How we Met
In June 2008, Jaime relocated to Austin, Texas after finishing graduate school and accepting a job in the area. Jaime knew a small group of closely connected Austin young adults. Jaime reached out to one of them, in efforts to get out, meet interesting people, and build her circle of friends. She was urged to attend a friend’s annual birthday celebration, on her first official weekend in Austin. Jaime met Aaron there amongst the extended circle of friends and the two talked and had a great time.
Wow, he’s such a gentleman, truly a breath of fresh air!
— Jaime’s initial reaction on meeting Aaron
After our initial meeting, Jaime attended Aaron’s Annual Super Bowl extravagnza and occasionally visited his church. The two also attended several group outings together, and Jaime learned that Aaron’s an AWESOME cook.
The Beginning of “Us”
The two didn’t see each other often over the next couple of years, but Aaron would occasionally send Church young adult ministry event invitations to Jaime via social media. In early 2012, Jaime contacted Aaron to reconnect and, “extend the olive branch of friendship.” Aaron still teases Jaime to this day about that olive branch comment.
Jaime started participating in the young adult Bible studies and social outings. After attending a group meeting at Aaron’s house, Aaron invited her to Uncorked for a glass of wine. Five minutes after arriving, the owner alerted everyone to check for their cars as a tow truck was seen leaving the adjacent lot. The lot had recently turned into a predatory lot after years of allowing Uncorked patrons to park there.
Well, BOTH of our cars had been towed. The tow bill was going to be the same whether we went immediately or in a couple of hours. We could let it ruin the evening or we could try to rise above it. We had come to drink wine, and I didn’t want to get towed for nothing! So, we decided to stay and enjoy the wine!
— Aaron on getting towed from Uncorked
The staff at Uncorked were so impressed with our positive attitudes! As a result the owner brought out a bottle of “the good stuff” to celebrate. We became good friends with our waitress that night and she took us to get our cars.
During this experience I thought, wow WE were calm and cool and handled that situation pretty well! This incident was our ‘spark’ point. I recognized that Aaron is quite different in a very good way – he’s ALWAYS calm, he handles issues well, and he is great at troubleshooting unexpected situations!
— Jaime Reflecting on the Uncorked Adventure
Over the next month, the two went hiking and skydiving, and had some great conversations. They started dating in May after Jaime invited Aaron out for a pre-birthday kickoff celebration. Jaime and Aaron visited Uncorked again for a REAL date and attended an Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs game during the NBA playoffs. On June 3, 2012, it was made official — They were a couple.
Why Jaime Loves Aaron
Early in our relationship, I started to observe many GREAT qualities in Aaron. I love him for so many reasons: He’s a God-fearing, warm and BEAUTIFUL man! He’s ALWAYS supportive, has an ability to take charge, and is a natural leader. He believes in helping others, he’s very charismatic, and he has as smile that is always sincere. He also listens and supports my “quirks.” I am blessed to know him and believe God has prepared us specifically for each other!
Why Aaron Loves Jaime
Jaime is a very bright person — her attitude, her intelligence, her smile, her clothes — and I love that about her. She graciously tolerates my jokes. I love that she has the confidence to boldly be a little different and make no apologies for it. She’s an amazingly helpful and giving person who has already been there for me in many ways. Sometimes in ways that I didn’t even realize that I needed. I love that her strongest points are my weakest points. I love that she is my personal cheerleader and will always has a positive word or perspective to share. People often talk about internal versus external beauty. Well, Jaime has it covered on both counts!
The Holiday Proposal as told by Jaime
I TRULY Love the Christmas time. I get warm and fuzzy thinking about spending quality time with my friends and family celebrating the birth of Jesus during this season. In true Aaron fashion, in early December he asked me what I would like to do to start “our” holiday tradition. We decided to have a “holiday dinner” prior to traveling to New Mexico. About one week out I asked Aaron if we could dress up for this occasion. Casually, Aaron said “cool, great idea.” (I LOVE dressing up).
A few days prior to dinner I asked Aaron what venue we would be visiting for our Holiday Dinner (I wanted to ensure that my planned “dress-up attire” was appropriate). Aaron said we’d be visiting Trio at Four Seasons (the place he took me for my 30th birthday).
On December 19th, Aaron reminded me to be timely (not exactly my strong point) for our 7pm dinner reservation. He called me around 4pm to ask my status in prep for our night out. Over the phone I noticed he had a serious cough. He casually played it off and reminded me to watch the time and to be ready for our plans later that night. En route to dinner, Aaron’s cough became a concern. I asked, “Honey are you sure we should be out, I think you should be home in bed.” He insisted that we go out for a nice evening.
We arrived and had a nice dinner with great conversation. We talked about what we were looking forward to in 2014. Midway through the meal Aaron started coughing and I ask again, “Are you sure we should be out, I think I need to get you home and in bed.” He stated, “The night is young, we still have one more stop.”
Jaime had no idea that all details were planned out. This had been a 2-3 month long top secret operation involving 3 secret trips to a Houston-based jeweler, coordination with Trio, and careful scripting with Uncorked. However, my plans did NOT call for me developing a fever and realizing that I was coming down with the flu an hour before the evening started! I decided that it didn’t matter and that I wasn’t shutting down until we were engaged.
— Aaron on the proposal plan
We arrive at Uncorked to have a glass of wine to finalize the evening. The staff at Uncorked are very familiar with us (we’re considered family) since our towing experience. We are led to the lounge area where we sit and have great conversation.
Our waitress brings out a BOLD wine that requires a decanter! I’m super excited (it’s the little things) with the idea of using a decanter and had been telling Aaron for weeks that I wanted one. She brings the bold wine and we continue to enjoy a relaxing time in the lounge. At this point I still have no clue what’s about to happen.
Aaron leaves to “get tissue” and shortly returns. Our waitress asks if we are ready for dessert and I say “sure, what do you have.” She returns with a gift bag mentioning the owner left us a gift for the holiday (still no clue). She places the bag on the table and I want to open it to see what’s inside! Aaron grabs the bag and says, “Wait, we need to hold off for Christmas.” “What, are you serious,” I state, “we should open it now, Honey; it doesn’t even count if it’s not under the tree” (my crazy reasoning). He moves the bag to the side table near his seat in an effort to “protect” the bag from my reach.
At that point, Aaron’s cough ceases, and he got serious. He mentioned how we’ve grown together, we’ve shared experiences, and how he saw us growing together in the future. He said, as our “spark” point, if we can continue to handle challenges and situations TOGETHER as we did that night when we were towed here at Uncorked, he believes we can handle challenges over a lifetime together. He reached for the bag and pulled out a box! Finally, I understand what’s about to happen. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! What a truly awesome surprise!