Ashley and Dylan
How We Met
Dylan and I, in typical millennial fashion, met online through social media in October 2013. We had mutual friends so we knew of each other, but we wasted no time waiting for an introduction, and after just a few days of following each other, Dylan slid into my DMs and we met in person for our first date that same night. On our first date, we clicked instantly, and we both feel like we knew right away how good we would be together, but the timing wasn’t quite right. We spent the next few months investing in ourselves and focusing on individual growth. We were reunited in March 2014, and have been inseparable ever since.
How He Asked
My grandparents moved away from our home in Western Washington to the Southern Oregon Coast a couple of years ago, and Dylan and I have enjoyed a number of road trips down the coast since then to visit. We love taking the scenic route and mapping out parks and beaches to stop at along the way. This particular trip was a little different and a lot more extensive. Dylan’s family had rented a beach house in Lincoln City during the tail end of spring break of my senior year of college, so Dylan and I decided we would head down the coast to Brookings about a half week early to spend some time with my grandparents, make the most of my break from school, and enjoy a longer vacation together.
After spending the past few days with my grandparents, we left Brookings early in the morning on our way to Lincoln City, because we planned on making some stops along the way, and wanted to enjoy some alone time together before we spent the next few days with Dylan’s family. After doing some research, we decided to stop at Devil’s Punch Bowl, a state park in Otter Rock, Oregon. The view was amazing, and it was so nice to have some time alone with my best friend, where we could be unapologetic-ally our affectionate selves. We gushed about the future, and Dylan kept telling me how beautiful I was, and how much he loved me, and before I knew it he was down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of my life with him.
After I (OF COURSE) said yes, my mom popped out from behind some bushes with one of my best friends who’s also a photographer. Knowing I wanted the moment to be captured, Dylan had hired my friend Brenna to come take pictures, and she and my mom made the 8 hour trip down the coast together. It means so much that Dylan put in the time and effort he did into making his proposal so memorable and special, and I think it might be the first time he’s been able to successfully keep a secret from me! I couldn’t ask for a a better partner, and I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend and soul mate.