Hallie and Zachary

Hallie's Proposal in Nosara, Costa Rica

How We Met

One night my freshman year of college, I was in the courtyard of the dorm that I lived in. There was a group of guys hanging out on the other side of the courtyard, and eventually our two groups merged into one. At some point, Zach admitted to never having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I immediately ran into my dorm room and made him his very first PB&J. Later on in the night, I found out that Zach was leaving for boot camp for the Coast Guard. We talked over the next few days, and Zach asked me just before he left if he could have my address so that we could write letters to each other. Over the course of 2 months we wrote each other letters. I would get so excited every time I checked the mail and saw something. When he got out of boot camp we met halway between our two cities and went to a concert together. It’s now been over 7 years and we still have just as much fun as those kids back then.

How He Asked

On a trip down to Costa Rica with friends, Zach and I planned to have a date night. Little did I know, our date night was going to be the best night of my life. We rode our ATV to a cute local restaurant with a beach front view. On the way to dinner, we got lost, as the town we were in had no real roads or even street signs. We made it to dinner with 20 minutes to spare and took a moment to walk on the beach and enjoy the sunset. After a perfect talk about how far our lives had come together, Zach got on his knee and popped the question I was in complete shock. We took our table and just as we got our champagne the sun dropped below the clouds and turned everything bright orange. It truly was a perfect evening..