Lindsey and Parker

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How We Met

Parker and I met during our first year of high school. He gave a speech while running for freshman class secretary, and, as cheesy as it sounds, I immediately fell for him. We started out as good friends, but a relationship was inevitable. We’ve been together through many amazing times and a few hard times. We’ve endured health scares and the hardest moment in my life (the passing of my wonderful grandmother), and we still love each other more and more every day. We graduated from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!), moved to Portland for his first job, and currently, we’re in California, where I attend graduate school. Luckily, he was able to transfer jobs within the software company he works at.

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How He Asked

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Some weekends, we like to act like tourists in San Francisco. This particular weekend, we went to the Palace of Fine Arts because we had both never been. We took several pictures and listened to a man playing the hang in the middle of the theatre. Parker insisted that we walk around the perimeter of the pond, even though the weather started to turn into a typical windy day in San Francisco (hence our jackets). I went along with it, and we ended up near a large willow tree directly across from the rotunda. He asked a man to take our picture, and his new camera died before the man was able to take the photo. I insisted that we didn’t need a picture, but he handed the man his phone. I felt so bad for keeping the guy waiting. He turned to me, held my hands, said he had always wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and I suddenly realized what was happening. I cried as he asked, “Lindsey, will you marry me?” When I said “yes” through my hands, a large crowd that I didn’t notice until that moment started to cheer. The man taking the picture turned out to be filming us, too. He was Parker’s friend, Brad, from work! He took us to Ristobar for champagne with a friend. After we left, Parker took me to Bobo’s for a crab dinner, where we talked with a lovely couple celebrating their 60th anniversary. They bought us more champagne and dessert and wished us luck. It was a day that I will always remember.