Steve and Abby have been together almost two years and are getting ready to start their lives together! They have shared long distance, college experiences, and one amazing proposal. Read below for their story details and see their proposal and engagement photos!
How did you meet?
We met freshman year of college in the dining commons, when a friend introduced us by saying “Abby meet Steve, Steve meet Abby, you both like talking about poop”. We were more of acquaintances then, but he always thought I was really cute. We always said “h”i, and had small talk, but nothing ever came of it.
In December right before Christmas break, he overheard a conversation between me and a mutual friend about how I was annoyed with the in the inability of boys at our university to just ask a girl on a date. It was then he decided he would ask me out on a date once we both returned back to school.
During the month of January I was out of the country teaching English to sweet Elementary Students in Manila, Philippines. While I was away Steve told all of his friends about his plans to ask me out as soon as I returned.
The morning I was returning to school for my second semester, I went to breakfast with my dad. During our conversation he told me he had a feeling I would meet my husband at Taylor, and even added he believed he would be a pastor though I was adamant I wouldn’t.
I arrived back to school, and went straight to the Student Center to get food. Steve walked in right when I walked by the front doors, and he asked me out for coffee!
Share one of your favorite dates.
My absolute favorite date took place where we would later get engaged. Steve had just moved down to Indianapolis to start his job before graduation, and it was one of our last weekends together before a summer apart. Steve had planned a picnic in the park, but it rained all morning. Instead, he took out the back seats of his car, laid down a blanket, prepared food, and had flowers waiting on the front seat for me when I walked in. We still went to the park, and had our picnic in the back seat of his car in the parking lot. We decided to brave the rain and went hiking through the trails, leaving completely soaking wet.
When did you know he/she was the one?
As crazy as it sounds, I vividly remember sitting on the bed next to my roommate only a few weeks after we started dating and after he met my parents and told her that I thought I would marry him someday. Steve said he knew after 6 weeks.
How did he pop the question?
Steve and I had been planning to go home for my fall break since the beginning of summer. Steve took off work early Saturday morning through Wednesday. This was going to be the first break since spring break that we would be together longer than three days, and I was SO excited about it. The weekend before we were supposed to leave, he told me he was just informed he had a meeting Saturday afternoon and we would have to leave later. I was SO upset! He promised me that we could hang out Saturday morning instead.
That Saturday, October 7th rolled around, and Andy, Steve’s brother was in town for a wedding. All three of us went to breakfast, and after we were seated I received a text from my dad telling me that the carbon monoxide detector went off late the night before, and they were evacuated from our house until Sunday afternoon. He asked if we could stay in Indy another night. Steve calmly told me that it would be okay, and instead, we could go have a fun date night.
Steve left for his meeting (which was really him meeting with my friends to plan out the space at the proposal site), and I stayed at his apartment with his brother, working on homework. He came back, and told me that I needed to dress up for our four-part date. Most of our dates are a mystery, so I didn’t think much of it.
The first part of our date was having dinner at a nice Italian restaurant, Mama Carolla’s. It was a pricier dinner than we normally go to, but I didn’t think much of it because Steve was acting so calm.
We left, and pulled up to Holiday Park, the same park as our parking lot picnic and the park he had jokingly fake proposed at back in April. As soon as we pulled in I was suspicious. I was still in a nice dress and heels, and he informed we were just going to be walk around.We walked all throughout the park, and went to the same deck where he had fake proposed. I was convinced I was about to get engaged, but nothing happened. Instead, he hit his wrist, and then said it was time to go to the next part of our date.
As we were driving to the next activity, he “couldn’t keep this a secret” and told me we were going to a concert. As soon as he told me this, I replied “Steve, I don’t know how you’re ever going to pull off a proposal, because you can’t ever keep a secret!” As soon as those words came out of my mouth, he received a text from my friend informing him he could return back to the park .
He began to freak out because he realized his watch was gone, and he thought he lost it when we were at the deck. He insisted we had to go back, but was SO upset that we were going to be late to the concert.
We pulled into the park and I prayed out loud that God would help him find the watch. I told Steve I would wait in the car while he went to look for the watch because I had heels on and didnt want to walk all the way back to the deck where he had hit his wrist and where the watch potentially was. He ran over to the deck where friends had set up lights while we were gone, and he quickly changed into dress slacks and a nice tie.
25 minutes later… I looked up from scrolling through Instagram to realize Steve left his phone in the car, and I was worried that he couldn’t find the watch because he didn’t have a flashlight. I grabbed his phone and ran over, but saw the lights, realized this must be “the day” and ran back to the car afraid I would mess it up.
A few minutes later, I decided I should probably go back over, and so nervously I walked over, and soon was confirmed that we were getting engaged!!!
I walked up to him, and he had a rock in his hand.
A few months prior, I told him I wanted to start collecting rocks from places where we have seen God’s faithfulness, but Steve just shrugged off the idea.
Steve handed me the rock and reminded me of the conversation we had a few months prior, and proceeded to tell me that earlier in the year he was proceeded to tell me that back in November when he was confused with what God was doing, so he went into the Taylor woods to pray, picked up a rock, and said that he would give it to his future wife someday to remember God’s faithfulness. He gave me the rock and said that we could start our collection now.
He then said “I have another rock for you!” and proceeded to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him!
Was the proposal a surprise?
Yes and no. I knew it would be coming sometime in the fall, but he completely surprised me on the actual day!
What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?
The way he can connect with so many different people and is constantly looking for the good in everyone.
How do you envision your wedding day?
I envision a party with all of our favorite people in one room! I want to completely enjoy the day and know nothing about any problems that may be occuring throughout the day because no matter what, at the end of the day I am marrying my best friend!
How did you decide on your venue?
I wanted something that was a mix of both elegant and casual as well as a place that had enough character so that I did not have to put a lot of effort into decorations.
Are there any special or family traditions you’ll be incorporating?
I will be wearing my mom’s earrings from when her and my dad got married as well as my best friend (and Matron-of-Honor’s) veil. Our faith is extremely important to us, and we wanted a cross at the end of the aisle. My dad literally cut down a tree with the help of extended family and made the cross that will be on the altar.
What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?
Knowing that I get to spend the rest of my days beginning on that day with Steve.
Stay tuned for sneak peeks of their wedding day on June 9th!