Ellen and Sam

How We Met

We met at Markos Trivia Night, opposing teams and there was a Twitter war between my college friend and Justin Rose, ha! We then ran into each other later at Starbucks before I went to one of my night classes when I was still in grad school.

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How He Asked

My family owns a newspaper in western Pennsylvania, every year we have a “Family Council” weekend in a different city to discuss the future of the business and spend the weekend together as a family. Significant others are not permitted to attend the weekend events unless the couple is engaged or married. This year, the “Family Council” weekend was located in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. After a long day of meetings, there was a scheduled private dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper. We got on the boat and I was drinking wine and socializing with all of my cousins when my mother announced that she wanted to make a toast. My sister was the only other person on the boat who knew what was about to happen. My mother begun her speech, “I am so happy that we get to do this every year. It is not often that a family gets along so well and actually looks forward to spending the weekend together….” My sister than pulled me to the front because she said she “couldn’t hear” our mother” Sam was texting me the entire speech saying things like, “I miss you, I cant wait until the weekend is over, etc.” My mother continued her speech. “…a young man came to me a couple weeks ago and asked if he could be a part of our family and he asked me an important question. He is here tonight to ask someone special the same question.” Right as she said that, I immediately went into shock as Sam popped out of captains room and walked down the stairs in front of my entire family and got down on one knee. I cried and said “yes of course”. The crew came out with a bottle of champagne because my mother had told them beforehand about the engagement. There was a round of applause and everybody spent the rest of the night enjoying each other’s company. Needless to say, Sam will be invited to “Family Council” next year.

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Special Thanks

Lauren Renee Designs
Photographer