Sarah and Dan

How We Met

It was January 2013. I had just returned back to campus from Christmas Break for my second semester of freshman year at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Coming back had been an adjustment and I spent most of my time in my dorm room. One Saturday morning, a good friend of mine begged me to come, hang out with her and the guy she was seeing at the time in his dorm room. I wasn’t super excited but I decided to go reluctantly. So reluctantly, in fact, that I grabbed whatever clothes I could find on my dorm room floor — an Alabama football jersey and leggings — and headed up to his dorm. When I got there, I was surprised to see not just my two friends but a third person — an extremely handsome boy with the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. Immediately, this stranger, who I learned was named Dan, made a snarky comment about my jersey and I learned he was from a small town about 25 minutes away from where I was from. We spent the day together, laughing and getting to know each other. After a few weeks of talking and us both pretending that we didn’t have feelings for each other, our friends forced us to face our feelings. On March 6th of 2013, Dan took me on our first official date on Newbury Street in Boston and asked me to be his girlfriend.

How They Asked

On December 23rd, 2018, Dan asked me to go to dinner with him to celebrate the upcoming holiday — just the two of us. We both come from big families and he wanted to spend time together before the chaos started. Wanting to surprise me, he refused to tell me where we were going to dinner. As we pulled up, I realized that we were just outside the restaurant on Newbury St., where he and I had lunch the day he asked me to be his girlfriend. After a nice dinner, Dan suggested we walk to the Boston Public Gardens to see the Christmas lights. When we entered the Gardens, Dan led me towards a bridge that looks over where the Swan Boats are in the summertime. The bridge was covered in lights and as we walked up to it, I noticed his parents and mine walking towards me. Immediately, I started to cry as I realized what was happening. As Dan got down on one knee, he told me that it was 30 years to the day that his parents got engaged just a ways away on the Boston Common.

Sarah and Dan's Engagement in Boston Public Gardens

We decided to head to our favorite restaurant to celebrate with our parents, bummed that our siblings, who we are incredibly close with, wouldn’t be able to join us. As we walked into the restaurant, I noticed my twin sister and Dan’s brothers and sister sitting at a table, waiting to surprise us. It was the most perfect way to celebrate the perfect night.