Most of all, I remember... It was just before Christmas and Roy had planned a trip to celebrate the end of another year of law school for me. I had left the planning and destination up to him because I was busy studying. When Roy told me, “we are going back to D.C.,” I thought I knew he was going to propose. Washington, D.C. is a special place to us. It’s where we met and fell in love. After college at UT in Austin, I took a chance and moved to D.C. to work on Capitol Hill. Roy was born and raised in Austin, but decided on Ole Miss for college before moving to D.C. to work on Capitol Hill…where we met as coworkers in the same office.
Roy fueled my suspicions about a proposal when he told me that he had something “special" planned for Saturday night that he thought I would really like. I was nervous and excited to see what he had planned, but he seemed completely at ease. We took a cab downtown near the Capitol and he told me that the surprise was just around the corner. The surprise was…he would sit through the musical “Les Miserables” at the theater! I was having such a great time at the show and I let any expectations of a proposal go. I was happy to be in a city I love with the man I love. I thought the almost perfect night was over when Roy suggested we go to the Christmas tree in front of the Capitol to take a picture – a tradition we had carried out during our two years there together. When we arrived, the lights had already been turned off for the night. When we turned to find a cab to leave, Roy grabbed my hand. He looked a little defeated and said, "I'm sorry the lights are already off." And that's when he proposed. Not exactly as he had planned, but it was perfect to me anyway.