How We Met
I knew Jake through mutual friends and the music scene in our city when we were in high school. Actually, my crush on him started in middle school and there’s proof of that in an old (cringey) journal I found, but that’s a story for another day! I remember going to shows and crushing from afar. We followed each other on social media as we grew into adults, and I was always seeing the cool things he was doing whether it was traveling internationally or going on amazing cycling trips. The summer I graduated from college, I decided to just bite the bullet and message him on Facebook to see if he wanted to get a drink.
My best friend actually dared me to send a silly pick up line to him, and I lost at odds. So the message was sent! He messaged back that he had often thought about pitching me the same idea, but realized I lived away at school so he never did. He said he was very flattered, but had just started a relationship with someone a few days before. I was bummed, but also he was so nice about it, so it made the sting a little less. Well, about 3 months after that, a message popped up in my inbox! It was Jake, asking if the offer still stood. He said he remembered my message because of the silly pick up line (thanks Elizabeth!). We went to dinner the following week, and the rest is history :)
How They Asked
We planned a trip to Peru for the summer of 2018. About a week an a half into our trip, we had plans to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! After about 5 hours straight of hiking up and up ancient switchback stairs, and one hour of hiking along the ridge of the mountains on the trail, we arrived at Sun Gate, the entrance to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail. The view was breathtaking. After the final descent down to the ancient city, we stopped to rest on a rock and take in all the sights. As we sat on the rock, he took out his phone and handed me his headphones. “Watch this,” he said. I was a little confused why he wanted me to watch a video on his phone while we were looking at one of the most beautiful places in the world, but about a 30 seconds into the video I realized what was happening. The video was a montage of clips and pictures from the past two years we had been together.
Jake is a videographer by trade, so it was never weird when I saw him with his camera out filming little snippets here and there. I just assumed he was testing a new lens or needed something to practice editing. The video detailed all of the trips we had been on, little moments in my old apartment, our dog Buddy, funny Snapchats and still photos I never realized he would save. The song he chose was the song playing in the car when he told me he loved me our first Christmas Eve together. Of course, I started to cry! After the video finished, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was overwhelmed! Being together at Machu Picchu was magical enough, getting engaged at Machu Picchu was special in and of itself, and the heartfelt video was just the icing on the cake. I love that I can cherish that forever and show our kids one day. Our guide at Machu Picchu told us it was “very good luck” to get engaged at the sacred city, and not that I think we need the luck, but I can’t imagine anything less epic or thoughtful to come from Jake.