How We Met
We met… at the gym… over a conversation around the American flag. Both of us were still living in St Augustine. Shane was getting ready to graduate and move away, and Rebecca still had a while left in Physical Therapy school. A long-distance relationship was almost a certainty given the situation. Due to this, neither of us was expecting anything serious to materialize from this new friendship. But then Taco Tuesday. Which led to another date, and then another. And then?COVID-19. Our dates consisted of culinary exploits, socially distanced trips to the beach, garage workouts, and meaningful conversations. Lots of them. Less than a year later, here we are– engaged! And now we are both excited to start this life together as Mr. and Mrs. Tong.
How They Asked
Shane originally planned to propose at a marina where we live here in Tampa. A special place to us, and home to one of our first date rendezvous. Due to its high profile, he thought something more intimate would be better suited. Shane had my brother and sister-in-law stage a “Friendsgiving” the day before Thanksgiving, which was supposed to be a gathering to celebrate the holidays and closing on their new home. I was even told to bring an appetizer and dessert which had me occupied throughout the day (my Pinterest recipe didn’t go to plan). As I am arriving with my food in hand, I am greeted at the door to a floral arrangement in the shape of a heart and flower petals leading me to their lake out back. Shane was there with a perfectly set table and a question on the tip of his tongue. Devon’s photos captured the moment perfectly and of course… I said YES!