Kate and Joe

How we met

We met in 2009 at Merrimack College at an internship. Joe transferred from another college and studied in Australia for a semester so we didn’t meet until the winter before we graduated. Luckily, it was perfect timing for us and we instantly clicked. Our first real one-on-one date was in a local seaside town called Newburyport, MA which was one of my favorite places growing up. From that day we never separated and literally spent every day and night together until graduation.

Our first real vacation together before graduation was spent in Harwich Port, MA at Joe’s family’s vacation home. The cape means a lot to our families and to us as it has been a place we have gone throughout the past 7 years to relax and spend quality time together. This also happened to be the special place where Joe proposed to me last fall.

We graduated college and focused on growing our careers, and our love also continued to grow. In 2015 we bought our first home in the North Shore and adopted two rescue dogs, Bruce and Maddie. We share a passion for rescue dogs, traveling, dancing to local live music, and Bruce Springsteen. We spend a lot of time hiking, going to the beach to watch sunsets, and finding new bars with live music along the coast.

How he asked

In early November, Joe totally surprised me with a Bank Street Beach proposal at sunset with our rescue pups, Maddie and Bruce. It was a sunny beautiful day in November. Walking on the beach I remember saying, “Wow the water is sparkling like diamonds.” We had talked about marriage a little, but never about rings or timing.

On the beach I bent over to pick up a seashell and when I turned around Joe was down on his knee with a beautiful engagement ring that was a huge surprise. Joe said something along the lines of “I love you so much, will you marry me?” Joe planned for Lydia Leclair Photography to capture the moment and the surprise.

I was shocked and grabbed him for a hug- I practically forgot to say “yes”! Afterward we had a picnic with wine on the beach as the sun set and then went to a wonderful dinner later that evening. Maddie and Bruce were very pleased their humans finally were making their little family “official.”

Special Thanks