Proposal at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
How he asked, by Rob: Mary and I had been dating about three and a half years, but it only took me a second when meeting her to know she was the woman of my dreams. For me, the engagement process started much earlier than July but rather in February, I started to really study and look at rings, trying to find the perfect ring that I know she deserved. While I didn’t have much luck finding the perfect ring, I knew that I would have to find a custom jeweler that I could work with to design the ring or her dreams. The ring was complete in June and while it was burning a hole in my pocket not to ask her then, I knew our upcoming trip to Tuscany with her family would be the perfect place to ask for her Father’s blessing.
During our trip over a very nice bottle of Tuscan wine I asked her father for his permission to ask for Mary’s hand in marriage. Of course he gave me his approval and was eager to know when and what the plan was.
I had been telling Mary for months that I had a work event at the National Building Museum in DC on the evening of July 27, 2013 and she would be able to come. She was excited about the event and I told her that I volunteered us to go in and set up that morning for the event. While she wasn’t as excited to go setup, she agreed and said that it would be really nice to go for a run around the monuments either before or after setting up. This of course led perfectly into my plan, but I agreed that we could, but only if we did it before and early in the morning.
The whole week before I was so nervous. The week before I had met with my friends and Rachel, our photographer, who was going to be at the Jefferson Memorial that morning to capture the event. The night before I don’t think I slept but three hours just waking up wanting to finally ask her to be my wife! However, in the morning we woke up very early, went to DC and began our run. I had hid the ring in my pocket and pinned it shut to make sure the box wouldn’t come out. The first 4 miles of the run were a complete blur and I couldn’t tell you what we were even talking about, I just made sure to listen to Mary, laugh at her jokes, and keep rehearsing my proposal speech in my head. Finally we round the corner to the memorial, I see Rachel snapping photos, I try to get Mary to the spot where I had planned, I tell her I need to tie my shoe, get down on one knee, and she is half way up the steps to
go see the MEMORIAL! As I called her name she turned around and she was completely surprised. Mary immediately walked over to me, I finished my speech, asked for her hand, and the rest is history.
How he asked, by Mary: Having gotten in late Friday night on the train from NY, I was exhausted. But for some reason, I just couldn’t sleep-in on Saturday morning. I flipped on the TV, and the Wedding Planner with J.Lo was on. I love this movie and thought I could let Rob sleep AND get to indulge in a guilty pleasure – cheesy romance movies.
The alarm still went off in time for us to get in a quick run on the Monuments before having to be at the National Building Museum to set-up for a work event. It was the perfect morning at the perfect place to go for our Saturday run together. I love our Saturday morning runs as it is our time to catch up on the past week, share stories and continue to grow even closer. However, the one thing I thought was weird during this particular run was Rob laughed at all my jokes – even the ones that weren’t funny.
When we arrived at the Jefferson Memorial, I was excited to get to the top so I took off. Rob suddenly called my name and as I turned around he was on one knee. I knew instantly this was the most meaningful moment of me life as I will get to spend the rest of my life with best friend.
Photography by Rachel Harrod