Jennifer and Hugh

How We Met: It’s a funny story- we met at Radian Baptist Camp and exchanged all of two words the whole summer as we both worked there. It wasn’t until a few years later that Hugh reached out to me via Facebook and we started to talk. Then, we met at the ice skating rink downtown with some friends and had some pizza together.

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We quickly became good friends and played this “dating but not dating” game for a few years…until he went off to college and we both realized we didn’t want to be with anyone else. Below is the day we started dating, two years after we became good friends! :)

How He Asked: November 2, 20131200x1200_1398187752-089022a3b4a2b3c6-DSC_0019 started out just like any other Saturday at home. I woke up and started
getting ready for the day, when Hugh texted me.

We were going on Skyline Drive (a beautiful parkway with tons of overlooks of the counties below) to have a picnic lunch, but before that, I had to go vote absentee since I was going to be at college on election day.

When he texted, I hadn’t finished getting ready and hadn’t voted yet, so I went to vote and texted him to come over on the way back home.

When he arrived, I was running around the house like a crazy woman trying to finish making sandwiches, packing for our hike, and getting ready to go on our date.

This is the normal routine, because I usually am not ready by the time he gets there. It probably felt like forever to him while he waited for me to finish everything!

After I got everything together, got my camera, and packed our lunch, we were on our way.

Once we got up to Skyline Drive, there were a ton of people waiting in line to go. He started saying “Why are so many people here?” and the like. I reassured him that everything was going to be okay, because after all, Skyline Drive is HUGE! :) Once we got through the line, we had decided to go to a place Mr. Hansen suggested, Hawksbill Overlook.

We arrived at the parking lot for this hike, hiked about a mile up to the overlook, and he found a spot and led me to a flat rock space where not many people were. It was the perfect spot for a picnic! We could see everything!

Bride's Proposal in Hawksbill Overlook, Shenandoah National Park, VA

We ate our sandwiches, chips, and carrots, and looked at the view a while. It was freezing, so I was anxious to get out of there! :) Little did I know, he had something up his sleeve!

Before I tell you anything more, I have to tell you a little backgound information. Through the time that we had been dating (a year and 7 months to the date), I had told him countless times “I would marry you even if you jut got me a Ring Pop!”

Now we can continue…and this part will make more sense to you since you know that little tid bit!

After a few minutes, Hugh asked me if I was ready for some dessert! I said sure, so he opened his backpack and proceeded to get the Ring Pops he had bought. He had gotten my favorite flavor: Blue Raspberry! He got his razor and started to open the package. As he did that, he said, “This was an expensive Ring Pop.” I brushed it off, laughed, because he always says stuff like that. I didn’t think much of it. When he pulled it out, this is what it looked like!

Proposal Ideas Hawksbill Overlook, Shenandoah National Park, VA

He said, “Will you marry me?” I was so shocked that I just put my hand over my mouth and didn’t say anything!

After not saying anything…for a few seconds…I was asking all kinds of questions and admiring how perfect the ring was!

After a minute or so of me asking questions, he said “You know that you haven’t answered me yet, right?” We both laughed, and I said “Yes, I will marry you!”

We took some pictures to remember the day, then we walked back down the mountain because it was freeeeeeezing!

The whole way down, we were talking about how he pulled it off and how amazing my ring is! The proposal was so wonderful, and I felt like I was on top of the world!

I had secretly hoped he would incorporate a Ring Pop into the proposal when he decided to ask me, but he went above and beyond what I had thought of! He actually took the Ring Pop out of the bag it came in, took the sucker off of the base, cut down the middle of the stand so my ring would fit, put my ring on it, and tied it on with lots of thread. Afterwards, he put it back in its package and super glued the edge it came out of! How amazingly creative is that man! That is hands down the favorite Ring Pop I have ever received!

My sweet momma’s ring that started my love for solitaires…Dad did a good job, eh?

Jennifer Hansen Photography's photo.

Ring shots by: Jennifer Hansen Photography LLC