HOW WE MET
It cannot be said exactly when we met for the first time. We grew up in the same town, received a majority of our education from the same school system, and were familiar with one another’s families, surely we must have been formerly introduced at some point during our childhood. While the very first introduction cannot be recalled, the chain of events that led to our engagement is lucid. Thanks to two tonsillectomies, the playing of cupid by my mother, and the advent of social media, we somehow managed to cross paths and have been inseparable ever since.
In June of 2012, James had his tonsils removed. At the time, both our mother’s were volunteering at a local charity shop in town. One day while working at the shop, the two mothers had a conversation focused on James’s surgery and agonizing condition. My mother later shared this conversation with me, suggesting that I reach out to “check in on James” as I could relate to his current state of discomfort (I had my tonsils removed a few years prior). Since I hadn’t seen James in years, this seemed like an absurd and completely random proposition. Yet within weeks of this momentous exchange, I ended up mustering the courage to reach out to James via Facebook, igniting a string of conversations, which quickly evolved into him asking me out on a date.
The nervousness shared between the two of us melted away as soon as I opened the door to James picking me up for our first date. We made our way to a local bar and got to know each other over cocktails. What was supposed to be a short date for a couple drinks turned into a full evening of conversation, laughs, and falling in love.
Almost immediately after our first encounter, a marathon of dates ensued. We could not get enough of one another. Staying in and watching movies, dining at our favorite restaurants, or spending time at the Connecticut shore – it didn’t matter. Being with James made me happier than I ever thought possible. For the first time in my life, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.
The love between us was natural, it happened and it happened fast. James told me he loved me one morning while down at the Daddario family beach house in Groton Long Point, CT. A year and a half later, he perfectly planned our proposal for the same location.
Groton Long Point (GLP) is small New England beach town situated on a peninsula between Groton and Mystic. The waterfront community is lined with stunning homes, sandy beaches and breathtaking water views in every direction – it exudes the idyllic charm of coastal living. We have spent many mornings and evenings sitting outside and enjoying views of the ocean, surrounding islands, and of course, the infamous East Shore Dock – located directly in front of the house jutting far out into Fisher’s Island Sound.
Always eager to spend time at the shore, James suggested that we head down to the beach in early April. It was still brisk outside, but we were looking forward to a relaxing weekend at a place that had become such an important part of our relationship. On Sunday morning, we decided to grab lunch at a local seafood restaurant. After enjoying a couple of lobster rolls, we headed back to the house and decided to go for a stroll. James suggested that we start our walk by heading to East Shore Dock for the first time that season. We walked across the street and to the very end and of the dock, taking a seat on a wooden bench overlooking the water. We were enjoying the scenic view, when James suddenly dropped to one knee and began to profess his love to me. Before I could realize what was happening, he pulled out a diamond ring and asked me to marry him! Without any hesitation, I gave James the biggest hug and kiss, followed by a very enthusiastic YES!!!
Here are some photos taken at and around the location we got engaged. Throughout our relationship, we have shared many special moments here – our engagement being the most memorable. Groton Long Point has become, without a doubt, one of my favorite places in the world.
Keep scrolling to see our nautical engagement photos!