How the we met...
We met in the middle of winter. About two years ago, shortly after Sam had moved to Massachusetts for a job in historic preservation with the City of Cambridge. After chatting for about a month, Tiff finally asked Sam out.
Sam: I definitely remember the first time I saw Tiff. It's still so clear in my mind. I was walking in Brattle Square (just south of Harvard Square) toward the café for our first date. I saw this beautiful woman walking down Brattle Street wearing a gray puffy coat, jeans and aviators. I couldn't help but wish that woman was who I was going to be meeting. My heart started beating faster and faster as she walked toward Café Algiers down Brattle Street. I think my heart and stomach did summersaults when she walked up the stairs to the cafe.
Tiff: I first saw Sam when the host at Café Algiers asked if it was a table for two. I turned around to see who she was talking about and there she was, more beautiful than I could have imagined. From the first date, we both knew it was something special.
Sam: I felt like I was floating on cloud 9 for the next few months, unable to believe that Tiff was real. She's really better than I could've dreamt up myself. If you don't know Tiff, she's pretty much the sweetest, kindest person you'd meet. She's incredibly smart and can always make me laugh. She's a great mom to our fur babies and would do anything for them. I love that we can snuggle up with a book, go on an adventure, attempt to cook something delicious, work on a home improvement project, or play guitar and truly enjoy each other's company. I love that she's my best friend. There's just nothing like her. I am beyond tickled to have Tiff as my partner and can't wait to see what our future holds!
Tiff: Ah, the first date. Thinking back I remember feeling so incredibly amazed about what I had found. All my hopes and dreams lit up all at once. There's no way I could truly put into words how I feel about Sam. What's inside her is such a rare find. She brings so much love, light and color to my world. I watch her pour her whole heart into everything she does, every day. It's inspiring to have a woman like her by my side. I feel like we can do anything together. We have already endured several exciting challenges together: the great snowstorms of last winter, the carpenter ant extravaganza, and many more. Each time life tries our patience we truly come out stronger together. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life by her side.
Tiff: I had known for a while that I had wanted to marry her, but I had to do two things first: ask Sam's parents and get a ring. After copious amounts of research, I finally found the one that reflected her personality and ordered it. I had at least 7 weeks (it ended up being 9) to plan how I was going to ask both Sam and her parents. Family is very important to both of us and we look forward to holidays and memories as one big happy family. Once I got the support of Sam's parents, the real planning began.
I started to brainstorm all kinds of crazy ideas but I realized I wanted the proposal to be about us rather than making us famous on YouTube. I had silently asked her at least once a day in my head before the ring finally came in. Once it came in, I knew I didn't want to wait any longer to ask her. I had been checking for openings at our favorite restaurant, Woods Hill Table, for a few days when all of a sudden a last minute reservation opened up. I snagged it. I was so excited I told Sam where we were going for dinner, but she thought I was talking about a different restaurant - so she didn't seem too excited.
When we pulled up in front of Woods Hill Table that evening, she was completely taken by surprise. Meanwhile, the engagement ring was floating around in my pocket. Dinner was lovely - aside from the obnoxious group sitting next to us who were ripping apart Cambridge - queue nerves... I wanted the moment to be perfect. So I figured we'd wait until we were quiet and alone.
After dinner, I suggested we go for a walk. We walked and walked and walked... but the moment still didn't feel right. So I suggested we go for a drive. I'm pretty sure Sam was still clueless. (Sam: I was - we do this frequently after dinner.) So we drove 20 minutes west to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard - with a beautiful view of the hills of the Nashua River Valley and Mt. Wachusett- to watch the sunset. But when we got there, there was a wedding going on - so I had to scrap that plan. Feeling a little defeated, I decided to drive us home, but I hadn't given up yet.
When we got home, I noticed the sun was just beginning to set and the sky looked beautiful, so I suggested we watch the sunset on the front porch. We sat on the front porch and started talking. The moment of courage finally struck, I overcame my nerves and asked Sam to marry me. With tears of joy she said yes and this is where our story begins...
Capturing our engagement photos...
When it came time to arrange our engagement photos, we decided the best way to honor our relationship thus far was to bring it back to Cambridge. If it weren't for Sam's job in Cambridge, she wouldn't be here.
We paid homage to our magical first date in Harvard Square with an equally magical photo shoot around Harvard Square, starting down by the Charles River on the John Weeks Bridge, meandering up DeWolf Street to the Lampoon Building (yes like National Lampoon, it's a Harvard Club), into Harvard Yard, onto the steps of Cafe Algiers, and ending with a warm cup of coffee at Crema Cafe. Our photographer, Siri Jones really helped to capture the love between us.