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Radcliffe Engaged Couple of the Month: Michele & Parker

Read about their Annapolis love story.

Where did you meet?

Parker and I met in Annapolis in 2014. Parker was attending the United States Naval Academy, and I was in town celebrating my birthday with a girlfriend. On the night we met, my girlfriend and I bumped into Parker and his friend on the sidewalk, and I told them they must come have a celebratory birthday drink with us. They did, and we haven’t stopped seeing each other since!

Please describe the proposal.

We were driving from our home in North Carolina to New Jersey (where Parker is from) to spend the weekend with his family. During the car ride, Parker suggested we stop in Annapolis to stretch our legs and get lunch. Once we parked our car, Parker then suggested that I go get a coffee and he would take our dog, Indie, for a walk and we would meet back at the entrance to the Naval Academy. When I got back to our agreed-upon meeting spot, I noticed Parker wasn’t there. I then saw Parker across the street and he yelled, “Hey! It’s my birthday. Want to grab a drink?” I crossed the street, and Parker proposed in the same exact spot where we met. It was perfect.

What was the first thing you did after you got engaged?

Parker whisked me off to one of our most special restaurants in Annapolis where my family was secretly waiting for us! After lunch, we hopped in the car and drove to New Jersey, where his entire family was waiting for us!

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Have you picked a date? Venue? Theme?
We have a tentative date in mind, but that will most likely be decided once we have a venue. No specific theme, but we would love to have an outdoor wedding surrounded by all our favorite people.

What is something you and your fiancé like to do together?
We love checking out new restaurants and bars, but most of the time, you will find us going for walks with our dog.

Will you be taking a honeymoon?
We would love to take a honeymoon, but with Parker’s job (he is a pilot for the USMC), planning a honeymoon may be challenging. Our dream honeymoon would be to take a small catamaran and sail around the Caribbean.

What is a fun fact about you as a couple?
An interesting fact about our relationship is that Parker and I had been frequenting the same restaurants and bars in Annapolis for years, and we never once ran into each other. We literally met the last night of his senior year!