Michael and I were in separate cohorts during our graduate programs at Slippery Rock University and our friendship started to bloom at a conference in Gettysburg. I heard a rumor that Michael had brought tequila to the conference and they both bonded quickly over our shared love of tequila. Later that evening during a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield, we also bonded over a love for shenanigans and climbing things when Michael gave me a boost onto a monument and also climbed up himself. Our mutual interests in tequila, climbing on things, and fun photoshoots built the foundation for a fantastic friendship and we eventually fell in love and lived happily ever after with our cat Juno!
Michael and I were planning to go to Pittsburgh to watch a Penguins game when Michael suggested that we put a love lock on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. I placed the lock on the bridge and when I turned around, Michael was on one knee and proposing.
I pretty much blacked out at that moment from all of the happiness but Michael confirms that I did indeed say, “yes!”. Michael also surprised me by coordinating with my friend to have a photographer there to take photos of the proposal. After all, the excitement calmed down and we took a bunch of pictures, we threw the lock’s keys into the river forever sealing our love!
Proposal Featured on How They Asked
Photographer: Nick Koehler Photography
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