Morgan and Emily

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How We Met

Officially, Emily and I (Morgan) met in middle school when we were 12 and 13 on the golf team, but our story doesn’t really begin until the summer I graduated high school. Our paths had crossed many times over the years after our middle school golf days, but I finally got up the courage to ask Emily on a date 6 years later in the summer of 2014. Our timing has never been ideal because once we finally went on a couple of dates we had to part ways. Emily went to college in Pittsburgh and I was going to be starting at UT Austin in the fall. For 2 years we had zoom dates, weekend trips across the country, and bittersweet goodbyes during every winter and summer break. As our lives evolved and Emily moved back to Texas for graduate school we went from 1500 miles of long-distance to only 200. Three years into dating we moved in together, Emily commuting for her final year of grad school and me graduating at the same time. We were finally done with long-distance. 3 years later, we have traveled the world, adopted 3 pets, gotten even stronger as a couple, and are ready to start the rest of our lives together.

How They Asked

After being cooped up at home for almost 2 years of no traveling due to covid, we jumped at the chance to go to Seattle in the fall of 2021. At this point, Emily and I had been dating for almost 7 years and living together for 4 already, so while the proposal itself was technically a surprise, we both very much knew it was coming. On our third day in Seattle, we woke up to a cool, foggy morning and started our day with our favorite thing to do as a couple: eating a giant fancy breakfast. Many of our early dates were chats over late-night pancakes, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into our special day.

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Knowing that the afternoon would be dedicated to Emily and our proposal, we spent the morning at the Seattle Aquarium (one of Morgan’s passions) before making our way to the UW Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Hands sweating and the ring box hidden in my backpack, we walked through the botanical gardens and I tried not to look completely suspicious as I searched for the perfect place to propose.

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When we had talked about proposals before Emily has given me only 1 rule: The proposal must be absolutely private. Being a Monday, I was hopeful that I could find a quiet spot in the gardens and be able to fulfill Emily’s wish of a private proposal, but when we arrived at the pond (pictured below) it was full of children running around and people feeding the ducks and waking their dogs. I was just about to start panicking when out of nowhere everyone started to quietly leave the pond. In less than a minute we were completely alone in this beautiful landscape and I took that as a sign to get down on one knee and finally propose. It was a magical day made even more magical by a private photoshoot in Pike Place Market a few days later so that we could have the best of both worlds: a private proposal and wonderful photos of our engagement trip that will last a lifetime.

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Special Thanks

Alesha Brown
 | Photographer