Eliza and Michael
How We Met
Michael and I were living parallel existences nearly our entire lives in Massachusetts, but our worlds didn’t collide entirely until a job relocation landed the both of us in Chicago. I arrived to Chicago in January 2013, Michael shortly thereafter in February, both working for the same company. For the first year in our new city Michael and I were strictly coworkers and friends – but a birthday visit from my best girlfriends changed the rest of our lives. Michael and I always had chemistry with one another, and were truly best friends, but due to us working together we both knew it could create a slippery slope and it was dangerous territory! When my girlfriends came to visit they hinted (okay really called us both out) that we should be seeing one another. I was dancing, laughing, and having more fun with Michael than they had ever seen me have with anyone before. We all joke now that this was our turning point that gave us the courage to go for it. A few weeks later Michael thoughtfully planned out our first “official” date (drinks on top of the John Hancock Tower overlooking the Chicago skyline….I knew right then he was the one), and the rest is history.
How He Asked
Every summer Michael and I plan an overnight hiking trip in New Hampshire, and this day was just like the rest. I have to admit I now feel sorry that I made fun of his zip-off cargo pants the morning of our hike…little did I know there was a ring (ever so carefully wrapped in toilet paper) in his pocket. I was stopping every few minutes for a rest & water break, but Michael still insisted on me taking the lead and making it to the viewpoint. Once I got to the top I was a few steps ahead of Michael and heard him say “Eliza you know why I love hiking, it’s a lot like a relationship. There are a few challenging points, but it’s always worth it in the end.” At this point, I was still oblivious (he can be really sweet and I thought he was just being deep in the moment due to the amazing view we were taking in) When I realized he had gone silent, I turned around and there he was down on one knee. After the proposal I wanted to call our family & friends and share the news, but he had purposely planned to propose in a place with no cell phone reception so we could unplug and enjoy the moment alone before we announced it to everyone. We sat there for an hour eating our PB&J sandwiches taking in the view just the two of us. When we got back to the car we had about an hour drive ahead of us to an Inn that he had booked for the night. I tried facetiming everyone we knew, but thought the calls weren’t going through due to the lack mountain cell reception…little did I know that the surprises weren’t over. When we got to the Inn, both of our families were there to surprise me, including my brother who flew in from Chicago for 24 hours. Ugly tears were shed (video proof), and our families celebrated our engagement together all night long.