How we met: Memorial day weekend 2007, the summer before we attended Seton Hall University, we both ended up in Point Pleasant. Brian was there with his friend James for prom weekend, and I was spending the weekend at my friend Krissi’s shore house. We met at Dippin Dots on the boardwalk, when I saw him wearing a Seton Hall sweater and obnoxiously told him “I’m going there in the fall!”. We walked along the boardwalk chatting until we reached the aquarium. It was interesting because I had lost my voice, and so we kept making jokes about how I sounded like a man, and I swore that he would have to hang out with me again to make sure that I didn’t sound like this the whole time! It goes without saying that we kept in touch all summer long, and also through our first year at Seton Hall. We started dating on April 15, 2008, and spent the next six+ years together and (cliche – “aww”) falling in love.
how they asked: February 9, 2014, we planned to have lunch at one our favorite ‘hole in the wall’ spots down in Point Pleasant. We’d been there plenty of times, so it wasn’t weird (at least not to me because apparently I’m really gullible) that we were driving down to where we first met in the middle of the wintertime. Brian drove, and went right past the restaurant, claiming he wasn’t hungry yet. He said we should go check out the penguins at the aquarium for a little while, and of course I agreed! (If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with Penguins, so any opportunity to see them is a no-brainer!) Parking a little ways away, Brian made sure that we had to walk on the boardwalk to get there.
As we were walking, Brian pointed out at the sand and said to look out there. I noticed written down in the sand the words “Will U Marry Me?”
I turned around, completely shocked, to find Brian down on one knee with the ring in his hand. Words cannot express how surprised and how HAPPY I was. I, obviously jumped up and down with excitement.
When he stood up, I asked if he had my father’s blessing, and he responded “Of course! Did you say yes?”, and I jumped into his arms saying “Absolutely!” It was an amazing moment.
Brian had planned out the entire thing, including hiring a photographer and videographer to capture the amazing moment!
He even conspired with both of our families to meet us at a restaurant in Red Bank for a joint family dinner right after! I had no idea all of the elaborate plans he had put in motion, and was completely blown away by both his secrecy, as well as my families, and by how perfect the day was. It was by far the best day of my life, and I’m so excited to marry the love of my life!
Photos by Jessica Erb