Rosee and Dane

How We Met

Dane and I met at a Friendsgiving party in San Francisco, CA on November 13, 2016. It was a very happenstance that both of us were in the same place—he was road tripping across the US on his motorcycle with a friend and his friend knew my coworker (they randomly met at a coffee shop years ago!) who brought them both to the party. We didn’t meet until the end of the night and although it was an immediate connection for both of us, neither of us would say it was love at first sight. He was just passing through SF and I was (finally!) in a place where I really felt happy and fulfilled being single—we weren’t looking for a relationship. That night when we both went our separate ways he called over, “I’ll see you around sometime!” and I yelled back, “Not sure how that’s gonna happen!”. I really did think we would never see each other again!

Fate and friends stepped in and we ended up seeing a lot of each other. It was that magical time between the holidays where there were a lot of events and group hangouts. I had a lot of close guy friends, but Dane stood out from them: his gentleness, sincerity, and the way he notices everyone in a room. We had so much natural chemistry and we were both drawn to the ways we were so different from each other. It was so easy.

About 4 weeks in, Dane asked me on a date! He picked me up on a scooter to get sushi and we stayed up late talking. It was perfect, simple, and so us. He was all in from the beginning, but I was a little skeptical—he was going back to Seattle and I was staying in SF. Dane was confident about our connection and kept bringing up that most people don’t meet like we did. He was intentional and communicative and putting it all out there, unlike any other guy I had dated. After the next couple weeks of seeing each other, taking him as my date to my work holiday party, FaceTime-ing every day when we went home for Christmas, and spending Tahoe with friends on New Year’s—he asked me to be his girlfriend on New Year’s Day.

Engagement Proposal Ideas in New York City - The Ace Hotel

Now, a year and a half later, we are getting married! We couldn’t be more happy and excited to spend the rest of our lives together.

How He Asked

*Back story* A couple months into dating, we visited New Orleans for our friends’ wedding. Over the course of the weekend, we frequented the vintage photo booth in the lobby documenting our time there. Little did we know this would become a longstanding tradition for our long-distance relationship—I was in San Francisco and Dane was in Seattle.

Over the months of dating long distance, each city we visited was a special landmark in our relationship. Seattle: the first time I visited Dane in the city. Chicago: meeting Dane’s family for the first time over the 4th of July. Portland: driving our van from Seattle to SF, the day after we both quit our jobs. France: our first big trip together (and my first time in Europe!). Palm Springs: road-tripping our way through the desert on our move to Texas. Of course, at each visit, we documented our time there at a vintage photo booth if we could find.

Dane and I got engaged on June 5, 2018 and I was completely surprised and caught off guard. A work trip brought me to New York City—a place we had both been before, but never visited together. On the day we had determined to be our date night, Dane picked out an oyster bar, connected to the Ace Hotel. After some happy hour snacks and drinks, he suggested we go to the Ace lobby to grab another drink before our dinner reservation later that night. Immediately upon walking in, we realized there was a photo booth (!!), but someone was already in it so we grabbed a drink instead. A drink later for each of us, Dane suggested we go to the (now vacant) photo booth, for our traditional photo op.

We posed for one set of photos, waited in anticipation for them to develop, and went back for a second round. With the second round of photos taken, still sitting in the photo booth, Dane asked me if he could read a letter he’d written. Sitting there, just the two of us in the booth, he catalogued all the things he loved and hoped for in our relationship, ways that we’ve grown and made each other better people; he told me that he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life together asking, “Will you marry me?”. As he pulled out the ring, in response to my sincere “mmmhmm…yes!” and put it on my finger, he started the photo booth—capturing the exact moment it was happening.

I love that we have this series of photos throughout our relationship, and now for our proposal. It was such a sweet and special way for him to ask and I still can’t believe that he thought of it and kept it a secret from me! I feel so known and loved and our family and friends have been so encouraging and excited for us…I can’t wait to continue this journey together!

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