Stephanie and Cameron
How We Met
Cameron and I first met in college at The University of Delaware. We were neighbors in a small townhome complex our Junior Year. In March of 2010 we started dating and made it official that summer. After we both graduated, Cameron went on to PT school at Temple University and lived in Roxsborough for 2 years and then a year at home in Bucks County and I was commuting from Delaware to the City for work. We spent a lot of our time in Philadelphia as it was the midway point for both of us. We mostly saw each other on weekends but occasionally got together for drinks and dinners in the city. I think we managed to scope out every great happy hour, BYOB and brewery in the city through our adventures. This past year we finally made Philadelphia our home together when Cameron accepted his first PT position.
How He Asked
To understand better why Cameron proposed where he did, I will take you back a few years. When I was training for my first marathon in 2013 I had read a Philadelphia Marathon blog post that truly resonated with me. The woman in the blog had gone through her journey leading up to the marathon and her thoughts post marathon. She quoted “When I turned the corner on Kelly Drive and saw Boathouse Row, I knew I had made it.” Boathouse row is the last mile stretch of a stunning 26.2 miles through the City. For my own person experience, seeing the row of houses along the Schuylkill, that moment was more victorious than the finish line. I was overcome with so much emotion that I really did make it! The stretch along Kelly Drive was certainly not easy and I stopped many times in the last 8 miles to walk. Needless to say, I did not get my PR that year, but the real prize at the end of the race was Cameron next to me every step of the way. I could never have done it without his encouragement and love. Two years later Cameron and I trained for our second marathon together in Philadelphia and spent many Saturdays and Sundays running along Kelly Drive and every time we passed Boathouse row, I smiled. It holds a very special place in my heart; a place full of accomplishments, strength and all the love Cameron showed to me throughout our marathon days. Cameron proposed to me on the water works pavilion overlooking Boathouse Row on a crisp fall day. Before he proposed the first thing he said was “I bought you here because I know how special this place was for you in completing your first marathon” and then he got down on one knee and popped the question.
Our two great friends (whose engagement we had been a part of a few months before – Matt and Kelsey – we love you!!) were there with champagne and props and captured the entire moment. We held hand stenciled signs that read “I finally asked” and “I said yes!” … so appropriate as our relationship was 5 ½ years in the making.
I would tease Cameron plenty of times in the past year about when we would get engaged, and Kelsey definitely knew that ha!
After we enjoyed our champagne and took it all in, we traveled back to our apartment in South Philly. When we opened the entrance to walk upstairs, both our parents and Cameron’s sister were sitting on the steps to surprise me! I could not believe it!
I immediately burst into tears. I entered my apartment to find it completely decorated with engagement signs, balloons, cupcakes, and more champagne. We quickly celebrated before Cameron alerted me he had another surprise. He had made reservations for my family and his for drinks at City Tap House in Logan Square. I couldn’t wait to continue celebrating. My mom even brought the cupcakes and balloons with us. Upon arrival, our friend Kelsey carried the balloons very high in front of us blocking my view, not knowing what surprise was next. I walked in to 25 of our closest family and friends standing in front of me. Words can not describe the happiness, joy and love I felt from all these amazing people. Some traveled from New York and DC to be with us and it meant so much! There were plenty of tears and hugs at this point! Cameron had been planning the proposal for months and included all of the special people in our lives. He had been to my parent’s house multiple times to ask for their permission, show them the ring and ultimately included them every step of the way. I could not have asked for a more perfect day. I felt like an absolute princess and incredibly special. It is something I will remember and look back on forever.
To my family and friends – thank you for keeping this the BEST kept secret.
Cameron – you are my heart, soul and best friend. I would not dream of spending my life with anyone else. I love you.