how we met
The funny thing about our story is that Mike and I both grew up in Nashua, N.H., and attended the same high school but never knew each other. He was actually in the same graduating class as my older brother. We ended up meeting at a Kentucky Derby fundraiser that Mike’s rotary club hosted in May 2014. He told me I was beautiful and asked me to help him with the 50/50 raffle. Naturally, I thought he was single and this would be the beginning of our relationship but in reality he was ending a long-term relationship. As a result, we didn’t begin talking until October 2014, when we went on our first date. It was great and by the second date I knew there was long-term potential. He told me about three months later that he wanted to be with me forever and it went from there. Our relationship progressed quickly; we moved in together in October 2015 and ended up engaged in July 2016.
how they asked
Mike planned an amazingly thoughtful proposal designed around the infinity symbol. He had given me a Pandora bracelet with the infinity symbol on it for our 1-year dating anniversary in October 2015, and he had placed it on a piece of art that he gave me for Christmas, but other than that, it had not been symbolic in our relationship so I never expected it to be such an instrumental part of the proposal. He rented an Infiniti SUV but told me it was a loaner car because his truck needed work, and bought Infinity cologne and showed it to me (of course I didn’t pick up on it at the time). We had planned a trip to Portland, which was my first time there, and we saw the Avett Brothers at Thompson’s Point on July 4.
To my knowledge, on July 5, we woke up with no plan, just strolling around Portland and considering spending the day at the beach. Mike casually suggested going to the Inn by the Sea as he said friends recommended it for cocktails and then a day at the beach. Little did I know that he planned to propose there. We ended up there for lunch, lawn games, and then an afternoon at the beach. I thought we had to be home by late afternoon to let our dogs out, but unbeknownst to me, Mike had also already taken care of that. I had actually texted our neighbor and friend who ended up shooting our proposal to ask if she could let our dogs out and she told me that would be no problem because she would be home all day. If I had any inclination something was happening, this completely threw me off.
Traffic on the highway forced him to stall for an hour or so, he started suggesting that we take a walk to the rocks about a mile and a half from where we were sitting on the beach. I was confused because he told me we had dinner reservations at 6:30, but it was 6:10 and he was showing no signs of heading back to the inn. Fast forward to 6:49 and he was still not concerned about making the reservation, which is not in his character at all. I was incredibly confused at this point, especially after we arrived at the place we should have turned to head to the restaurant, and he told me he wanted to look for a white, flat rock that we could write on and bring home. He is definitely a romantic, but this was still unusual behavior for him. I went along with it for awhile until suggesting that we head home and grab something to eat on the way. He agreed but at the last moment said we would walk down the beach in the opposite direction, and I became further confused. We walked for about three minutes until we came upon an infinity symbol drawn in the sand and in that moment I knew something special was happening and was incredibly surprised.
The details became fuzzy in that moment but I remember Mike getting down on one knee inside of the symbol and asking me to marry him. Shortly after, he told me that Haley was right behind us taking our picture and I immediately turned around in excitement.
We took photos and then headed to our room, which was another complete surprise to me. We entered the suite and the hotel had provided champagne and a cheese board, complete with crackers intricately cut into the shape of infinity symbols.
The ring was also custom-made and the band was shaped to resemble the infinity symbol which was so special to me. The last and most wonderful surprise was a simple note left on the bed from Mike telling me that he loves me and looks forward to spending the rest of his life with me. His random love notes have always been something extremely special to me in our relationship, so I loved finding one in that moment. Overall it was an amazing thoughtful proposal and I feel so excited and fortunate to be marrying him!