How We Met
Annabelle’s dear friend of over 20. years, Brittany, is married to Sean’s brother Billy, and she was kind enough to set us up!
For our first date, Sean took Annabelle out to dinner at the lovely Jockey Hollow Bar and Restaurant in Morristown. (Annabelle was very intimidated by this choice!) Annabelle felt like she had been struck by lightning when Sean walked up to where she was sitting (he was ten minutes late, not that anyone’s counting). It was an instant connection and a chemistry neither of us had ever felt before -we were laughing together immediately, talking about everything under the sun, and didn’t want the night to end!
How They Asked
Sean and Annabelle had talked about marriage pretty early on, so in that sense, she knew it was coming at some point, but it was still the biggest surprise of her life. We moved in together after four months together and got engaged after seven months, so it was a bit of a whirlwind! Annabelle certainly thought a hike in ten-degree temperatures was a bit odd, and her suspicion grew when Sean started his beautiful speech to her, but her heart nearly stopped when he got down on one knee.
(Jenna can certainly attest to how shocked and flustered Annabelle was afterward!) Sean planned every detail beautifully, including a surprise celebration with both of our families. It could not have been a more perfect and love-filled day. Sean cried a little inside when he opened the weather forecast the morning of the planned proposal. He had been planning every facet of the day for months down to what handkerchiefs to get their pup Benny; so when Annabelle questioned whether a hike in 10-degree weather was smart, he used their innocent Benny as a scapegoat to lure her out to their favorite spot to get down on one knee and pop the big question.
The spectacular round Valley Reservoir is located near Annabelle’s dad’s house. She and Benny found themselves spending a lot of time kayaking and hiking there during the pandemic. It brought her so much peace and became one of her favorite places on earth. Annabelle couldn’t wait to take Sean thereafter they met, and he loved it as much as she does. Annabelle and Sean both absolutely love nature, so it was the perfect place to start this new chapter of our lives together. The pictures speak for themselves!