In July of 2014, Sarah and EJ met online. They planned their first date in Washington, D.C. at District of Pi. The two shared a deep dish pizza and amazing conversation. It went so well, they followed up dinner with drinks at a local bar. The next day they went on their second date to see a movie. The following day, they’d go on their third date which included hiking and rock climbing. Needless to say, there was an instant connection and the pair admit they really enjoyed getting to know one another.
On the third date, Sarah and EJ were hiking through Billy Goat Trail. They approached a set of rocks that went out into the water. The two made a bet that whoever could get out the farthest would win the object of their choice. EJ won and he chose their first kiss. <3
As things progressed between EJ and Sarah, the imminent question of their relationship status came to light. EJ asked Sarah to officially be his girlfriend after a night out together. Sarah held her response for a solid week, knowing it caused EJ to squirm a little. She would eventually say yes a few days later at the top of a ferris wheel at the Maryland State Fair.
EJ and Sarah travel to New York City often. Last year, they decided to plan their trip around Christmas so as to experience the decorations and lights. On the first night in NYC, the pair set off to explore the holiday charm around Rockefeller Center. The next morning, Sarah planned to be up early to scoop up Broadway tickets at the TKTS booth before they went to brunch.
Sarah awoke in the morning ready to carry out her morning plan. EJ, on the other hand, pushed back. He was insistent on having brunch near Central Park, first. Sarah knew that would mean being late for the TKTS booth opening, but EJ was persistent and so she agreed to follow suit. They had brunch at The Smith and afterward, EJ would suggest a walk through the park to show Sarah the view. She had seen this before, and thus, became slightly suspicious.
As the two walked through the park, they approached more decor to behold and small market set-ups. Sarah wanted to stop and browse, but EJ rushed her along. As they approached the Gapstow Bridge, Sarah asked a friendly lady nearby to take their photo. EJ would propose in this very spot. Little did Sarah know that the woman she asked to their their photo was actually a hired photographer. She had been there, waiting in the cold, for nearly an hour as they made their way to the bridge. Friends and family had hired someone to be there to capture their moment, making it possible for them to later experience it as well!