Sarah and Jeff's Hiking Proposal
how we met
Jeff and I were set up by mutual friends. Although I was not pleased about being blind sided an hour before the group dinner where we were supposed to meet for the first time, I still went in with an open mind. The only problem was that I had invited another guy to the concert we were all supposed to go to after dinner! Jeff was a great sport and hung around. After the concert I ditched the other guy, (nicely of course), and asked Jeff for his number before we parted ways. I asked him out a week later and we met at a local brewery for our first real date. If was then I found out that he had only been single for a month and told him I was not interested in being his rebound. He didn’t listen to me and made it clear he was going to stick around until I was ready to give him a chance. I’m sure glad he did because we’ve been together ever since.
how they asked
We were engaged a little over a year after we first met. Jeff actually proposed at the Eno River as well, where Erica took our engagement photos. We went for a hike with our Bernese Mountain Dog Zoey and packed a lunch to eat on the river. I was a little exhausted from our adventures the night before, (country concert!), but it was THE perfect day.
It was June 6th, one of the last more enjoyable days of the summer before the heat really kicked in in North Carolina. I didn’t suspect anything of his big backpack, where is was hiding the ring, since we brought lunch and lots of water for the day. He knelt beside me, but since I was sitting on the ground I didn’t really notice his proposal had started! He started to say nice things but I didn’t think much of it and replied back with, “aw yes, thanks, you too…”. It wasn’t until he said, “I need to ask you an important question”, that I noticed his hand behind his back. I immediately started crying.
It was perfect, we were alone with our dog on the river on the most beautiful day. I attached a few selfies we took on the river that day and one that night celebrating with friends, but there wasn’t a professional photographer there.