1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
It will be 4 years on March 7th,
As a high school senior, I was able to go to a Model United
Nations conference with my school’s team. It was the second time that I
had attended the conference and I was so excited. I remember watching
the college students on the first night debate and I couldn’t wait to
begin the next day.
When I walked into the room that my
committee, Social and Humanitarian, would be held in, I was intrigued by
the handsome guy sitting at the table at the front. The session started
and he began to speak. I was immediately captivated by his ability to
command the room and be professional while still having fun. During a
break, I made a point to go up and introduce myself and was pleased to
find out that he was just as nice as he was handsome and funny.
So the conference ended, and I didn’t forget the chair who had the deep
voice and made Lord of the Rings references during session. Instead, I vowed to myself that if I was ever given the opportunity to
date someone like him, I would. I knew that he was the perfect guy for me, but I
didn’t know how he could ever notice me. I even told a friend of mine, “I’m going to marry that guy one day.” (Seriously! I swear I did.)
I decided to go to Winthrop University the next year. I loved the campus and the Model UN program. I
walked into the classroom for my Model UN class and saw him, standing
there. We made quick eye contact but nothing too obvious. I whispered to
my friend, ‘that’s the guy I was telling you about!’ because I had
informed her of the chair that had captivated my attention the year
before. After class, I went up and introduced myself again.
“Hi, I don’t know if you remember me, but I was in your committee last year,” I said.
“Yeah, you were the Netherlands, right?” he said. I blushed.
“Yeah, that was me! I’m Whitney.”
“I’m Nick. You should come with us to the White Horse. It’s a tradition that the class goes together every week.”
“Well, I would but I have plans tonight. I’ll definitely take you up on that offer later though!”
As I would walk back to my dorm after class, Nick would walk with me
that way too, since the White Horse was right behind my dorm. Each week,
he practically begged for me to come, but it took me weeks to take him
up on the offer.
It was Valentine’s Day (!) when I
finally went to the White Horse with the class. I remember sitting
there, watching as Nick made everyone laugh and seemed to float around
the table as he engaged each person in conversation. I confessed to a
few of the girls that I had an interest in him, and eventually it got
back to him. I added him on Facebook and we became friends.
After multiple conversations online and text messages, we went on a
date to O’Charley’s on February 18, 2008. Our first kiss was on February
29, Leap Day. :) We officially became a couple on March 7, 2008
We’ve been married for almost 7 months.
We got married in my hometown in SC. We had a medium sized wedding, with about 150 people.
Just the basic “baby” and “sweetie” but nothing special!
First, I love how funny he is. He makes me laugh constantly! Next, I love how sweet of a person that he is. He has told me stories of how he has helped people at his job, and I can’t believe that I’ve married someone who has such a passion for helping others. I also love how talented he is, in acting and singing (and apparently cello too, but I’ve never heard him play!).
celebration of our two year anniversary, Nick planned a surprise trip
to Charleston for the two of us. Little did I know, I was in for the
weekend of my life.
On Friday, he told me around noon to pack our bags for the weekend,
and get dressed. He had to go run some errands and said he would be
back shortly. I had no idea that he was going to pick up the engagement
About halfway to our destination, I correctly guessed the location, and was ecstatic. He had fooled me!
We spent the night having dinner at Charleston Crab House and lounging in the hotel room preparing for the next day.
The next morning we woke up, skipped breakfast, and headed out to
King Street to go shopping. We had a wonderful lunch at the Mellow
Mushroom and spent the day just sightseeing and enjoying each other’s
We went to Vickery’s on Mt. Pleasant for dinner, and watched the sun
set as we ate our delicious dinner. After dinner, Nick drove down to
Sullivan’s Island to see the ocean.
It was freezing, and just after dusk. With a beautiful light house in
the background, we walked onto the beach. We had no idea that the
beaches down there weren’t best suited for nighttime strolls. Still, we
looked out at the ocean and Nick held me tight.
He looked at my right hand, admiring the small ring that he gave me as a token on his love on our 6-month anniversary.
He said “You’re wearing it on the wrong hand.”
I laughed and said, “Oh, shut up!” He reached into his coat pocket… and the water works began.
Everything that had happened the previous week suddenly made sense.
The looks he was giving me, all the talk of my beautiful jewelery that
had been given as gifts previously…
He got down on one knee on the sandy beach and asked “will you marry me?”
I could barely muffle out a yes, so I just continued to cry.
He laughed and asked me, “So does that mean yes?”
I giggled and said, “Duh, of course!”
He held me and I was so giddy. I was sobbing!
Honestly, neither! He is more of a fancy dinner and couples massage (even though we’ve never done it, it’s our dream!)
I think both are great, but I probably prefer the movie better!
We definitely want to travel to France. He went as a senior in high school and I have been dying to go! (When we were in Disney World for our honeymoon, he spoke French to the workers in Epcot! He’s actually really good at it… plus its really sexy.)
No plans yet, I’m hoping he’s going to surprise me with something sweet. He has to work until 8 pm though :(
I have a few things in mind, but honestly what I want more than anything else is flowers delivered to my office (since I actually have an office now!)
Be honest with each other. Nick and I have so much trust for each other because we are 100% completely honest, whether its good or bad.
It was absolutely freezing the day of our engagement shoot, and Nick wanted to make sure that I was nice and warm. He’s always looking out for me. Also, you can see just how tiny I am compared to him, haha. (5’3” compared to 6’0”). I love this candid shot.