John and Bri met on the first day of class at the University of South Florida. At a university with over 40,000 students, they realized in comparing schedules that they had almost all of their classes together. They become best friends throughout their first semester and started dating at the end of their first semester. They dated all through college and continued dating long distance throughout medical school.
Bri had a feeling he was going to propose because the jewelry store called to say the ring was ready and it came through the car speaker. They ran a 7 mile race together that morning and then spent the rest of the morning at a Fall Farmers' Market. From there, they drove over to Grandfather Mountain. They made it to the top just as it started to storm. They closed the top and most of the crowds cleared out. Once the storm passed, they had the whole mountain to themselves. John proposed overlooking the view on top of Grandfather mountain.