Today’s blog post is a little different. Today I won’t be featuring another couple’s engagement or wedding – but a very special and very personal moment in my own life. It’s a long post, but filled with our proposal story and one of the most incredible moments in my life.
There is a lot to share – so without further ado:
Back to the Beginning
It all started almost six years ago, when I met this sweet boy named Hugh at the St. Johns College Boathouse at my first day of practice at the Annapolis Rowing Club in our sophomore year of high school. We joined the team by chance – a very spur of the moment choice that turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our first “dates” were spent running laps around the football field, rowing in the Severn River, and traveling to regattas on the weekends. I remember those days so clearly – sun speckled and filled with long afternoons on the Chesapeake, where we became close friends and learned so much about one another.
We were barely over fifteen, only teenagers, but inseparable from the moment that we met. The first days of dating turned into months of growing up together, and falling even more in love. Somewhere along the way – those months became a year, then two years and before I knew it, we were in college, getting ready to go into our senior year, talking about the future, and dreaming of this very moment.
A few weeks ago, I asked my dear friend Vida Carson if she would take a few portraits of Huey and I around Philadelphia! It had been years since we had a picture taken together and I wanted to capture these moments before graduation – not knowing what Huey had already been planning for weeks – I thought this would be our last time to hop in front of the camera before the year ended. Vida did an incredible job capturing our love and happiness in every single frame from the shoot. I can’t stop smiling every time I look at her blog post!
Fast-Forward to last Thursday: Our Proposal Story
A few weeks ago my grandfather mentioned wanting a painted oar to hang at our family’s beach house and my family had been talking about buying the oar as his Christmas gift ever since! It sounds like a silly thing, but my family loves all things nautical and having a big love for Annapolis and the Naval Academy – decorating a wall with an oar isn’t too out of the ordinary! Therefore, it seemed completely plausible when my uncle called my house on Thursday morning with a story about oars for sale at the boathouse – the rowing season was over and they were getting a new set for the spring. If we wanted to get my grandfather an oar for Christmas, we had to go today to tag the one that we wanted.
So my family left a little early and we all piled into the car together on our way to Thanksgiving lunch. When we pulled up to the boathouse, my sister refused to get out of the car so I reluctantly offered to tag the oar, jumped out of the car (in my quite unstylish crocs – clearly oblivious to what was about to happen) and Huey followed me to find the oar. But of course – there was no oar, instead he had a ring in a little blue box.
Right as we walked towards the boats, Huey pulled the ring from his jacket pocket, grabbed my hand and said, “Since this is the exact spot where we met, I thought it would be the perfect place to start this next step of our lives together.” Suddenly my heart was racing, I could feel my eyes welling up and my hands starting to tremble.
He got down on one knee, shaking, smiling, and asked me to marry him.
I’m not sure if I could even say yes in words, tears pouring down my face – my answer came in the form of a giant hug and sobs of happiness! And after crying in his arms for what felt like forever, I could hear the clicks of a camera and looked up to see one of my best friends in the entire world – Krista Jones – capturing the entire moment on camera. Huey and Krista had been conspiring for months to keep me in the dark with the help of both of our families.
I am so excited to be able to share these moments in photographs that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. I can’t thank Krista enough for documenting this moment for us – she is the best friend and business partner that a girl could ask for!
My mom, sister, and uncle – who had been waiting in the car came running out to celebrate!
I came across one of Huey’s letters to me from our seven month anniversary where he wrote, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I want to marry you. I want to share every moment in my life with you – you’re my best friend, hero, and my one and only love.”
The letter is dated November 20, 2006. Five years and four days from his proposal.
For those of you who know Huey, you know that he loves with his entire heart. He is selfless, compassionate, and strong. He knows me better than anyone in this world – and loves me for who I am. Seeing him get down on one knee – asking me to marry him – will forever remain the most incredible moment in my life. Huey, you are my best friend – my soul mate – my entire world. I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together. I love you more than words can ever say.
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For those of you who are curious, we haven’t set a wedding date just yet! We’ll be waiting until after the holidays to start planning. I just want to soak all the excitement in & take time to enjoy this special moment before diving into any plans! Also, be sure to check out the post that Krista put together on Bayside Bride today!
We are so blessed to have two incredibly supportive families and friends who have helped to make this entire proposal a reality and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for keeping the secret, for helping Huey to coordinate the plan, and for making everything so perfect. We love you all so much!