Hallsey and Matthew

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How We Met

My friend from college and I moved in together shortly after graduating. After a year and half of living together she wanted to set me up with one of her and her fiancé’s good friend from medical school. She had us all meet for a cocktail hour and the rest was history.

How They Asked

Matthew is a second-year resident in an internal medicine program. He has been on the front lines and working endless hours. He wanted to propose in April but because of the pandemic, our trip to California was canceled. So he decided to wait until it was safe enough for him to plan another trip. He planned a road trip for us in the beginning of November back to my hometown and then throughout Virginia. When we got to our first stop he told me he wanted to go on a walk to the waterfront. It was sunset, and absolutely beautiful. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The funniest part of the story is that he forgot to take off his face mask while asking me. 2020 has been a hell of year, but happy to have this sweet memory from it.