Rachel and Daniel

How We Met

Dan and I met at the gym 4 years ago. I was still in college and he had just broken up with his girlfriend, so it definitely started out on a friends- only basis. After graduation, I moved back up to Massachusetts and I found myself hanging out with Dan pretty much every day. We eventually started dating and shared a studio/ attic apartment with our dog Moose and cat Fenway. It was small and cramped, but it was ours. A year later I got into nursing school and we moved to a much bigger apartment. We got our second chocolate lab, Teddy, that spring and had the perfect little family. Through a hard year of family loss, Dan and I stood by each other’s side. I could not love someone more and can’t wait to spend forever together.

How He Asked

We were on a rare vacation down at my family Cape house with Dan’s Mom, sister, niece, nephew, and aunt. Dan’s mom hurt her leg (really badly she ended up going home and to the ER) but said she wanted to see the beach first. We thought this was a great idea so we walked out on a rather windy day to see the ocean. Dan and I were having our picture taken when it happened! I was in total shock. I could not even breathe or speak I was just so surprised. I obviously said yes, celebrated with his family and then asked if my family knew. Turns out, they were all down the Cape too, “hiding” at my aunt’s house! My family, friends, cousins aunts/ uncles all came over for a huge BBQ. The next day we all headed to the beach. It was literally the perfect weekend, I don’t know how he was able to keep everyone quiet for so long!