Emily and Joe

How We Met

Joe and I met through mutual friends in July of 2008. I was home, working at a restaurant as a hostess in the town where he grew up. Unbeknownst to me, Joe had seen me before at my job but thought I was too young for him (he’s nearly 6 years older than me). Weeks late, fate intervened and we bumped into each other at a local bar: I had just turned 21 and was out with a friend, who was setting me up with her boyfriend’s friend. The night went on and it looked like we were being stood up, so my girlfriend convinced Joe and his friends to come over a talk to us. We immediately hit it off, and although my (very late) blind date finally showed up, I ended up talking with Joe the whole night.

We dated for the rest of the summer and spent as much time as we could together. In August, when I had to go back to college for my senior year, we both wanted to try the long distance thing to see if ‘we’ could work. We did, with lots of weekend visits, phone calls and texts. When I graduated that May, Joe asked me to move in with him when I came back home, and I did, on our one year anniversary, July 31, 2009. Since then, we’ve moved to Baltimore, adopted 2 dogs, a cat, and a horse, and had so much laughter and love. We can’t wait to see what this next chapter holds for us!

How He Asked

Joe and I have been together a long time, and we had discussed getting married many times. It was almost a question of when not if we actually going to. Joe had my engagement ring in early fall of 2016 but was looking for the right time and place to propose. He wanted it to be special.

Of course, nothing goes as planned, and at the beginning of November, we found out Joe would be deployed to the Middle East in 2 weeks for 8 months! It was a fairly stressful time, and Joe coordinated a beautiful photo shoot with the talented Anna Grace Photography to “take some nice pictures for us to cherish while we were apart.”

Little did I know, he had planned a proposal during our photo shoot with AG in cahoots! :-) The weather was perfect: sunny and warm for mid-November. We took photos with our horse, our dogs, then just the two of us. While I was turned away looking for some photogenic scenery, he got down on one knee.

I turned back and was so surprised! I started to cry and honestly couldn’t believe it. One of our happiest moments so far and it was all caught on film!

Definitely, something we will cherish our whole lives. We spent the remainder of the weekend sharing the beautiful photos and celebrating with family and friends.

Special Thanks

Anna Grace Photography
Photographer