Lauren and Bruce

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How We Met

I met BJ when he was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state.. He liked my photo on Hinge and we met 2 weeks later for a walk along Ruston Way in Tacoma.
While I remember many things from this date, what stands out the most is his taking me seriously even after I asked, “Did you know Corgi butts float?!” He spent the last 10 minutes of the date convincing me to do an escape room with him as our second date and the rest you could say is history.

How They Asked

BJ moved about 5 months after we met, and keeping a proposal a secret while doing long distance is a challenge, to say the least.

I knew it would be coming in the next couple of months, but I didn’t think it would be this visit as I knew he still had to talk to my parents (being the southern gentleman he is).

When I picked him up from the airport, he smelled like a restaurant instead of a plane. This made me curious but I let it go.

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The next day we hung out at home before he suggested a relatively detailed plan for the evening. Anyone who knows BJ is aware that is he a very go with the flow kind of guy so my antenna was up as he provided the plan for the evening.

I got ready, making sure to take extra care to look good…just in case. The whole car ride up I told myself not to be disappointed if it didn’t happen that night.

We arrived at Ruston Way.

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(to “try out a new restaurant”) and he suggested a short walk before dinner. I was starving so I almost suggested we go after food. Good thing I didn’t!

He walked me down by the water and I asked him where he was taking me. “I don’t know,” he said and kept walking. He pulled me over to the side of the path, took my hands, told me he loved me and thanked me for being his “biggest hype woman.”

I was grinning ear to ear. He got down on one knee, much to my dismay as the ground was wet, and asked me to marry him.

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“Yes!! Now get up before your knee gets wet!!”

After dancing a little to no music, we walked back toward the restaurant. The sound of a cork flying from a champagne bottle alerted me to the presence of all my best friends running across the park toward us. He’d planned a surprise celebration with all of my family and friends. I couldn’t have planned it better myself.

Best. Day. Ever.

Special Thanks

Lauren Cross
 | Photographer
James Allen
 | Ring