Phoebe and Nick

How We Met

Nick and I had been together since we were teenagers. We talked about marriage openly very early on in our relationship, but we have careers that are very important to us in a competitive field.

How They Asked

We very rarely have the opportunity to take vacations, but we make sure to sneak away to Lake Placid, NY every year for a long weekend. It’s the most serene, beautiful place. I was looking forward to our weekend away so much, I couldn’t focus on anything! Nick was obsessing about the weather and I didn’t know why, and he kept trying to get me to buy new hiking clothes. I didn’t want to spend the money and didn’t care if it was raining or cloudy; I just wanted to relax by the lake with him! We woke up early on Saturday to hike one of our favorite mountains, Mount Jo, because it’s a relatively easy hike for a fantastic view. The sun ended up coming out and it got HOT quickly, I suggested we don’t go to the summit and Nick got angry about that, insisting that we had to finish the hike. I was ahead of him on the trail and joked, “Why? It’s not like you’re going to propose at the top!” Boy, was I wrong! We reached the summit and chatted with some other hikers. I took out my Polaroid camera to take some pictures and when it was just the two of us, Nick said he wanted to take a photo of me looking out at the view. I thought, how considerate!

He knows I only wanted the Instagram photo. When I turned around, there he was on one knee with the ring of my dreams. I could not BELIEVE it! I felt like I stood there for an hour just staring at him with my jaw on the floor. I don’t even remember what he said, just that his voice was shaking and I faintly heard, “Will you marry me?” I always told him the only thing I wanted was to be completely 100% surprised…and he achieved that! Another couple arrived shortly after and took some pictures for us. It was such a special moment and I still can’t believe it!