Dana and Ben first met at a mutual friend’s rooftop party in DC in 2017. Ben caught Dana’s eye as the only new face among her UVA friends, and they quickly started making each other laugh. They got along easily and made plans for a romantic first date: indoor rock climbing and buffalo wild wings! The date was a huge success. It was followed by a slightly fancier second date at Artechouse gallery and dinner at China Chilcano, and they’ve been together ever since. In the 5 years since meeting, Ben and Dana have done a lot: from dating “long-distance” from Baltimore and DC for a year, crashing their friend’s honeymoon, hiking Mount Katahdin in Maine, picnicking at the National Arboretum in DC, skiing with their friends, running half marathons in Vegas (or in Ben’s case cheering from the sidelines), traveling to London and Germany together, and much more! In January 2022, they went for a walk along the reflecting pool on the national mall heading to Artechouse gallery once again, and Ben proposed as the sun was setting. Dana yelled “are you serious!?” followed by a big yes! They capped off the night with dinner at China Chilcano, where Sharon, Bruce, Kathrin and Sebastian were waiting to celebrate with them. We’re so excited to celebrate our next chapter with all of you as we make this thing official in one of our favorite spots in DC, the National Arboretum!