Katie and Luke's Proposal at a Cranberry Bog
How We Met
Katie and I met while attending college in San Diego, CA. I was a resident assistant my junior year and planned a hall event for my residence. I was friends with an RA in another hall, which I then realized was where Katie lived. The whole night was really just an excuse to go to North Park, and an Art Festival they put on, on Ray Street. That’s the first time I remember seeing Katie. She was tall, elegant, and completely out of my league. She actually rode in my car that night, but she doesn’t remember that.
Fast forward to a year later, I was a Senior in college, and Katie was a Sophomore. She was definitely the prettiest girl in school, and still way out of my league. Fortunately for me, one of my good friends was friends with her. He told me he was going to the beach, and this elusive Katie was going to be there. I tagged along with the sole purpose to talk to her. I somehow managed the courage to get her number and later that night we ended up going out on our first real date. I picked her up around 7:00 and told her that we were going to grab a quick bite. Little did she know, I had bigger plans. I ended up taking her to Coronado where we walked on the beach and had great conversation for a few hours. We walked through the Hotel Del Coronado and then had dinner at a restaurant on Orange Street. At the end of dinner, and a very long date, we walked to the car and began our drive home. Before we got to the Coronado bridge, my car died. We then had to wait an hour and a half for the tow truck to arrive. I’ll never forget, when he finally got there he began to tell us the story of how he and his wife met. Ironically on their first date, his car broke down and made sure to tell us it was good luck because they were then married and have had three children. We both began to fidget as we felt extremely uncomfortable. But I’d even go to say, that I knew then Katie was different and I wanted to marry her at that moment.
Now, three and a half years later, we are engaged and I couldn’t be more excited to grow old with her.
How He Asked
Katie told me very early on in our relationship that her #1 bucket list item was to wade in a field of cranberries (yes, like you see in the Ocean Spray commercials). I knew this was how I wanted to propose, but the fine details didn’t come into fruition until about 3 years later.
I was able to contact a grower on the Olympic Peninsula just outside of Aberdeen (Kurt Cobain’s hometown-ironically I had just finished reading his autobiography.) I told him my plan of wanting to wade through a cranberry bog and then getting on my knee and asking for her hand in marriage. I planned this for October 3rd. We flew up the night before. Katie’s mom, step-dad, brother, and sister-in-law also made the flight that night, in anticipation to surprise her that following day. The morning of the third arrives, and we woke fairly early (let’s just say someone wanted to sleep in).
We started our drive to Grays Harbor, stopping at a Cranberry Winery along the way. Then finally we found the farm. I parked the car and got out. Katie was very adamant of not wanting to get out of the car because she didn’t want to bother the grower during his harvest. But eventually she did, and she also found the brand new waders sitting in the trunk for her. At this point she had realized I had planned this for her. We walked out towards the bog and then said hi to the farmers. The farmer I had been in contact with told his crew that it was somehow lunch time and to be back in an hour even though it was only 10:30AM. Katie and I got our waders on and walked through a cranberry bog, passing cranberries through our fingers in a cool October morning. She was glowing. I could tell she had no idea that there was more.
Along the bank, my brother and two friends had set us up a picnic area, which consisted of a blanket, picnic basket, and a bottle of champagne. We then got out and walked over to the blanket. There I got on my knee and asked my best friend to marry me.
We then drove back to my hometown. I told her my parents wanted to have dinner with us to celebrate our engagement. When we got to the restraunt both of our families were waiting for us to celebrate. Family has always been extremely important to Katie so I wanted to make sure they were all there and figured it would be an even better surprise. That night the surprises continued with an engagement party, where her childhood best friend (maid of honor) had flown up to see her and celebrate with several other of our closest friends and family. October 3rd, will forever be one of the best days of my life.