Kaleigh and Brad

How We Met

Brad and I met at the end of my senior year of high school. We were both doing track and I remember vividly having a crush on the tall, goofy guy I spotted across the track. I made the first move, sending him a direct message on Twitter. He gave me a ride home in his “man van” a few times after track, and before I realized what was happening, I was waiting for his texts and looking forward to seeing him around the school.

The timing could not have been worse. Brad was heading into his senior year of high school and I was off to college the following year. We spent the whole summer thinking it was a fling (though Brad now says he knew it was destiny all along). I remember our first kiss and the instant butterflies, but I also remember thinking there was no way I would go to college tied down!

We survived five years of long-distance (200+ miles) with patience, perseverance, and so much love. After three years at home for me and two years at home for Brad, we made the decision in the midst of the 2020 pandemic that we would move in together. On an incredibly hot day in July 2020, we moved into our first apartment together with the help of family and friends.

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How They Asked

Brad and I have always loved camping and it’s honestly one of our favorite ways to disconnect from our busy lives. After making the decision to change jobs, I had a week off for vacation before beginning my new position. I decided to spend a couple of days with a friend in Maine and we decided to book a Getaway house in NH. We had credit for Getaway after moving our booking during the pandemic. We booked it so last minute, I didn’t expect he would ever plan something as elaborate as a proposal!

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When we arrived, I was disheveled and smelly. Brad suggested we take a few photos of the area and then put our phones away. Brad isn’t typically the one to suggest taking a photo, so I was excited! I came outside the cabin and he was setting up the phone on a picnic table. I looked down and saw he had it on video. Being who I am, I argued a self-timer photo would make more sense. He pushed back that his camera “can break down into still frames” so please leave it alone. I agreed begrudgingly.

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We kissed, I gave him a squeeze, we smiled, and he suddenly backed away and asked me to marry him. I was shocked, so happy, and asked if he was kidding. I also said yes!!

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We made dinner and s’mores and shut down the phones (after calling everyone!) it was a couple of days I will never forget.

When we came home, our friend took photos and we’ve been basking in the excitement ever since.

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