Colleen and Shannon

How We Met

Shannon and I met through my uncle. A couple months before we met Shannon volunteered for a political campaign in Alaska where my uncle was another local volunteer. Shannon and my uncle hit it off – So the next time my uncle was in DC he organized a happy hour where we spent our time talking politics and policies. When the evening was over I asked Shannon for his number and blew him away completely. A girl had never done that to him before.

How He Asked

Thursday’s were date night so I didn’t think anything of it when Shannon asked me to meet him at a memorial. So I was completely surprised when his parents from Vermont met me there instead. After hugs and a couple tears, they handed me an envelope. Inside the envelope was a poem from Shannon about how much he loves me, and a clue for where to go next. My engagement scavenger hunt took me all around the Mall in DC to so many important places for our relationship: our first date at the Washington monument, our first kiss at the memorial to the signers of the Declaration of Independence and so many others.

Someone who we know and love was at each stop – family and friends from DC and around the country. My mom gave me the last clue that directed me to the WWI memorial where Shannon and I had had our first dance together on or second date. Shannon was waiting for me there with a three piece band that played our favorite songs as he asked me to marry him. We danced there for half an hour and then Shannon and I went to dinner where all of our friends and family were waiting to celebrate our engagement with us.

Special Thanks

Drew Gingras | 
Photographer