It was the summer of 2016 and the start of my senior year at Grand Valley State University. My mind was focused on getting into my Master’s program and enjoying my final year on the west side of the state with my friends. Connor, a good friend I had met my freshman year at Grand Valley, was convinced he had the perfect friend from home to set me up with. I reluctantly agreed, not knowing anything about who I was being set up with. Little did I know that 3 years later this friend of a friend would become the love of my life and FIANCE. It started as attending a welcome week Luau party with a group of friends. Then we went on one date. Then another. And another. And another. Then, the rest was history. Though a majority of our relationship was long-distance and spent driving 2 hours to see each other on the weekends, we always made time for each other whether it’d be spending time at our favorite spot in Grand Haven, trying new restaurants, or just enjoying each other’s company.

Fast forward 3 years, and now we are engaged!! I did not see it coming at all. Anytime Eddie and I would talk about engagement he would jokingly say, “Eh, maybe 5 years or so.” (Little did I know, he had already designed and bought the ring when we had this conversation.) The engagement was everything I could have imagined and more. We drove to Detroit, Michigan on October 19th and I thought we were going to a sweetest day dinner.

While walking to the Renaissance Center, Eddie took a slight detour through Hart Plaza where he proposed. His brother and his brother’s girlfriend were there to capture the special moment. Just when I thought all of the surprises were over, we walked into the restaurant where I saw my family and grandparents and Eddie’s family and grandparents were there to celebrate with us. It was the perfect day.

Over the last 3 years, we have come to learn so much about each other and our family traditions. With both of us coming from ethnic backgrounds (Eddie is Greek and Lebanese and I am Mexican), one of our favorite parts of our relationship is learning each other’s cultural traditions and slowly adopting them and making them our own, whether it be trying new foods, learning the language, and everything in between. We are so excited for this next chapter in our lives together and are so thankful for the special part that Engels’ Jewelry played in our story.