We are so excited to be working with this couple, and we wanted to share their engagement story with you!
I awoke to a screaming alarm at 5:00 am one glorious Friday morning (of course it did not seem so glorious at the time). Dazed and confused as to how I could have made such a horrid alarm mistake I looked up to see Travis directing me to the night stand where a card sat. I opened the card to find a Monkey laughing at me saying "Do you know what today is? Me neither!" Luckily Travis had gone on to write that he knew exactly what the day had in store and to begin it all....a scavenger hunt! I know what you're all thinking...how could she not know at this point, right? The answer to that is, I have been siked out many a time which led to me to think this early morning scavenger hunt would be nothing more than a sunrise fun time. I slugged out of bed, put on clothes and away we went. Many a minute later we arrived at the bridge leading to Roosevelt Island in the Potomac. With not a soul around, we made our way to the middle of the bridge where Travis yammered on about meaningless jibber jab and continued to ask me the time (apparently the sun was rising at 5:37 that day). As time neared his jibber jab changed to the most amazingly sweet words at which point I realized "Oh lordy this is it...or if this is not it and he gives me a high five after all this I'm going to be verrrrry not happy." Travis pulled away from the banister and announced "So without further ado...will you do me the honor of being my wife?" Later I was told that I said yes...grabbed the ring...and exclaimed a happy "Hootie Hoo!" IT WAS PERFECT!
The night before the engagement morning I tried every excuse to get Brooke to head to bed early as I knew we were getting up at 5:00am. You look tired, don't you want to catch up on your sleep, need some you time? Nothing worked so of course I didn't get to reset the 4 alarms until 12:30am. 1:05am rolls around and Brooke heads to the restroom. I have no idea why, but instead of going back to sleep Brooke decided to, for the 3rd time, make sure her alarm was set. "Why did I set my alarm for 5:00am instead of 7:30? Oh, your fingers must of hit the wrong buttons. Good thing you caught that.". After that exchange I was forced to wait up until around 2:15 when Brooke was fast asleep again. I went and got changed for the morning, put the card with the scavenger hunt instructions on her night stand and prepared myself for a short nap. BAM the alarms go off. I calmly hop out of bed and put my shoes on. Brooke, who is completely caught off guard and weary eyed, looks at me and asks why 4 alarms are sounding. I told her to look on her night stand while I go wash my face. I come back in and she is slightly confused as to why she is reading a riddle inside a monkey card but slowly she begins to follow the instructions. As we make our way through Arlington and towards DC, Brooke still has yet to fully comprehend the riddle. We make our way to one of our favorite places to city hike, Roosevelt Island to find a serene and fog covered Potomoc. Stopping on the bridge that leads to the Island I begin small talk while occasionaly asking for the time (goal is 5:37). Finally the 6 turned to 7 and the sun peaked over the trees. A few words to get her attention followed by the most amazing, perfectly executed backwards lunge in the history of all calisthenics, she said, "I do".
Special thanks to Ashley Van Tromp for the photos!
We love this couple, and can't wait for the wedding day! ❤ the As You Wish team