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This weekend was pretty awesome thanks to my amazing husband. He set up an entire Treat Yo Self day for me on Saturday wherein I got a massage (ah-mazing) and my hair did (SO insanely overdue). Then yesterday we had a BLAST making mini pinatas at the latest DIY workshop! And now I get to share an AWESOME DC engagement session featuring two of my amazing clients for this year, Kara & Justin. Kara & Justin are cool beyond words and I am SO excited for their wedding (in just about a month!) at Josephine Butler Parks Center. Check out their super chill DC engagement pictures around Yards Park (including a stop at Blue Jacket Brewery) and love story below. Happy Monday Romancers!
How we met:
Justin and I met on OkCupid. I had been doing the online dating thing for almost 2 years, with no real luck. At the urging of his parents, Justin decided to give it a shot, and was only online for about a month before he and I met. If you haven’t experienced the online dating world, its kind of slim pickin’s out there. Few people take the time to complete their profile in a way that is reflection of themselves, but Justin’s did just that. It also didn’t hurt that he was really cute ;) So I messaged him, and crossed my fingers that he would respond back. Apparently, I was one of the few girls that sent him a message using full words and sentences, as opposed to “U R a QT”.
We exchanged messages regularly, and within a week or so, scheduled our first date. I had a basketball game earlier in the day that ran late, making me late for our date. When I texted him to let him know I was running behind, Justin was worried I was going to stand him up. I did not, and we shared a great meal, getting to know each other more. From that point on, we were pretty much inseparable.
Click inside for so much more! Including the proposal story!
When Justin and I first started talking about marriage, I was very upfront with him and told him that I knew nothing about diamonds or rings, and didn’t know what I wanted, so he should just propose with a ring pop or one of those plastic rings from the grocery store vending machines. Plus, this would also make it a complete surprise. There had been 2 or 3 occasions where Justin wanted to propose (and had made plans to propose), but I unknowingly ruined the plans.
I think he could sense I was getting a little antsy for the engagement, so for my 31st birthday, he surprised me with a trip to Brooklyn for the long Labor Day weekend. I thought it might happen during that weekend, but I wasn’t sure. On Saturday, he had scored reservations at Brooklyn Fare (a 3-star Michelin restaurant), and we had an unbelievable dinner. He had wanted to go to the Brooklyn Bridge after dinner to propose, but after getting back to the hotel to change our of our fancy clothes, we both fell into a food coma and passed out for the night.
The following day was my birthday, and we spent most of the day wandering around Brooklyn. We finally made it to the Brooklyn Bridge, and as I was reaching into my bag, I noticed his sunglasses case had come unsnapped. I didn’t want his sunglasses to fall out, so I was trying to snap it closed, but it wasn’t closing. So I pulled out his sunglasses case only to find a ring pop shoved in there, along with his glasses. Justin was standing right next to me when this happened, so he saw that I found the ring pop. I felt terrible that I had ruined the surprise…AGAIN!
He didn’t propose right away…he made me wait, and still tried to surprise me. When we got up onto the bridge, I was looking at the love locks that people had placed on the bridge. There was one shaped like a heart, and was dated 8-31-14 (that day). As I turned to point it out to him, he was down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. Despite having ruined the surprise, it was still a memorable moment.