Tarryn and Rich

How We Met

Rich and I met in college, our fraternity and sororities were very close friends. Although we were always in the same group of friends we didn’t start talking until my last year of college. It was when we were on Spring Break together in Florida. One day after the beach we were walking back to the hotel and I had forgotten my flip flops. (the sidewalk was extremely hot). He literally gave me the flip-flops off his feet for me to wear on the walk home. And I couldn’t think but, wow what a nice guy, and that’s how it all began.

How They Asked

We were going to meet our friends in Red Bank for dinner for a night out and to celebrate the start of the holiday season. The town is always decorated so festive for the holidays, and I just LOVE Christmas time there. When we arrived, Rich let me know that our friends were running late and they wouldn’t make it in time to walk around before our reservation. So we decided to walk around and experience the Christmas lit town by ourselves. 5 minutes into our walk it began to rain… I instantly wanted to go inside somewhere.

But as we were walking we saw people taking a horse and carriage ride. The carriage had stopped to let the passengers off, and we walked over so I could get a closer look and meet the horse. I started talking to the guy running the horse and carriage rides and asked him if I could pet the horse. He said, of course, her name is Misty. As I was petting Misty, I turned around to show Rich my excitement, and there he was on one knee with a ring in his hands, asking me to marry him.

I instantly started crying and was overwhelmed with happiness and of course, said YES! The next thing I knew there was a photographer already planned to be there to catch the entire moment on camera. And the guy running the horse and carriage ride was also in on the entire plan and was ready to take us on our ride around the town after the incredible moment.

It was truly our own magical Christmas love story.

Special Thanks

Mike Schwartz
 | Photographer