Kelcie and Andrew

How we met: Even though Andrew and I grew up in neighboring cities, we didn’t meet until we both attended school at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. I was a Sophomore and Andrew was a Senior. I had gone on a Mission Trip to New Orleans with one of Andrew’s best friends and roommates, Neil Munro. When we returned home from our trip, I went to a party at Neil and Andrew’s house. Andrew and I became friends there.

Although we stayed acquaintances throughout college, Andrew and I didn’t become good friends until we reconnected at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA. Andrew was living in Ballard and I had just moved to Greenlake. As corny as it sounds, the day I first saw Andrew at church across a crowded hallway, it was love at first sight. We tried to remain “just friends” for several months as I was enjoying my post-college single life. By the time March rolled around, I had started giving the idea of dating Andrew more thought. We went swing dancing together, and the rest was history. We’ve been together ever since March, 2012.

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How he asked: I knew Andrew had the ring in his possession. We had gone shopping for it together a month earlier. Andrew’s old roommate, Neil, and his wife Amanda, asked us to drive from Greenlake to Bellevue for dinner one night. The whole car ride over, I bugged Andrew about when he would propose. He had gotten close a few times already and I was getting impatient. As we pulled into Bellevue nearly an hour before we were supposed to have dinner, I whined that we were too early. As a way to pass the time, I suggested that we go look at Lake Washington. Unknowingly, I played right into Andrew’s hands!

Andrew ended up taking me to the Meydenbaur marina in Bellevue. When we got to the marina, Andrew told me that his parents’ neighbors, the Woosleys, docked their boat at Meydenbauer. He called them from the locked door leading to the dock. Thinking that the Woosleys buzzed us in from afar, imagine my surprise when I saw them standing at their yacht! As I walked closer to the boat, Carole Woosley said “Welcome to dinner on the Stella Maris.” That’s when everything clicked. I knew Andrew was going to propose tonight. We were supposed to have dinner with our friends, but now we were having dinner on a yacht.

photo 3 (6)The Woosleys took us on a boat trip to the middle of Lake Union in Seattle while Andrew and I ate dinner. Andrew said he needed to use the restroom and would be back in a few minutes. I thought nothing of it until Carole Woosley appeared and told me that she had a gift for me. It was a photo book that Andrew had created of our lives together up until that point. The very last page had a picture of Andrew from one of our first dates. He was wearing an otter mask from the Seattle Aquarium. The caption read “I otter ask you to marry me…” As I turned around, Andrew was standing behind me. He had changed into his suit in the bathroom and he got down on one knee, ring in hand. He asked if I would marry him, and of course I said yes! We had a beautiful backdrop of the Seattle skyline for the whole experience. Andrew brought out a bottle of champagne as well as a bottle of wine from the “Andrew Will” winery (Get it? “Andrew Will” marry me. Punny). We drank and celebrated as we returned back to the marina. When we arrived, Andrew’s whole family was standing at the dock with flowers, balloons, a sign that read “Welcome to the family,” and a goodie bag that was cleverly named the “Imhoff survival kit.”

I will never forget the day Andrew proposed. It stands in history as one of my favorite days. Now that we’re married, I can look back at how thoughtful Andrew was and fall in love with him more and more every day.

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