Hillary + Brooks | Le Haut Desert Aerie Wedding
How did you two meet?
Tinder! His profile said "just tell me what you've been reading recently"; mine said "combination smartypants/goofball seeks same. Oxford commas NOT optional." We were both grad students at UChicago, so we met at the campus pub for trivia and ended up seeing each other every day for the next week before he left for spring break. We've been pretty inseparable ever since.
Tells us about the proposal.
We had planned to get engaged on a big trip we did in August 2017 after Brooks took the Bar Exam. Our first stop was Malta, and we stayed a few nights at a great B&B on the island of Gozo, which has amazing hiking and snorkeling. Our hosts gave us some insider tips of hidden lagoons to go snorkeling, so we did that on my birthday. In the early evening, we went to where the Azure Window, a natural arch from the cliff into the sea used to be--it had fallen only a few months before. But we were still really into it because it's in the background of the Dothraki wedding in Game of Thrones. We hiked up to the top of the cliff at sunset with a small bottle of TERRIBLE Maltese rosé. A little before sunset, while we were just taking pictures and hanging, Brooks asked what I was thinking. I had been getting really anxious about when the proposal was going to happen, so I just burst out "I wish you would just propose already!". Apparently he had been stalling until the sun actually set so I pre-empted him by literally 5 minutes. He said "well, I was waiting for sunset, but I guess I'll do it now" or something like that. Got down on one knee, and said "Nothing lasts forever, as we can see from the Azure window... but if you agree to marry me, I will love you until my heart stops." And I said yes and started ugly crying. It was magical, especially because there wasn't another soul around.