Hailey and Sam
How We Met
Sam and I met through a mutual friend while attending the University of Maryland, College Park. It really was love at first sight! Coming from Air Force families, I grew up on base outside of Washington, D.C. which turns out to be the same base that Sam’s Nana would take him to when he was little. Who knows if we ever saw each other but we couldn’t take our eyes off one another after meeting at an Eric Church concert one summer when we were 19 & 20 years old. After graduating college, we made our way down south so I could attend law school and on the way, we added 4 big paws to the family when we brought our golden retriever puppy, Teddy, home.
How He Asked
Since our very first visit to Charleston, South Carolina together, I fell in love with the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park. In the South, the pineapple is recognized as an expression of “welcome” and after moving here from Maryland, we made it our tradition to visit the Pineapple Fountain before every date downtown. Before going out to dinner on a September Saturday night, we walked down the pier at Waterfront Park and made our way through the Spanish-moss-filled-tree walkway to “our spot.” While looking at the Pineapple Fountain and across the row of palm trees in front of the Charleston harbor, Sam got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course, I said “yes!” It was everything I ever dreamed of and more!
From there, we went to a rooftop bar to toast to a lifetime together overlooking the glittering southern skyline and then onto dinner at Magnolias, which holds many precious family memories (and more to come!).