how we met
Scott and I met 4 years and 3 days prior to his proposal at the bar Hawthorne on U St in DC. At the time, I was working on my Master’s in Art Therapy at Florida State University, and was visiting friends in the DC, one of whom worked with Scott. We all ended up at Hawthorne for mutual friends Holiday party when fate truly brought us together. My friends and I were playing a game that night called “odds are”. For those who haven’t heard of the game, it involves one person daring another person to do something, counting down “3, 2, 1…” and then both people say a number between 1-10. Only if they say the exact same number, do they have to go through with the dare. On a dare to “unbutton that random guy’s shirt button”, I hit the odds, and Scott happened to be that guy. After I went through with it, it truly was love at first sight. We hit it off, dancing the night away until the bar shut down. Scott knew right away this was something special and would not be discouraged by my being in school in Florida. Our first date was to my favorite art gallery in DC, The Renwick.
how they asked
Four years after our first date, made up of long distance, living in Dupont Circle and then Arlington VA, Scott was finally ready to propose, and orchestrated what truly was a dream proposal and a walk down memory lane. Scott told me that we were headed to the White House for a Christmas tour, the perfect distraction to get me back to the place we had our first date, neighboring the White House, the Renwick Gallery. As we got to the top of the stairs inside, Scott dropped to a knee! I was completely shocked! Untraditionally, as Scott opened the ring box (purchased at Brilliant Earth in Georgetown) and instead of a ring, Scott had planted a button in its’ place. He then stood up unbuttoned a button on his shirt where he had hooked and hidden the ring. I melted and was on cloud nine, amazed at what Scott had pulled off. We celebrated with a short round of applause from the Renwick Patrons. Scott then introduced me to Sarah, a photographer from Nova Soul Imagery, who beautifully captured our proposal.
After a brief photo shoot and soaking up the moment at the Renwick Gallery, we moved to the 2nd Location, to the place we first met, Hawthorne on U St. After a few pictures outside, we went to the 3rd floor, the floor we met on, where the words “you are exactly where you need to be” have coincidentally been painted on the wall since that night they met. Next, we made their way to the roof for one last surprise. Scott had organized our parents, Scott’s sisters, and 30-40 of our closest friends from the area to be waiting for us at the top of the stairs. Another truly genuine surprise, I couldn’t contain myself and was shocked that Scott had kept this all a secret from me. The area was decked out with decorations, posters, even button cookies. Scott even made sure Hawthorne was serving the same specialty cocktail as the night they met. At last Scott had pulled it all off. All the stressing and planning to put together the perfect engagement day for me and it had gone without a hitch. Scott gave a brief toast, thanking all in attendance and in the end, struggling to hold it together, as he ended with, “Lindsay is one the most kind and loving people I know, and I’m just happy that one of those things she loves is me.”
It truly was a magical day!