Anna and Sean

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How We Met

My last relationship ended pretty badly, leaving me a bit broken and lost. After close to two years, in December 2013, a colleague of mine finally convinced me to get back in the game. In January 2014, I logged back into my old OKCupid account, updated my profile, and started looking around. I figured – what the hell, may as well!

I found myself reaching out to lots of guys and going on LOTS of dates, only to be disappointed and let down and frustrated. So after two months, at the end of February, I signed off and told myself I was done.

About a month passed and I felt myself drawn back to OKCupid but with a new approach in mind. What I really wanted was a gentlemen who was willing to make the first move. A hopeless romantic, if you will. Why was I reaching out to guys first when that’s not what I really wanted? So I signed online, and I noticed I had a message from this guy, sent on the day I had signed off “for good” in February. We messaged back and forth for a few weeks before deciding to meet up.

On April 10, 2014, Sean and I went on what we still don’t consider to be our first date. When you’re meeting somebody in person that you met online, the first date is always the “make sure they’re not crazy” date. It’s a buffer in a super public place to make sure that you’re not actually meeting a weirdo. We met at a bar, ordered drinks, and immediately couldn’t stop talking. We closed out the bar, walked the National Mall all lit up at night, and eventually sprinted to the metro when we realized it was so late that there would soon no longer be trains running for the night. I caught the last train right after our first kiss, during which time truly stood still, and later found out that Sean got on the train going in the WRONG direction, having to hop off and grab a $50 cab home. Worth it, he still says.

Our first REAL date was the following Sunday, April 13, 2014. We spent the day primarily at the Cherry Blossom Festival and eating our way through DC. It was at the festival upon taking this picture that I coined the day #thebestdateever, which swiftly turned into Sean’s nickname and even still, that’s how my friends know him.

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That first real date was 15 hours and I never wanted it to end. We’ve been going strong ever since.

How He Asked

After two and a half years, a shared home, and a kitty of our own, marriage had certainly been something we had talked about. Sean had me convinced we weren’t going to get engaged for at least another year or so. So after months of loving encouragement, I put it at the back of my mind.

Sean and I had been planning a big trip to Europe for September since spring of this year. We’d go to Budapest to visit my dad and his family, Vienna, and Prague. We planned some awesome activities for each city and after months of build-up, were finally on our way on August 31, 2016.

On Thursday, September 9th, we were a little ways through our 2nd full day in Prague. We had just finished a 4.5 hour food tour with Taste of Prague (check it out, SO AWESOME – http://www.tasteofprague.com/) when our guide Jan recommended that we pay a visit to Vitkov Hill, not too far from our last food tour destination. He told us that on top of Vitkov Hill sits a tall ceremonial hall which you can go to the top of for a spectacular 360 degree view of Prague. He also told us that tourists rarely ever visited this place, as it wasn’t really on the tourist map, so it was very peaceful and serene. With such glowing reviews, we obviously had to go!

After climbing up Vitkov Hill, we happened upon this ENORMOUS ceremonial hall. Slowly but surely, we made our way up to the top of the building and stepped out onto the lower level of the roof to an incredibly stunning view of the city. We noticed a set of stairs to take us up even further to the 360 degree view. As we approached the stairs, a little old lady came rushing down, shouting something angry in Czech. We looked at each other like “what the hell?” and proceeded up the stairs.

The first thing we noticed? The vastness and beauty of Prague. The second thing we noticed? BUGS EVERYWHERE!!! Giant clouds of black bugs filling every corner of the roof. They were fast and they were gross, bouncing off our heads. We were SWARMED by hundreds of gnats that chased us from one side of the platform to the other! We quickly made our way back down the stairs to the lower platform, laughing to ourselves and acknowledging that the little old lady had probably been saying something about the bugs.

“Do you want your scarf? To keep the bugs out of your hair?” Sean asked, trying to get me to take my backpack, which he’d been carrying for the past few hours.

“No, I’m good, we left them up there,” I said, as I walked away from him towards the ledge to take more pictures of the gorgeous view. When I looked back at him, I saw he had tossed my backpack on the ground and I started to lovingly give him a hard time for putting it down on the metal grating below our feet.

“I want to say thank you for setting up this incredible food tour today,” he said. “It was so great. I really need to talk to you about something.” That’s usually what we say to each other when we need to have a serious conversation, so I immediately stopped being silly and looked him straight in the eye.

“I’m breaking up with you,” he said. My heart was racing. “Just kidding. But really, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” he said, as he got down on one knee with my gorgeous ring.

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Almost immediately I was screaming, “WHAT?! ARE YOU SERIOUS!? Is this serious?? You can’t be serious!! Are you serious?? OH MY GOD!” It took me about 5 minutes of repeating myself, putting the ring on my finger, and 5 minutes of sobbing and laughing to finally get out a resounding “YES!!” Obviously, we spent the rest of the day, and the rest of our entire vacation, floating. We still are.

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