How long did you date before you got engaged?
What was the date you got engaged?
August 16, 2020
When did you know that they were the one?
M- Immediately! That’s not totally true, but we did click immediately. We bantered well together and enjoyed a lot of the same things. For our first date, Tony intentionally prolonged it out for hours by suggesting new activities we could do. We had such a good time that we set up our second date two days later. If I had to pinpoint on our timeline when I knew for sure that he was the one, I’d say it was when we started spending holidays together; i Just felt like part of the family. In that same respect, Tony just meshed so well with my family that it seemed like he was meant to be there.
T: During my cousins wedding in July 2018. Before that day, she had yet to meet anybody in my family, including my parents! We had so much fun at this grandiose wedding in NYC, and she got along amazingly well with my entire extended family.
Tell us about the proposal. Please be as descriptive as possible.
M- Tony and I had bought our first house together in Wilbraham, after spending 2 years in Boston. We were so happy to be back in the area near our family and friends, so we planned to have a small housewarming. We were grilling and drinking, and everyone was just enjoying the company of one another. It was actually the first time Tony’s family was meeting my family. After many hours of socializing, Tony wanted everyone to gather for a group photo. Before the photo was taken, Tony began to give a little speech expressing our appreciation for everyone taking the time to be with us, and for just being in our lives in general. He seemed so nervous and jumpy, he even took a shot that was out of character. I didn’t understand why until his speech quickly turned into a proposal. He said “Megan can you join me up here?” and before I knew it, he was down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was the easiest ‘yes!’ of my life. Everyone cheered, and I just tried to wrap my mind around what had just happened.
T: In the summer of 2020, we bought a house together in Western Mass, reuniting us with our families who live in the area (prior to this, we were renting an apartment in Boston). We decided to throw a small outdoor housewarming party with our families. On the day of the party, we were both anxious and nervous, wanting everyone to have a good time at our new home, wanting everyone to stay safe regarding Covid, and the general anxiety of making a large amount of food without messing it up. I, however, had the added anxiety of knowing I was going to propose in front of 20 of our family members. I planned on proposing right after lunch and before dessert. When the time came, I whisper to my sister (who knew the plan) that I was really nervous, so we took a shot of tequila together so I can calm my nerves a bit. After we finished eating our wood-pellet smoked burgers, which came out amazing, I gathered everyone in the backyard, saying I wanted to take a group photo of everyone. I started a quick speech about how much it meant to us that everyone was here to celebrate our moment of taking the next step and buying a house together. I then segue that into the proposal, to everyone’s shock!
What was your immediate thought/reaction when he or she asked for your hand in marriage?
M- YES! but also, how did he plan all of this in a pandemic? Everything in Boston was shut down, we were spending 24 hours together in quarantine. Like when did he find the time? I’ve known I wanted to marry Tony for so long. There was never a doubt that we were meant for one another. But even knowing that, I was completely shocked at the timing, the thoughtfulness, and just the pluck he showed to ask me in front of everyone we love most.
What was the most memorable part of the proposal?
M- During the proposal, when Tony got down on one knee, both of our dogs sat beside him and looked up at me. It was like they were in on it. I’ll also never forget the smile on Tony’s face as he waited for my answer. It was a little different than any other of his smiles I’ve ever seen.
T: Everyone’s reaction and celebratory mood afterward.
Tell us about the ring/band. Please be as descriptive as possible.
M- The ring was custom made at Skylight Jewelers in Boston. Tony knows my style, so he had an idea of what I wanted, but he really chose every aspect of it on his own. The main stone is a unique shape, a cross between an oval and a round gem because he couldn’t decide which I’d like more. The band is lined with tinier diamonds, 7 on each side. It’s the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen and I wouldn’t change a single aspect of it. It even fits perfectly, so it hasn’t left my hand since the proposal.
Why did you choose this particular location for your engagement shoot?
M- Quabbin Reservoir is big, beautiful, and full of foliage. Greg was familiar with this location, so I knew i could trust his vision in a location like this.
T: We wanted something in nature among a big landscape. We were envisioning autumn foliage, rolling hills, and nice vistas.
When’s the wedding?
October 15, 2021 at Merlot on the Water
What about wedding planning are you the most excited.
M- Surprisingly I loved going dress shopping. I was dreading it because I had no idea what I wanted or what would look right on my body. It ended up being a really sweet and intimate time with my mother, future mother in law, and cousin. Everyone loved the same dress and my mom cried, so I knew immediately it was the right choice.
T: Asking my best friends to be in my wedding party
What parts of the wedding day are you looking forward to the most.
M- For the ceremony, I am most looking forward to seeing Tony’s face when I walk down the aisle. I just know we will both be smiling so big, and the thought of leaving the ceremony and walking down the aisle as husband and wife is a feeling I can’t yet imagine. For the reception, I am most looking forward to our first dance together, but also dancing the whole night away and being surrounded by all of our friends and family –so much love.
T: Saying I do, and kissing her for the first time as husband and wife! I’m also looking forward to our first dance together, and in general just celebrating and having fun with all our friends and family.
Now let’s take a look at a few of their Quabbin Reservoir engagement photos.