How We Met
We actually met on three dating apps over the course of a year and a half – Hinge, Bumble, and The League – before meeting in person. The first time we matched (Hinge) was Spring 2015, right before Eamon left NYC for his business school internship in Boston and then a semester abroad in Madrid. Fast forward to late Summer 2016, we matched for a second time (Bumble) and made plans to meet.
I had just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, so I ended up canceling the date because I didn’t think I was in the right mindset to be dating. I told him I had a lot going on and it wasn’t a good time.
In November of that year, I was home recovering from my cancer surgery when we matched for a third and final time (The League) and set a date for a Sunday in early December. It was my first weekend back in the city after my surgery, so I spent the morning out and about with my girlfriends. My energy levels were still up and down as my body adjusted to no longer have a thyroid and I was exhausted by 3pm.
I texted Eamon to cancel, telling him I was tired. He asked if I was hungover. At that point, I decided I had to come clean about my cancer recovery. He was completely understanding and told me to rest up and that he would reach out after the holidays. On January 12, 2017, we went on our first date, deleted the dating apps, and the rest is history.
How They Asked
We are both big skiers and like to make an annual pilgrimage to Colorado for a week of skiing. Of all the mountains that we visit in Colorado, Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) is our favorite. On March 3, 2020, we went to A-Basin and hiked the arduous East Wall, skis on our backs, in search of some fresh powder. Eamon went first and I followed, taking a bit longer to trudge the approximately 800 steps on a 30-40 degree incline at 12,000 feet above sea level. After giving me a second to catch my breath, ski’s still on my back, Eamon knelt down and asked me to marry him. Due to the lack of oxygen, all I could say was “YES!”
I’m a jewelry specialist for an auction house in NYC and have designed my own jewelry line (@anniejamesjewelry) so we had already decided that Eamon would propose without the actual ring and we would design the ring together after. We are also both big sailors (we unknowingly competed in the same regattas growing up), so Eamon spliced a ring for me out of Kevlar rope and tied a “diamond” knot on top. While it will one day be replaced by a diamond (and sapphire) ring, I will treasure this piece of rope for years to come as it perfectly captures our relationship. Stay tuned for pictures of my forever ring, which is on hold until the world opens up again!