Sara and John

How We Met: I met Sara my senior year at Rochester Institute of Technology through our mutual friend, Lauren, who we’ve both known for a long time. We met for the first time at a friend’s party and Sara got nervous and ran off. I got in touch with her on Facebook that night and invited her out on a date to the zoo, knowing how much she loved penguins.

Luckily, she accepted and, as promised, I took her to see the penguins later that week. A few dates later, after an acapella concert and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory, I asked her to be my girlfriend. The rest is history!

first date

how they asked: As told by John: When I knew the time to propose was right I knew I needed to find a unique and special way to make it memorable. I reflected on the things Sara enjoyed most which included card games and her family.

One of our favorite card games, Apples to Apples, seemed to fit the bill nicely. For anyone unfamiliar, the game is based on matching your noun (red) card with the judge’s adjective (green) card.  I made custom cards that each had a word of the question “Sara, will you marry me?”.


The morning of the proposal I asked the permission of her Mother and Father.  That night, I secretly distributed the cards to her family before the game. When it was Sara’s turn to be the judge her family all put in the “Sara, will you marry me?” cards.

first time in ct

As the judge, she started reading them one-by-one.  By the time she had flipped them all over, I was down on one knee with the ring box in my hand.  I then asked the most beautiful person I have ever known to spend the rest of my life with me and she said YES!

As told by Sara: John and I were home visiting engagedmy family for the holidays. On Sunday night, we all sat down around the dining room table to play a game of Apples to Apples. That’s how most nights with my family start, so I didn’t think much of it – I especially

didn’t think that they were in on it. When it was my turn to judge, my parents, John, my sister, and her boyfriend each threw in a red card for me to read. I shuffled the cards and began flipping them over one at a time.

It took me until about the third card to realize that he was proposing! I put the cards in the right order and turned to John, who was already on one knee. I immediately started crying. He opened the ring box, told me how much he loved me, told me that he couldn’t live without me, and then asked me to marry him. I said yes without hesitation and he put the ring on my finger. We cracked open a bottle of wine and called everyone we know. We can’t wait to start our lives together!