“You Never Truly Know What The Universe Has In Store For You”: Gabrielle & Teresa’s Proposal Story

by Taylor Team

How We Met

Teresa & I met online on December 24, 2015. Neither of us were looking for anyone or anything in particular; we were really just on this dating app to pass the time. On Christmas Eve, I messaged Teresa to say ‘hey’. Teresa will attest to the day that she dies that she has no idea why she ever answered me, but she did! We began talking via text message and FaceTime for over two months, before we finally went on our first date in March 2016.

We had our first date at a sushi place in the area that Teresa lived. It was very awkward (well, Teresa was), but also hubby. I left that night thinking that I would probably never see Teresa again. I walked to the parking lot of my complex and got into my car, when my phone buzzed. It was Teresa. She sent me a paragraph apologising for how awkward the date was, and how nervous she has been just being there with me. I had been equally as nervous as her! That text led to our second date, which, three and a half years later, led to a proposal, and our engagement!

It just goes to show that you never truly know what the universe has in store for you, or who. Since being together, we have been on countless adventures. We wound up moving into the same complex that Teresa lived in when we first met. We’ve gone on incredible vacations, lived in Hawaii for two months, and it was on that very trip, at the top of Haleakala Crater, that I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with this girl. With Teresa, the universe knew what it was doing.

Our Relationship

I had no idea that the proposal was going to happen. We had gone shopping for rings twice, and the last time we went was actually two months to the date before we got engaged. We had picked out the engagement ring, but when we left, I had no idea that she was going to purchase it two days later. She’s a sneaky one – she even took my mom to see it and ask for her blessing!

The week before we got engaged, I was cleaning our apartment and accidentally found the ring. In my defence, she shouldn’t have had it in the house with someone who is a crazy neat freak! I didn’t open the box, but I knew what it was. Six days later, I had a photoshoot scheduled for school. Little did I know that I was getting engaged that day!

The Proposal

We were on the beach at Sandy Hook in New Jersey. I was doing some solo shots with the photographer and then I heard “Marry Me” by Martina McBride come on. I know what you’re thinking, but she didn’t propose at that point! When the song ended, I remember saying to myself “Okay, it’s not happening today, because if it didn’t happen during that song, then there’s no way it’s happening”. Man, was I wrong!

After a few moments, another song called “Parallel Line” by Keith Urban came on. I wasn’t even paying attention because I was in the middle of the shoot.

When I turned around and saw her on one knee during golden hour, my heart completely sank and I burst into tears. All I kept saying was “what are you doing” and “are you serious”. I cried long before I said yes. It was the most beautiful moment that was made up of just us two (and two photographers). Even though I had found the ring, it didn’t matter. I was still surprised and overjoyed that my person had asked me to spend the rest of this lifetime with her. I still get goosebumps. Our engagement photos will always be my favorite pictures of us.

The only thing that I would change about our proposal story is that I wish I didn’t find the ring box! But other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing because it’s our story. It’s the thing we’ll tell our kids, and the thing we’ll laugh over in 70 years. It’s the story of how we began the next phase from dating to married. My piece of advice to anyone reading this is to hold onto the imperfect moments, because when you look back, those will be the ones you remember the most. 

Teresa and I have been on some countless adventures together.. Today, we are preparing to get married and move across the country. We are working toward our goals everyday, saving for our wedding, building a business together, and falling more in love with each day that passes. 


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To read more stories in our proposal series, check out our Matters of the Heart section here!

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