They met through mutual friends, he picked her up from her house for their first date, and they both knew they were meant to be when they adopted their furbaby, Rue. The first time Andrew met Amber’s family, she watched him float from person to person with ease and fall into casual conversations with her mom and dad—they were all getting along so well and she didn’t ever feel the need to intervene. When Amber moved away for college, it was all she could do to not think about getting married and starting a family with Andrew, and she found comfort knowing that he would always be there for her to make her laugh and put the biggest smile on her face. And when Andrew thought about Amber, all he could think about was how she looked at him when they talked about starting their lives together and someday having a family. Even though their lives together started miles apart, they always knew that their life would be full of adventures, laughter, and love.
“He surprised me by taking me to Indianapolis to see my best friends who I hadn’t seen in almost two years. We met up with Natalie, one of my closest friends, walked around the mall, and went to the Indianapolis Museum of Arts. Andrew then drove us to the 100-Acres Art and Nature Park where I was finally able to see my best friend Bridgitte. After her and her boyfriend split away from us, we took a walk around the pond. Mind you, it was soft because it had rained the previous day, but it was so beautiful and serene with trees of all different colors. I wanted to explore to get better lighting for pictures, and that’s when I heard him say “Amber,” as I turned around. I had no idea he had the ring with him, but I saw him bending down to get the ring box out of his sock. I started crying and laughing as he went down on one knee—he told me he knew I was going to react exactly like this. He asked me, “So, what do you think?” I’m a mess at this point, nodding my head yes, then he asked me, “Amber Lynn Yoder, will you marry me?” I’m sure everyone around the lake heard my resounding yes, along with all my crying and laughing. I jumped into his arms and heard Bridgitte yell with excitement because she had been hiding in the path trying to take pictures of the proposal. We took more photos together near this beautiful cluster of trees and on our way out, I called my mom to tell our family. One of the most important things to me was him asking for my dad’s blessing, and he had asked my father earlier that year about taking my hand in marriage. We celebrated with dinner at Buca di Beppo’s, our favorite Indy restaurant, and dessert at SubZero to commemorate all of the ice cream dates we’ve had together. I’m so excited and blessed that so many friends helped put this together. He had everything so thought out, and he’s not a planner. Andrew set up the whole weekend with my best friends, and worked to have it all photographed, and I seriously cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him.” — Amber