Images: Victoria Selman
Well here we are. This weekend was both long and insanely fast at the same time. It started ‘early’ with needing to pick up Evie early from daycare on Friday due to a fever/her cold taking a turn. It followed with a TON of yard work, walking & park visits, signing Evie up for pre-K (!!!!!), an IKEA trip, and a freakin’ terrible cold that I cannot kick. At this point I think it’s a horrible concoction of a bad cold AND allergies, compounded by the fact that I cannot take any medication.
So, I’ll try to refrain from complaining, and focus on getting better instead, because we have THE CRAZIEST week ahead! Drs & dentist appointments, Andy traveling to NYC, DC Wedding Week (have you signed up for Coffee & Conversations yet!? There’s only like 2 tickets left!), an Andrew McMahon show at 9:30 Club, and then Caitlin & Trevor’s JBPC wedding. YIKES GUYS. This cold needs to go like now.
In the meantime though, enough about me, let’s get to the LOVE. We’ve got the love story and engagement session of #CapRoCouple Becky & Todd. Seriously two of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met, and their wedding was SO full of family & love (and tears!), so naturally their engagement session is insanely awesome. Tandem bike riding, boats, smiles, and so much laughter. Happy Monday Romancers!
Todd and I met through mutual friends. On was a warm Saturday in February a few friends we both knew organized a big group hike on the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls. There were probably 20 people there so we really didn’t talk that much, but it was the first time we ever crossed paths. That friend group began to gel, though, and we planned more adventures together. (Including a bike trip to Harpers Ferry a few months later, which is where we really hit it off.) We continued to become friends over the next nine months, sharing our favorite books, poets, artists, and many more bike rides, before we officially started dating in November of that year. Over a picnic on the Anacostia River’s Kingman Island, Todd gave me a letter asking me if we could give dating a shot. I was relieved cause I thought that’s what we’d been doing all along :)
A year and a half later, we ditched work and took a bike ride to Kingman Island on a Friday afternoon. As we walked over the bridge to the island a photographer who had previously had his camera trained on the river turned and started photographing us. Todd got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said said “yes.” After that we were able to spend some quiet time together just looking out at the river sharing the joy and feeling like we had a little secret. It was perfect. I wasn’t not suspicious since bike rides and Kingman Island held significance for us, but it was thoughtful, significant, and private, which was perfect for us. Also, I hate surprises. That night we had planned a big birthday party for Todd on the party barge at the marina where Todd lives, but it turns out it wasn’t a birthday party at all! All of our friends and family were there to help us celebrate our engagement, which did surprise me … in a good way.