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What a weekend! We kicked off our 2018 Wedding Season early this year with an AH-MAZING one at Church of the Holy City & Josephine Butler Parks Center. So much tears and laughter and just such an amazing group of people … but also PHEW an exhausting one too. So much of Sunday was spent on the couch ;-p We’re kicking things off this week with an adorable Old Town Alexandria, VA engagement session. We’ll have a full slate of blogs this week and hoping to get a new newsletter out tomorrow. Stay tuned & Happy Monday!

Engagement photos of Maggie Wilson and Matt Richard in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Engagement photos of Maggie Wilson and Matt Richard in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

We met online, through eHarmony. It was actually only the second date we each had gone on from the site. Neither of us can really remember who initiated the conversation (Maggie swears it was her!), but both of us were drawn to many similarities in our profiles – a passion for all things Boston, a shared interest in running and traveling, and our love for our dogs.

Engagement photos of Maggie Wilson and Matt Richard in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Engagement photos of Maggie Wilson and Matt Richard in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

We have very similar outlooks on life – and share a ton of the same interests and passions. We both love to travel, but even more so we’re great travel partners, and have the same approach to experiencing new places and adventures. We both love to cook too; some of our happiest times together are in our tiny kitchen making dinner and catching up on our day. One thing that makes us such a strong couple is our families. There’s an incredible amount of love…So much so that Maggie’s dad grilled Matt for about three hours before he gave Matt his permission to marry Maggie! We also were raised very similarly by parents who worked incredibly hard to provide for their children. This shared experience and the value we place on family has only made us a stronger couple. I think we both feel so lucky to have so many people in our lives that love us, and we cannot wait to celebrate with them in April.

Engagement photos of Maggie Wilson and Matt Richard in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Engagement photos of Maggie Wilson and Matt Richard in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

 

While Maggie might not admit this she’s IMPOSSIBLE to surprise. Originally I was thinking we’d go up to a nice inn in New Hampshire while we were home for the holidays but when I suggested a trip, she immediately said “You’re not going to propose to me in New Hampshire!” So there went that idea! Onto plan b: my birthday which falls between Christmas and New Years. I figured this would throw her off since we were spending the day with her family, and she was making our evening dinner plans. She had planned drinks on the waterfront and dinner in the North End of Boston. So I decided to propose on our walk to dinner at this beautiful park that’s all lit up for the holidays. She still almost thwarted my plans twice though! Over a glass of champagne before dinner, she lamented that I wasn’t going to ask while we were home after all (she was clearly fishing for clues). Then when we were walking to dinner she was trying to walk around the park! I finally was able to guide her over to the park where my friend was hiding ready to take pictures, and asked her there. I think I was so nervous all I said was “Maggie, will you marry me.” I couldn’t really get anything else out, which is rare for me. It was a wonderful evening and the best birthday I’ve ever had. From Maggie: I really had convinced myself that it wasn’t happening while we were home for the holidays, so I was completely surprised when he stopped us underneath the lights in the park! I have no idea what he said, or what I said, or what we ate for dinner! I was so overwhelmed with excitement and emotion. We’re planning to go back to the same spot for dinner again this year; I think it will become our annual birthday/engagement tradition. Also, I don’t know why I was so against getting engaged in NH. It’s a lovely state.

Engagement photos of Maggie Wilson and Matt Richard in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Engagement photos of Maggie Wilson and Matt Richard in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
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