Zach and Katie

How We Met

It was our first week of college at UW-Madison and as fate would have it, we were placed in the same dorm. I had seen him from afar a few times before we actually interacted and thought to myself “wow he is very cute”. We first met while watching the first Packer game of the season. Zach was so sweet to hold the door open for me, like the true gentleman he is. Meanwhile, oblivious me didn’t even notice and just breezed on past through a separate door. Zach realized quickly that I am a very independent woman. This is something we love to look back on and laugh at now. Little did we know that this night would begin our love story.

How He Askd

Fast forward 6 years, Zach and I have had to live long distance which means we take every opportunity to spend time together. Zach’s job takes him all over the country and recently he’s been spending a lot of time in Washington, D.C. I have always loved D.C. and have visited a few times before. It has always held a special place in my heart for it’s history and DC Cupcakes. So when he asked me to come visit for the weekend, it was a no-brainer.

My first clue should have been when he’d sent me a detailed itinerary of all the fun sights he had planned for us (which is totally unlike him). He even took the time to run his plan past one of my best friends who had grown up in the city. I was so excited for the trip, I told my first grade students all about the sights I would see in Washington and yet they were more excited for pictures from the airplane. We spent our day viewing museum exhibits and the botanical gardens.

I started to become suspicious when he said he wanted to go to the Lincoln Memorial at 5:00 which was very close to sunset and very far from where we currently were. Despite my doubts, we went over there and my second clue should have been when Zach kept commenting on how many people there were, which I just dismissed as being typical for the landmark (always so oblivious!).

We made our way up to the top and I started to walk inside to go see Abe – what I thought would be the main attraction – just then he said he wanted to go back down to the bottom. Confused, I agreed and walked right past the spot he had picked out towards the Reflection Pool. This time he stopped me, kneeling down to ask me if I would make him the happiest man in the world and marry him.

I was in shock and couldn’t say anything except “yes!” over and over. The last surprise was when the photographer who he had arranged to capture the whole event popped out of her hiding spot and took us on a surprise engagement photo session. I couldn’t believe how sweet and thoughtful he was about planning what is now the most special day of our lives.

Special Thanks

Hannah Joy Photography
Photographer