheer squad for two years and now I am a coach at the middle school I work at. Michael played baseball through his younger years, continuing through high school and in college at Sam Houston State University. Michael is also a coach, coaching P.E. at a school and is currently coaching a collegiate team during the summer.
During our first summer together, Michael took a position playing professional baseball in a different state. It was one of the hardest times I have ever had to deal with. Being away from the one you love and not being able to be near them is very difficult. My parents helped fly me up for a couple of visits, but it was one of the longest summers!

This summer, Michael accepted a head coach position in a collegiate summer league in Victoria, Texas, with the Victoria Generals. He knew how much I would miss being separated from him, but he also knows I understand his passion and I am here to support his dreams. With him still in Texas, I can go and watch some of the games and get to see him frequently.

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BOTW: Nicole Weyand

Nicole Weyand

For a month before he proposed, Anthony would put us two into situations where I thought it could happen any second, but he would always find a way to ruin ‘the moment’! One Sunday evening we were driving around in the country near my parents house and as the sun was setting, he started insisting he had a song to sing for me! I got all flustered and anxious to find him singing a Cheech and Chong song! What a bummer! Then, I was having the worst day, the week of March 26th, but trying to make it better, I agreed to make dinner for the both of us. So, I went over to his house and as I was pulling everything out of the oven and getting it ready, I did not realize that he left. As I turned around to tell him it was time to eat, he was already sitting there on his knee with the ring out and asked me the ultimate question! It could not have been more of a surprise! I could not believe it for a moment and asked him if this was for real! It was truly sweet and simple in his cowboy way and I love him dearly for that!

BOTW: Stormy Veatch

Stormy Veatch

My fiancé, Joshua, asked me to go with his family on an all-inclusive trip to Cancun, Mexico to celebrate the marriage of his cousin. We were so excited for the trip, and could not wait to be strolling down the beach hand in hand celebrating the love of two people we were close to. The trip was in June 2014 right after we graduated from Texas Tech University, which is where we met in class. We had a graduation party together, and that is when he asked my parents for their permission. A few weeks later we were finally at the beach! The whole trip I had been begging him to take pictures with me on the beach, but we never had time because we were too busy having fun! Then one night, he told me he was going to go find one of his family members to take pictures while I finished getting ready. It was starting to get late and the nightly entertainment at the resort was about to start, so I left the room and ran into his cousin, Sarah, who was the one going to take pictures of us. She told me he had to do something for his mom real quick and that he would meet us down on the beautiful beach. Joshua finally met us there and we begun taking pictures. He started talking all cheesy (which he never does), and next thing I know he is down on one knee asking me to marry him. I am sure you already know this, but….. I SAID YES! It was all so special, and my Grandma blessed us with the stone from the ring her and my grandpa were married with. I was very close to my Grandpa and he is no longer with us, so it is a great thing to know the love they shared is now representing the love between me and Joshua.

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BOTW: Kaitlynn Arnold

Kaitlynn Arnold

Taylor and I met about 4 years ago right before I went to college. Taylor was already enrolled at the University of Oklahoma. Since I am a year younger, a mutual friend of ours decided to bring me to a get together with all the “OU” people so that I could meet them before going up there. Not only did I have some friendly faces around campus when I eventually did go up there, but Taylor and me completely hit it off. He asked me to be his girlfriend the very first week of school. Here we are 4 years later, one of them being long distance, and we are engaged.

The night of July 3rd Taylor told me we were going to go to The Grove for a happy hour so that I could meet some of his work friends. I got dressed up, knowing this restaurant was pretty nice. We have gone through the garden of Discovery Greens before, so I didn’t think much of it when he started leading me through the flowers. That is essentially one of the ways to get to the restaurant anyway. He then turned to me and started talking about how he had been working together with my family for the past month to put this whole thing together. I didn’t really know what he was referring to. He then preceded to tell me how much he loved me and how he wanted to stand before The Lord and make me his wife. He got down on one knee and that is when I completely lost it and started to “ugly cry”. I was COMPLETELY surprised. [Read more...]

BOTW: Kristi Jones James

Kristi Jones James

Hi, My name is Kristi James and here is my moment of joy & excitement….MY PROPOSAL

I am the future bride of Pete Sertuche Jr. and excited to say that the day I have waited for and dreamed about after dating for 12 years will take place on December 31,2016 at Our Lady of Victory in Victoria Texas. Like many others, My proposal is one that I never seen coming. Little did I know that the day before we were off on our trip, Pete secretly went and asked my father for my hand in marriage. I was stunned when he told me what he had done. My heart beams just thinking about it. I can only imagine the look my father had on his face when he asked. It was a planned trip to Cabo that was a much needed escape from our busy crazy lives. A week that was full of rest, relaxation and adventure. How beautiful the scenery was. It simply took my breath away. We quickly devoured every moment there together and I must admit that at times it felt like we were dreaming. The days were full of sunshine bouncing off the clear blue water and sand running through our toes. We took advantage of every moment we had together. [Read more...]

BOTW: Lauren Steele

Lauren Steele

My Amazing Proposal:
Proposals can be amazing for so many reasons; an unexpected surprise, a beautiful ring, conducted in front of friends and family, a beautiful setting, it is caught on camera, etc. Mine was all of these!
The Lead Up:
My fiancé and I knew we wanted to get married and we had found a great jeweler and were in the process of designing a ring we both loved. The jeweler had given us the wax version of the ring so we could see how it would look and he sent it to his shop to complete and told us it would be ready in a week. However, something went wrong when they were making it, and it was delayed (or so I thought). I was really disappointed as we had spent so much time looking at rings, deciding what we wanted and designing the perfect, beautiful ring.
Shawn forwarded me an email from the Jeweler describing what happened and that we would be able to pick it up after we returned from a ski trip in Crested Butte, CO and we scheduled to pick it up on Monday.
My sister was unable to join us on the ski trip and asked me if we could go to the Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, TX on Sunday when we returned from our ski trip. This place has been very special to me and Shawn and we have spent many Sundays there enjoying their wine and the evening concerts they put on. We have always wanted my family to join us but it never seemed to work out. I thought this would be great that my sister finally wanted to go and she suggested that I ask my parents and brother if they would join as well. I knew we would be exhausted from the ski trip but it was a chance for my family to see the place that was special to us, so we planned to have dinner there and watch a concert. [Read more...]

BOTW: Martha Rodriguez

Martha Rodriguez

My fiancé, Rick, and I recently went on vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. From the first day that we arrived to the resort, I had been suggesting that we take a walk down the beach in the evening (I love the sound of the waves and the peacefulness on the beach at night). On our last night there we still hadn’t had a chance to take our walk, so Rick suggested that we finally do so after dinner. We had dinner reservations at one of the top restaurants on the resort that evening, and enjoyed a lovely candle lit dinner. Before we went down to the beach, Rick mentioned that he wanted to go back to our suite to change his clothes. I agreed, with the thought that I could take advantage and change out of my shoes, as well.

On our way up to our suite, we were chatting about the overall experience of our trip and how perfect the evening was to walk the beach. The evening was truly perfect UNTIL… I stepped in a puddle of water that was weirdly enough in the middle of hallway. I was wearing wedges, so when I stepped in the water, it got in my shoes and on my toes. From that point and all the way to our suite, which was clear across the other end of that hallway, I complained the ENTIRE time. “There is water in between my toes!”, “Why in the WORLD would there be a puddle of water right in the middle of the hallway?!”, “I mean, was that even water?! Eww! EWW! What if it wasn’t water?!” My only concern was to wash my feet ASAP.

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BOTW: Miracle Simpson

Miracle Simpson


The day I got engaged was just a regular day. No holiday, no special occasion. Just a Saturday…or so I thought.

I had just returned to Houston after being on a four day trip to Dallas for one of my sorority sister’s dental school graduation. As soon as I got back in town, I met up with Chris and went to his aunt’s house for a birthday party. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon with food, family, friends, and really good cake!

When living in Houston, the one thing you can count on is crazy weather that changes with no warning. I looked outside expecting to enjoy a view of the beautiful day but instead was met with a completely black sky. When Chris realized it was about to storm he wanted to leave the party immediately. I was thinking, “There is a whole tsunami about to happen and he wants to drive home while the world is coming to an end?!?!” Because he was so insistent on leaving, I went along with it and just got my purse (and a to-go plate).

On the drive to his house, Chris held my hand and told me he loved me for about the third time that day. I had no idea of what was to come and just thought that he really missed me since I had been out of town. We arrived at his house safely and Chris suggested that we sit in his newly decorated garage turned man-cave and watch the rain. As we walked through the garage, Chris suddenly reached for his leg and fell to the floor in pain saying, “I have a cramp!” He gets those from time to time so I wasn’t alarmed. I said, “Get up and shake it off. You will be alright.” He touched my leg and said, “Miracle help me.”

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BOTW: Neesha Ochoa

Neesha Ochoa

To start with once upon a time could be misleading because when you have found your soul mate the storybook romance should start as “ And so our time begins”. And so our time begins, as though my life was not whole until I met my gentleman Dwayne. We met through a mutual friend who insisted that she introduce her friend to me. I truly didn’t pay her much mind. I was to busy playing scrabble. And the story could start with I played scrabble with him online, but the truth is we were meant to meet. As I got better at playing a favorite opponent, I noticed that low and behold this was the same person my “cupid” friend wanted me to meet.  And so our time begins… we met for lunch and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Our engagement… There was the casual talk of engagement over the previous months as we had been attending several weddings however truly I didn’t know that Dwayne had given much thought to an engagement because life was happening around us. I was in nursing school, he was moving up in his job. We had several events coming up and decided to attend a wonderful family event.  Unbeknownst to me he had already spoken to my parents and had only given a select few, hints of a great surprise. At the end of the gathering Dwayne announced to everyone that he had a very selfish but important announcement. [Read more...]

BOTW: Nylvantia Rahaman

Nylvantia Rahaman

Me and Caston have been dating for about 5 years since 2010 but we have known each other for our whole life since our families have been so close to each other. People say that love at first site does not happen, but I disagree. When I first met him and we started talking, I could not help but smile and get butterflies in my stomach. I still get the feeling every time I am around him. I know every girl says that, but I am extremely happen about our life and where it is going. We have been talking about marriage for a while, we have a 2 year old child and it was time for marriage. I knew already at some point I was going to get the ring. On Christmas Eve I was getting ready for the day and our son was ready and he said he would be right back he had to get something, now I was not expecting it to be a ring I knew it was my gift because he likes to give it early. When he came up stairs I was sitting on the couch and he gets down on one knee and says I am the love of his life and he wants to continue to grow our family and our life together. When he told me that I cried my eyes out, It was the perfect setting, I love the intimate just me and him. I am the type of person who does not like all the attention, so this was a perfect way to me to propose to me. I appreciate the thought he put into it. Of course I said Yes, and I am more excited than anything.

BOTW: Olivia Montagna

Olivia Montagna

My fiance, Dillon Robinette and I met in college at Texas A&M. He was in the Corps of Cadets and was commissioning into the Army as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation. A few months before graduating, he was told the Army would be stationing him in Ft. Drum, NY. Dillon has been in New York since November 2014. I still living in Texas, would travel every couple of months to visit. (Gotta love long distance) I was planning for what would be my last trip for a while since Dillon was going to be attending Army Ranger School and I was starting my first job as a Life Style Coordinator for Cane Island- a new master planned community.

I travel to upstate New York and am enjoying my visit with Dillon. The weekend was approaching and he asked if I wanted to go hiking in Lake Placid. I of course said yes, because I have been wanting to hike the peaks in the Adirondacks for quite some time and it is one of our favorite places. When I visited over New Years, we went and visited the town and did fun things like dog sledding and tubing at the Olympic training center. Dillon and I love adventures and enjoy trying new things. He thought it would be a good idea to pack picnic lunch for us to enjoy at the top of the mountain. He tells me to pack nice clothes for dinner after our hike. (He wouldn’t give any hint as to what we were doing afterwards thus my suspicions were mounting) It was a beautiful 2 hour car ride. The weather was in the high 60′s and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

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BOTW: Sylvia Orosco

Sylvia Orosco

Tuesday, June 30th the alarm sounds to wake up and neither one of us wanted to get out of bed, which made it clear why I kept snoozing and snoozing it, must have been 6 times.  We were just laying around and spoke about how slow the work week was going and we couldn’t wait for Thursday, because we would set off to Nashville, Tennessee for our Fourth of July weekend (I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a feeling it would happen 4th of July weekend with the beautiful fireworks going on).

Finally we headed out at the same time and just like every morning Matt gives me a sweet kiss saying, “alright baby, see you later, be careful, and I love you so much!”  I walk off to head to my car, while Matt awaits for the elevator to arrive to take him level 5 where his truck is parked, I look back and he is watching me walk off smiling and like always I yell “I love you SO much and can’t wait to see you later!”  When I got in my car I couldn’t stop smiling at the thought what a lucky girl I am and thinking “god I want to marry that man.”

That afternoon around 2ish he had a meeting to tend to at Rudy’s BBQ in Spring …. And, coincidentally my parents were in town from Lake Livingston to take my baby nephew to the doctor in The Woodlands and later on were going to eat at Rudy’s BBQ for a late lunch. [Read more...]

BOTW: Lauren Thornton

Lauren Thornton

Lauren’s good friend, Robert, is a jeweler by trade and he helped Alex design the perfect ring based on Lauren’s inspiration and desires. Alex found a way to meet with Robert, while he was off work in between offshore hitches, to design the ring and plan the perfect proposal. Alex had been to all of Lauren’s previous gigs with her band and the Fourth of July extravaganza at the Sugar Land Town Square gave him the perfect platform for the proposal. Alex attended the performance, helped setup the stage, and even ran off to fetch sunscreen, like a good groupie. During the show, he was amazed by Lauren’s stage presence and knew that night was the night he would commit himself to Lauren.

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BOTW: Annie Pilgrim

Annie Pilgrim

I LOVE my proposal story!

Brady Holcomb has been such a special part of my life for a long time. We met and began dating when we were juniors in high school and continued dating through the first two years of college. Last year, after graduating from SHSU, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. We reconnected before he left for basic training and A School. He came home before he began his assignment in San Diego. We knew then that together forever was what we both wanted.

Brady was deployed a few short weeks later and our communications were in the form of emails and letters for the next 7 months. There were phone calls when his ship was in port in various places. It was always so great to hear his voice! As hard as it was for me missing him at holidays and just hanging out, I knew I couldn’t imagine what his sacrifice must be like. I was so excited to join his mother and father to welcome the ship back into San Diego May 15 of this year. It was an honor and privilege to be with other military families as they anxiously watched the ship come into port with their loved ones. [Read more...]

BOTW: Kashara Smith

Kashara Smith
On December 9th, 2016, my church had a “Family Game Night” which allowed for good food, fun, and fellowship with the people that I love. Coincidentally, December 9th is also my birthday, so I invited ALL of my friends and family to come celebrate my birthday at my church for the Game night. My fiancé invited some of his friends and family as well!

As the night went on, we shared laughs, smiles and lots of good food! In the middle of the game of “Family Fued”, my pastor asked everyone to direct their attention to the front of the church. I saw my mother and cousin walk up with a microphone. In my head I was thinking “I hope my mom is not about to sing lol” (she can’t sing to save her life, but she thinks that she is Beyoncé). Instead, my cousin and my mother began to read a monologue about the Game of Chess. Initially I thought it was entertainment for the game night, hence the monologue was about “chess”. I later found out that I was wrong. The monologue detailed the battle and combat of strength between the King piece and the Queen piece in the Game of chess. The more the monologue went on I started to realize that I had heard this before. When Darius and I first started dating he let me read some of the poetry and pieces that he had written in his college days, which I thought was so romantic. [Read more...]

BOTW: Amanda Warren

Amanda Warren
My fiancé, Kyle, had accepted a job that had him leaving Houston the second week of May and returning the second week of August. I was bummed we were going to miss an entire summer together, but I knew this was something that he really wanted to do. I was expecting him to return on Wednesday, August 10 but little did I know, he had returned Saturday, August 6th with a plan and a ring.

My cousin, Emma, and I had just returned from Florida on Saturday and decided to stop by my mom’s house. My mom suggested that we come over tomorrow for dinner to catch up and tell her all about our vacation. The next day, after shopping with Emma and my best friend Kiki, we head over to my mom’s house for dinner. We arrive at my mom’s and I walked through the garage door to get to the kitchen like I always do and I am surprised to see ALL of my family and friends standing in the house, staring at me like a deer in headlights. I was confused until I saw my dad and stepmom, which told me something was up, so I asked, “Where’s Kyle?” to no answer. [Read more...]

BOTW: Brisa Contreras

Brisa Contreras

So before I tell you about my fairytale dream come true, I want to give you a brief background about my Fiancé and I so you can understand our circumstances. I, Brisa Monique Contreras, am a proud Fightin’ Texas Aggie, Class of 2017 currently working towards my Bachelor’s Degree on a path towards my Master’s as a Physician Assistant.  My Fiancé, Corey Austin Ray, is a former A&M student and Aggie baseball player.  He is currently pitching in the minor leagues for the Kansas City Royals. We both work hard towards our dreams and our dreams require quite a bit of our time, which gives us less time to be together. So, 2 weeks before Corey had to leave for spring training and the baseball season this year, a total of 7 months time away from home, we decided to treat ourselves to a romantic get away weekend for Valentines Day in San Antonio. We checked into our hotel Friday night and the next morning we got up and spent most of the day at the San Antonio Zoo. The weather was perfect and we had such a great time. We even got to feed the giraffes; something both of us had never done before. I thought that was going to be the highlight of my day, but little did I know. Tired and exhausted, we went back to our hotel for a quick nap and shower before dinner. [Read more...]

BOTW: Lisa Villareal

Lisa Villareal

The day Kevin propose was no regular day I woke up feeling refreshed and great that day I went to work and was super excited about our dinner that we were celebrating Mother’s Day early given and we have been together for eight years we had just celebrated our sons first birthday and I knew that it was time that we finally made our family whole. That evening my mom was so eager to babysit which being a Thursday was a little unusual but I could just see the excitement in her eyes for us to go and have a nice dinner.Once we arrived to dinner we talked about our past and future and what we wanted out of life, what our future goals were.We talked about his mother whom we unfortunately lost in 2007. It was the hardest thing that I have gone through. [Read more...]

BOTW: Liezl Querubin

Liezl Querubin

Thousands of pink rose petals, carefully scattered through the hallways of our building, creating a path from the elevator to the front door of our apartment. The classic sounds of Abbey Road emanating from the turntable in the corner of the room. A romantic, home-cooked dinner on the kitchen table, complete with place settings and dinner napkins. A nice bottle of wine, set out to breathe in the decantur, and ready to be enjoyed along side some chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. According to Richie, this was exactly how his proposal plan was supposed to unfold. But several missed connections with the FedEx truck, a last minute trip to Europe, and a few mishaps all conspired together to derail his meticulous plans. The events leading up to our proposal did not follow a page out of the typical “fairy tale” romance playbook. In fact, our story reads more like a modern day screenplay collaboration between the creators of Seinfeld and Peter Sellers’ Pink Panther: a farcical comedy of errors, complete with work deadlines, uncannily bad timing, and the all too familiar headache of shipping delays from ordering online. It was stressful. It was a bit of a mess. It was not at all what he intended it to be. And it was absolutely perfect. Richie’s plans for our proposal couldn’t have veered any further from their intended course. The whole process was delayed several times, and simultaneously, it was put under a severe, last-minute time crunch.  His original plan was to propose to me on my birthday, May 4th. This would have been both meaningful and timely, as it would allow me to show off my engagement ring to my coworkers at my school’s annual end of the year party. [Read more...]

BOTW: Jacquelyn Kellar

Jacquelyn Kellar

My fiancé proposed in the most surprising, perfect way. He had a “surprise” planned for our anniversary and had my parents drive me blindfolded to the beach, which has been my favorite spot since childhood. We arrived and he opened the car door and asked me to take a walk. However, there was some pretty bad weather and it was windy and drizzly, but I didn’t care. We walked down to this driftwood log with bouquets of flowers all over it along with a large wine bottle with a letter in it. He took it out and read it, and it was addressed to him, telling him to ask me to marry him and to never let me go. So he did :) he got on one knee and the image of the waves crashing behind him as he proposed with a ring is burned in my memory forever.

BOTW: Lindsay Carter

Lindsay Carter

My fiancé and me celebrated our 12th anniversary this April. We met in Junior High School at an annual carnival in our hometown. I would have never thought that 13 years later we would be getting married!

We have gone through many stages of life together; high school, college, and now adulthood. We have both found a passion in fitness, health, and bodybuilding. We have been competing in bodybuilding shows for three years now and placed top 5 last year at the Branch Warren Classic here in Houston, which qualified us for Nationals. [Read more...]

BOTW: Francesca Balestrine

Francesca Balestrine

I have just recently become engaged this June on the 5th with my now fiancé Martin Gonzalez. It was actually just a day after his birthday and a few days before mine when he popped the question. Our birthdays are only 4 days apart, but we are several years apart in age. My story began once he told me we were going to Riverside, California (which is his home town) to support his younger brother graduating from high school. He really wanted to be there for him as he was proud. The first night we get there I meet a bunch of family and friends as we enjoy the night together catching up before the day my life took a big step! The following morning consisted of heading to the beach to enjoy some fun in the sun; we have a group of people with us to have some quality time with Martin since they all missed him in his absence living in Texas. After several hours at the beach the ride home seemed to be a quiet one since everyone was exhausted from being out in the sun. On the way back we head out to eat some great food to fuel us for the rest of the day. At dinner we all come to a decision to drive up a near by mountain to watch the sunset, but we start running behind because I needed a sweater as I was still in swim suit attire I knew I would get cold out there. At this point we are literally trying to catch the sun and my fiancé is speeding up the mountain trying to trail his friend since we took two vehicles to fit our group. I start to panic a bit since I get carsick. I tell him to slow down as I start to stress the fact we are only going higher and not slowing down (I’m also scared of heights). [Read more...]

BOTW: Shi Barajas

Shi Barajas

On the day of our four and a half year anniversary my fiancé took me on a spontaneous trip to Austin. Being such a spontaneous trip we had no idea where we were going once we arrived. Then we read about this mountain, Mount. Bonnell, which is said to be a great place to watch the sunset or even gaze at the stars. So being a place that neither of us had ever seen before, we decided that we would see what it was like before coming back that evening. While walking around we came upon a beautiful rock ledge hanging off the side of the mountain overlooking the water below. At that moment we knew we had found the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Later that evening after a day full of site seeing and enjoying nature we headed back to the mountain. As we got closer to the mountain we began to notice the parking lot was nearly full with more cars pouring in by the second. As we made our way to our spot we had picked out earlier that day every rock, bench, and any other place that was available to sit was full. [Read more...]