We met before classes had even started our freshman year at Virginia Tech. We were both in the same science program and spent nearly every day together during our first semester, quickly becoming close friends. After both of us wanting more out of the friendship at various points over freshman year, we decided to finally start dating that summer. Both of us graduated from Virginia Tech and continued our relationship as we went long distance during PA school and medical school. We now live together in Norfolk, VA and cannot wait for what lies ahead.
We had many conversations about when to get engaged, especially nearing the end of med school for Brody and after Zoë had moved in since graduating PA school. Brody had made the not-so-mysterious decision to tell Zoë that they would be engaged in late summer to fall of 2021. Luckily, she forgot about that and actually thought Brody had said much later. When we originally planned a trip to Maui towards the end of the summer, she had no idea. The photographer was booked, dinner reservations made, and a plan was set. However, COVID forced a change in plans just weeks before our trip. Hawaii would've been wonderful but Cabo was absolutely perfect. Brody found the Marquis Los Cabos which practically did all the work for him. Zoë had seen one of her friends' photoshoots in Cabo and wanted to do something similar if we could. Little did she know, a photoshoot ending with a proposal at the beach had already been arranged the evening of our third day in Cabo. Zoë survived the first two days of all-day sun relaxing by the pool and Brody appreciated the mellow atmosphere to calm his anxiety. The third evening arrived and everything had gone perfectly. Zoë looked absolutely stunning in her "I hope it doesn't look too wedding-like" dress and we met the photographer after some tequila at the hotel bar. Soon we reached the beach and the photographer asked Zoë to turn around while Brody got on one knee. Zoë was completely surprised by the timing of the proposal, Brody forgot his speech in awe of the moment, and the ring was on her finger before the question was formally asked. We celebrated with a champagne dinner at the penthouse suite overlooking the beach and ocean. We would say it was the best food of the trip but on our final day we visited Flora Farms and fell in love with absolutely everything. We toured it as our first potential venue and nothing matched it after. We're excited to share it with you all!