Where did you meet?
Michael and I first met when we were 16 and 17 at a local hair salon where I used to work. He was in getting his hair cut and I happened to catch a glimpse of him leaving as he caught me saying something to my co-worker and he noticed. About a year later he messaged me on Facebook to let me know he was in getting his hair cut but that he didn’t see me. Fast-forward 10 years later . . . same hair stylist, different salon. We were both getting our hair done on separate days and asked our hair stylist, who is also a close friend, to set us up with someone. He put us together and the rest is history!
Please describe the proposal.
I thought it was just another Saturday night dinner out with our best friends. I worked that day and Mike told me he ran in the Baltimore Running Festival (which I later found out, was not true). As soon as I got home from work, I quickly got ready so we could head over to the Sagamore Pendry Hotel for dinner to meet the other couple. As we were seated at a window table, my friend texted me saying they were running late. While we were waiting, a Pendry employee stopped by our table and told us that Mike’s uncle called to let their team know we would be dining there that evening and offered us a tour of the hotel. I didn’t think much of it because our friends were running late so we had the time to spare.
The lady showed us another bar area, the lobby, and the courtyard and then told us she was going to show us the presidential suite. The moment the door opened, I saw candles, flowers, balloons, and champagne. Michael then walked outside to the balcony overlooking the harbor, got down on one knee, asked me to marry him . . . and I said “YES!” Afterwards, I looked over and saw my best friend (the one who was “late for dinner”) peeking through the window taking pictures! Our parents came upstairs to join our celebration and have dinner together before heading across the street to a local bar where we had another big surprise: our best friends and family were waiting for us to celebrate!
What was the first thing you did after you got engaged?
The night we got engaged, we were surprised by our closest friends and family at a local bar. The following morning, we had a surprise brunch at his parents’ house with even more family and friends.
Have you picked a date? Venue? Theme?
We are getting married November 17, 2018 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C.
What is something you and your fiancé like to do together?
We enjoy attending Orangetheory workouts, binge watching TV shows, going on dates to our favorite restaurants (as well as trying new ones), and relaxing on the beach.
Will you be taking a honeymoon?
Yes, we will be honeymooning in Southeast Asia and The Maldives. We choose this destination so we could enjoy a mix of relaxation and the beach as well as adventure.
What is a fun fact about you as a couple?
We met in high school, but 10 years went by until we started officially dating. We also love trying new restaurants and are lucky enough to travel between Baltimore and Charleston (because of Mike’s job) so we can really work on expanding our list.