Megan and Benji

Megan and Benji's Engagement in Seattle, Washington

How We Met

Benji and I met in high school cross country–we knew of each other before then from school, but had never really talked until our team practices and bus rides to meets. He was cute and smart and tall and funny, so naturally, I developed a crush on him instantly. I was too shy to make a move and Benji was too oblivious to know any better, so three years of pining for him went by with no developments in our relationship. He was a year older than me, so my senior year of high school, he went off to college at Ohio State. I didn’t see him as much, so my crush faded and I thought my feelings for him had gone…

Until one day, he visited the high school to see his old teachers and friends. When he visited my classroom, I remember having my back to the door, and I noticed everyone looking at something behind me and laughing. When I turned around and saw it was him, I started physically shaking! I remember thinking, “Crap, I still like this guy.” We ended up having a really nice conversation that day catching up, and I knew I was sold.

Despite that, we still didn’t end up talking until the next summer. In the spring, I finally decided that I was also going to OSU, and my mom asked me if I knew any freshman there that had any engineering textbooks we could buy. Of course I did! On July 4th, 2016, I texted Benji and asked him if I could buy all his freshman year textbooks for 75 cents. I guess something about that was endearing, because we kept talking, and the rest, of course, is history.

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How They Asked

This summer, I was doing an internship in Seattle, Washington, while Benji started his job in Columbus, Ohio. We planned a trip for him to come out and visit me during the 4th of July weekend. Pretty early on after he had his plane ticket, Benji told me had a surprise for the night of the 4th–at first, I didn’t think anything of it. It made sense that he would want to do something sweet for our only weekend together this summer. When I thought about it a bit more, I asked myself what he could plan on the 4th of July in Seattle: probably a boat for a pretty view of the fireworks, right? I didn’t say anything so I didn’t ruin the surprise, but I didn’t expect anything else from the night Benji had planned.

On the night of, we ended up on the docks of a dinner cruise company–I was right! However, that was the least of the surprises that day. When we climbed the stairs to the top deck of the boat, I saw that our table was right next to a window, covered in rose petals, and had a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries included. And I STILL didn’t suspect anything. It wasn’t until after dinner when he took me out onto the back deck of the boat with a beautiful view of the city and reached into the inside pocket of his blazer that my heart skipped a beat. I thought, “Oh my gosh! You’re not doing this!”

He pulled out the ring box, which was the most special part of the evening by far. Benji spent weeks designing, building, and testing the box himself. It was a 3D-printed dodecahedron and each face lit up, revealing pictures of us at different points in our relationship, including the first text messages we ever sent to each other. I spent so long admiring it that I wasn’t even sure there was a ring inside anymore, until he said, “Can I show you the inside?” got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I started bawling instantly and of course said yes, only then noticing the photographer who had been sitting at the table behind us the whole night!

A little while later, the captain of the boat came out and gave us a bouquet of roses, congratulating us. We then shared champagne and embraced each other under the most amazing view of the fireworks in the whole city, and I kept pinching myself and staring at my ring, hardly believing it was real. It was the most special and magical night of our lives so far, and I can’t wait for our forever together!

Special Thanks

Noah Lubin
Photographer