Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
We met in Boston near the end of undergrad through OKCupid. Our first date was in Harvard Square where we sat and talked for hours.
What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique?
We are each other’s best friend and love the little and big moments we share together; either binge-watching The Good Place on the couch, exploring a new city, or trying a new baking recipe together. We love spending time together and know what the other one is thinking or feeling before they say it.
How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship? (these may often be the same moment, but aren’t always)
For Kevin, the first time that he remembers knowing that Doug is special when we shared a sunset picnic on the Charles River. I (Kevin) had brought roasted root vegetables that were truly just OK, but Doug loved them. It made me feel appreciated and loved in a new way and made me realize how special Doug is.For Doug, it was the first time he spent time with Kevin and his family. It was an unexpected meeting (one of Kevin’s sisters was coming to visit, and his parents came along as a surprise), and I (Doug) remember seeing how strong of a relationship Kevin had with his family and how comfortable and relaxed he made me feel with them.
Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
Lol, so the first planned proposal did not pan out. It had been decided for a while that Doug would initiate the proposal, that we would each have rings to give the other, and propose to each other at the same time. Originally, Doug planned a beautiful Sunday picnic complete with champagne, cheese, crackers, and the photographer. Unfortunately, when we went to pick up the rings the day before, Doug’s ring was completely wrong (we had our rings customized from the retailer but the design was way off). So instead of ending a nice picnic with an engagement, we just had a nice picnic. This turned out to be a relief, since we were in a public park on a warm Easter Sunday, and it was overcrowded. Eventually, the rings were corrected and Doug came up with an even better (and private) proposal. The bulk of our relationship was built in the same apartment in Baltimore and one afternoon, Doug placed a note on the kitchen table for Kevin. Even though it took Kevin a while to figure out what was happening, he eventually read the last line of the note and Doug got on one knee. After Kevin said yes, Doug reached into his other pocket to give Kevin the ring to give to him. Kevin then got on one knee and proposed to Doug. We both said yes, cried a lot, composed ourselves and told our family before sharing the news widely.
We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!
We have similar, but not matching, engagement bands. Both are two-toned with a rose gold center flanked with white gold. On Kevin’s ring the rose gold has a textured finish and the white gold has a milgrain pattern on the outside. On Doug’s ring the rose gold has a satin finish and the white gold has a high polish.
Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?
Planning is underway! We will be getting married near Doug’s hometown in Massachusetts in June 2020. Weather permitting, it will be an outdoor wedding. One of the most exciting parts of the preparation is that Kevin is knitting our chuppah (the wedding canopy under which a couple stands during a Jewish wedding). He’s making good progress and we are excited to stand under it together and keep it as an heirloom for years to come.
Other Location: Baltimore Inner Harbor
Other Location: Baltimore- Federal Hill
Photographer: Sarandon Mara Photography