How We Met
Corrado and I went to neighboring colleges (Montclair & NJIT). My college roommates were big hockey fans, so we would always go to NJIT to watch the hockey games – Corrado was one of the star players so that’s how our paths crossed! We briefly met at a party in 2014 but hardly talked. (I remembered thinking, “wow this guy is way out of my league” so I didn’t even bother talking to him!) Serendipitously, we both ended up at the same bar a few weeks later, we recognized each other from the party, struck up a conversation because Corrado ordered a Carlsberg (a Danish beer) and we instantly hit it off! After losing touch for a while after Corrado pursued hockey after graduation, our flame was rekindled in 2015 and the rest is history! – Lin
How They Asked
As a wedding & proposal photographer, people have been joking for years that it must be so hard for Corrado to top all the proposals I’ve seen. Little did I know, he would trick me into shooting my own proposal photos at one of my favorite places: on top of a mountain. 😭 I honestly couldn’t think of a more memorable or perfectly “us” proposal. ❤️
There was a rare once-every-75-years sunrise solar eclipse that was going to happen so of *course* we decided to plan one of our usual hiking photoshoots that morning.
Unfortunately, Corrado hurt his back a few days before the hike but insisted that we still went. (I thought he just really didn’t want to miss the eclipse… little did I know, he had even bigger plans for that morning so he was determined to push through the pain!)
After climbing to the top and watching the eclipse, I set up my camera on a tripod to take some of our usual mountaintop photos together. We took a few photos, then moved over to the next rock ledge for a couple more photos before hiking back down.
We moved over to the next rock ledge, I threw on a dress for our next set of photos, I clicked the self-timer button, got into position, then Corrado dropped down to one knee and said:
“I love sharing these experiences with you, from the epic moments like these, the once-every-75-year sunrise eclipse, to our daily rising sun lattes.”
“You are an inspiration to me and make me a better person in every possible way.”
“We’ve already accomplished so much together and I can’t wait to continue accomplishing our goals together in the future.”
“I love you to the mountains and back.”
“I have a two-part question:
1. Will you set a goal with me to come back here to see the next eclipse in 75 years?
2. Lin Pernille Kristensen, will you marry me?”
Of course, I said “yes”, then he opened the ring box and I saw three rings, so I said, “how many times??”
He wasn’t sure exactly what kind of ring I wanted, so he got three different returnable rings as stand-ins so I could see the different options in person before ordering the custom “forever” ring – so thoughtful & smart, how lucky am I?!
How many proposal photographers can say they shot their own proposal? 😭 So lucky I get to marry this clever, thoughtful, sneaky man.
As a final surprise, Corrado had invited both of our families to come over to our house to celebrate that night. Such a perfect day!