Erica and Ben | Cumberland Island Proposal
How We Met:
Our “How We Met” story requires a little background information, and a whole lot of fate. I am originally from Georgia, but moved to Raleigh, North Carolina after graduating from college to live with my older sister and try out a new city. I had landed my first job ever and so we decided to go out and celebrate at a local sushi restaurant. When we got to the restaurant, there was a 20 minute wait to be seated, and being impatient and HUNGRY, I suggested we go across the street to a newer place called Tobacco Road. “They have the BEST mac and cheese!” I told my sister.
When we were seated at our table, we were greeted by our server. As soon as he left, I turn to my sister and said, “He’s cute, right?!” As the meal went on, the server and I struck up conversations about Raleigh, things to do, etc. I’m not sure if he was just trying to get a good tip or what, but I was smitten. As cheesy as it is to say, I felt a connection to this stranger I had never met before! I kept asking my sister, “He’s really cute, right? I’m not crazy, right?!?”
By the end of the dinner, my sister suggested a crazy idea: “LEAVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER ON THE RECEIPT!” I immediately declined, as this was something that I had never done. But after two little words came out of her mouth, “WHY NOT?” I decided to go for it.
Three days later, I got a call from “Ben from Tobacco Road.” We went on our first date on March 4, 2009 and the rest, as they say, is history.
How He Asked:
Ben and I were spending the weekend in Georgia visiting my family. Nothing was really out of the ordinary, we were just having a great time and enjoying our trip. A couple of weeks before we left North Carolina, we thought it’d be fun to go to Cumberland Island, since neither of us had ever been (which is sad since I lived just a ferry ride away my whole life).
We made our way over to the island on Sunday. When we got there, I did think it was strange that my mom didn’t want to go walking with us, but I was oblivious so I just shrugged it off! We starting walking to the Dungeness Ruins, then eventually we made it to the beach. We walked quite a ways before Ben said, “Get some pictures of the horizon!” So I turned around and started snapping some photos. When I turned back to start walking again, my foot hit something on the beach. I looked down and saw a small bottle. “How did that get here?” I thought. Still oblivious, I picked it up and looked inside. It was only after I saw an actual message wrapped up inside did I start to think, “Holy crap.” The message read:
“WILL YOU MARRY ME?”
I turned around to see Ben down on one knee presenting me with a gorgeous ring! After I said “yes” (obviously) and got over the shock of what just happened, we headed back to the dock where my mom was waiting for us with a picnic! Turns out, he and my mom were in cahoots the entire time!
Engagement Photos by Robyn Van Dyke Photography
The setting of the ring is from Bailey’s in Raleigh, NC and the diamond from Brilliant Earth. Brilliant Earth is a San Francisco-based diamond jeweler committed to providing only the highest quality luxury products without sacrificing social and environmental responsibility. They also dedicate 5% of their profits to benefit local communities harmed by the diamond industry. HowHeAsked is a big fan of their mission!
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