We met in 2010 on Okcupid.com. Bill messaged Margaret first, they emailed back and forth a bit, and then met in person at Thornton Place over dinner and a movie (sushi and Inception). They dated casually for three months before Bill called it quits. They didn’t talk for about 10 months. Both dated other people in the interim. In the summer, Margaret was back to online dating and wondered what Bill was up to, so she emailed him. They met for drinks and sparks flew initially, but both got cold feet, and Margaret decided to date one of the Eharmony guys. Once that fizzled out, she contacted Bill AGAIN, they met up, decided to date exclusively, and the rest is history! That was in November 2011.
Fast forward to spring 2012. They are talking marriage but not totally sure. Margaret suggests Green Lake Jewelry Works as a possible place to get a ring. Bill checks it out and is really impressed, so they start designing their dream ring. Bill wants to pop the question before they get the actual ring, so as not to ruin the surprise! So he plans an all-day date the first Saturday in August and is very secretive about the whole thing. Obviously Margaret is suspicious something’s up, but doesn’t want to get her hopes up. Bill makes Margaret brunch at her apartment downtown. He hails and Uber cab from his phone, which takes them to the Pacific Science Center to go to the Mummies exhibit. Afterwards they grab lunch at Lola. Then they go to the matinee of Rent at the 5th Ave. Finally they are walking down to the Great Wheel at about 5pm. They wait in line and get in a gondola with two other couples. Margaret thinks, “No way he’s going to propose in front of these other people!” Bill passes his camera to the gal sitting across and asks her to snap a picture. Then he turns to Margaret, pulls out the ring, gets on his knee, and proposes! Margaret is shocked but says “Yes of course!” Afterwards they head to Seraphina on Eastlake for a romantic dinner, and the rest is history!