How We Met
Bryan and I both went to the University of Oregon, and our paths must have crossed many, many times. We lived in the same dorms freshman year, had the same major and were both in Greek life. However, we didn’t meet until two years after graduation, in 2013, through mutual friends. I may not have known it was “love at first sight,” but my mom sure did. The second I told her about the “cute boy” I met named Bryan Flaherty, she started pushing me to go for it and never stopped — thanks, mom!
how they asked
There’s nothing I love more than going on adventures with Bryan. We decided to take an extended Labor Day weekend and do a road trip down the Oregon Coast. At the beginning of the trip, Bryan suggested we film everything and then edit a video at the end of it — sneaky, right? Then he suggested we put the music to Mat Kearney’s “Coming Home” in the background of the video. Just the week before, I had told my mom that when Bryan and I got married, I wanted “Coming Home” to be our first dance.
Our road trip started with a Duck football game — and victory — on Saturday. After the game, we drove to an Airbnb in Florence (on the Oregon Coast) called Darlings. We fully expected Darlings to simply be somewhere to sleep, but like every other part of this trip, everything beat our expectations. The place was, you could say, darling.
Sunday morning, as the sun was rising, we walked across the road from Darlings to sand dunes and spent about an hour running and jumping around, what felt like, another world. I kept thinking to myself, “How could I be any happier than I am right now?” I probably thought that at least 10 times that day before Bryan proposed.
We spent the rest of the day crabbing off the pier in Coos Bay and playing Bocce ball on the beach — two of our favorite things. As the day was winding down, we went to set up our tent at our campsite right next to the beach. Due to the wildfires in Oregon at the time, we couldn’t build a campfire or cook our dinner, like we had planned. Instead, we had a sunset picnic of Triscuits, Tillamook cheese and wine. Life was so good, and it just kept getting better.
We finished one bottle of wine, so Bryan headed back to the car for another — Hey, we were on full vacation mode. When he got back, he suggested we set up the tri-pod for my phone so we could take a video of us cheers-ing with the sunset. We started recording, did our cheers, and then Bryan started talking about how much he loved the coast and asked if we could always come back. I said, “Of course.” The next thing I knew, he had a ring in his hand and was asking me to marry him.
I always wondered what that moment was going to be like. It was the best moment of my life, and it was the strangest moment of my life. You want to keep that moment with you forever, so the second he asked, my mind was already trying to replay it. Luckily, I get to replay it as many times as I want. I am so grateful Bryan thought to film the moment.
Oh…and I said yes!
The next day, we drove to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and everything about it felt like a celebration. Everything since has felt like a celebration. I am so happy I get to continue this celebration with Bryan for the rest of our lives.