Liz and Dan

Proposal Ideas Long Island, NY

How We Met

We have known each other for many years from our beach and tennis club that our parents both joined in the mid 90’s. Due to our 6 year age difference, we didn’t actually become friends until after I graduated college. Funny enough, Dan was my assistant tennis coach during my senior year of high school in 2011 and in 2013 we were partners in a mixed doubles tennis tournament at our tennis club.

Fast forward to the Fall of 2016 when I randomly texted Dan wanting a paddle tennis lesson (but really just wanting an excuse to hangout with him). The lesson never happened but a drink at our local bar did. After that came dinner dates, hanging out with each others friends, and meeting our families (aside from our parents and sisters who were already good friends). After that, the rest, as they say, is history!

How He Asked

I was just getting home on a Sunday from visiting a college girlfriend in Boston and knew that we had dinner plans with Dan’s family at our beach/tennis club, which was nothing out of the ordinary. I decided to stop at my parents on my way home from Boston since dinner was around the corner anyway and Dan and I live 20 minutes out of the way.

My sister and I were sitting in her room catching up when her phone started blowing up with text messages. Since we tell each other everything, I said “oh I’m going to open your texts” and went to grab her phone. She quickly yelled “no!” and tried to take her phone from my hand but I put it behind me and started questioning why I couldn’t read her texts. She admitted she was talking about me behind my back to one of her friends. I was so offended that I got up, gave my sister her phone back, and stormed out of the house! I called Dan to tell him that I would meet him at his parents and then we can go to our beach/tennis club together.

I pulled into Dan’s parents driveway and both his parents cars were already gone but his sister’s car (who isn’t home from college yet) was in the driveway. Honestly, I really didn’t think much of it at the time. Dan pulled in the driveway a minute after me and got in my car to drive to our beach/tennis club. We parked in front of his family’s cabana, walked through it, and in the sand was a heart made out of tennis balls with rose petals all around it. In the middle was a tennis racquet with a bouquet of roses and four tennis balls that said “Will you marry me?”

Before I got close enough to read the tennis balls, I thought Dan just really missed me while I was in Boston (for 2 days!) and I was thinking “wow I wasn’t gone thaaaat long!!!” But I got closer to read what the tennis balls said and turned around to Dan down on one knee. I answered his question with the easiest “yes” I have ever said and he put the most gorgeous ring on my finger. He then told me to turn around and smile because a photographer (a family friend who is also a longtime member of our beach club) was standing off to the side capturing everything!

Where to Propose in Long Island, NY

Dan’s family came out from around the side of all the cabanas, my parents and sister (who I owed an apology to – she was texting her friend about the proposal, not actually sh*t talking about me) were two minutes behind, and then shortly after our grandparents, some of our aunts/uncles/cousins, and our good friends came to our beach club to celebrate!

Special Thanks

Noah Haedrich | 
Photographer