Emily and Jake

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

How We Met

Our love story began with a simple right swipe in December of 2018. Jake had just checked into The Basic School (TBS) at Quantico and I was eagerly awaiting the start of my new adventure in Washington, D.C. We were two people just looking for a friend during uncertain times for both of us, but that changed very quickly. Some flirtatious banter was exchanged back and forth over our first “date” and as they say, the rest was history. Friendship soon turned into romance and each weekend you could find the two of us together exploring new places. Our love took us to Florida, Annapolis, Washington D.C. (many times), Arlington, and beyond. As our love story progressed, so did each of our careers. Upon completion of TBS, the Marine Corps sent Jake to Camp Lejeune and my new job kept me in Washington, D.C. The distance and demanding schedules did not stop us from continuing our love story. Instead, our love blossomed into the beautiful romance it is today.

Emily Van and Jake's Engagement in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Emily Van's Proposal in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

How They Asked

Very early on, Jake and I knew that we were each other’s “forever” so that meant wedding planning began somewhat early. We took a trip down to Lejeune in June to go househunting for Jake and explored the base, which included the Protestant Chapel. We fell in love with the Chapel and decided that was where we wanted our wedding ceremony to take place whenever we got married. It was an added bonus that both of our parents were married at the chapels on the bases they were stationed at many years ago. Jake’s parents were married at the chapel on base at Pensacola, FL and my parents were married at the chapel on base at Quantico, VA. We kept our options open for the venue for the reception, as we still weren’t engaged. But I had a place in mind, Marston Pavilion.

Fast forward about a month, Jake was permanently located in North Carolina and I was still in Northern Virginia – thus the beginning of long-distance and weekend trips to visit each other. I made my first trip over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Our place was to get things set up in Jake’s new house and enjoy quiet time together before his roommates moved in. Things were strictly business or so I thought!

We made a trip to the base to run errands and Jake suggested that we go visit the Chapel again just to see it when it wasn’t raining. I agreed because it would be a nice break from setting up the house. I did not know until later that this was where Jake wanted to propose. As we walked around the Chapel, we found that it was locked so Jake quickly thought of plan B. And suggested that we go see Marston Pavilion because I was so interested in that location for our reception. Once again, it was locked but we were able to peer in all the windows and fall in love with yet another “potential” wedding venue. As Jake was continuing to peer in all the windows, I made my way out on to the dock to take in the view. As I turned around to see where Jake was, what I found instantly brought tears to my eyes. I found Jake had joined me on the dock and was down on one knee asking me to be his forever.

No one was present except for Jake and me during our Proposal. Instead, our love was captured perfectly during our engagement pictures taken by our amazing photographer.

Special Thanks

Francesca Woomer
 | Photographer