Last Tuesday we survived a rare earthquake in DC, and this weekend we braced ourselves as Hurricane Irene swept through with high winds and an incessant downpour.

So yesterday, when the sun was shining and the sky was blue, after a necessary afternoon nap, we had to take advantage of the day. Hugh and I ventured out to the batting cages at Woody’s in Reston where I proved to Hugh years ago that I haven’t lost my eye-on-the-ball talents and am not too shabby in the batters’ box.

Hugh showed everyone up in the “very fast” cage while I took blurry pictures of him and fielded compliments from on-lookers on his skill (not kidding).

And then Hugh made fun of me for looking crazy in Woodys’ helmets and complaining that the batting gloves smelled like feet.

I think I was impatiently waiting for someone to get out of my favorite cage, the slow softball pitch (I said I could hit, I didn’t say I wanted a challenge). Look at this professional [blurry] stance:

I got really intense as I started hitting line drives up the [imaginary] left field line.

When we’d both hit twice and I was sufficiently grossed out by Hugh’s batting gloves, we headed back to the car so that we could make it to Manassas in time to have dinner with my parents (and borrow their truck for our move this week!). While I was sitting half inside the car changing out of my sneaks and into my sandals, Hugh suggested that we take a walk to “see what’s in the woods over there.”

Sure, Hugh. Whatever you want to do.

There, we were actually surprised to find grills, picnic tables and this old camp site complete with a triangle for summoning the cowboys to dinner.

And a path leading to who knows where.

And while I was poking around, investigating the area, Hugh said

Well, Lauren.

I turned around to find him on his knee, reaching into his pocket and shock set in as he recited a modified version of the speech he’d prepared (he admitted to having forgotten most of it in the moment, understandably so), which ended with

Will you marry me?

I was in shock, I think I said “oh my gosh, really?!” a few thousand times before Hugh reminded me to answer him.

I of course said, Yes.

Before the whirlwind of calling family and friends began, we spent some time reveling in the excitement and each other, and I asked Hugh a few times if he was sure.

He of course said, Yes.

True to form, before we left I had to take some self-timer photos to commemorate the moment and the spot in the woods behind Woody’s batting cages where we decided to take on a pretty significant adventure together.

We celebrated over a home-cooked dinner and a bottle of champagne with my parents.

It was perfect.

PS: Who wouldn’t want to marry this?!


Posted on August 29, 2011, in 25, Celebrations and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.


  2. ahhh YAY! Congratulations Lauren and Hugh!!! 🙂 (P.S. the ring is beautiful!)

  3. woo hooo!!!! SO exciting! Congrats to you both! ❤

  4. Yayyyy!!!! Congrats Lauren and Hugh!! So happy for the both of you 🙂 (P.S. – Loving the pictures leading up to the BIG moment!)

  5. looooove it!!

  6. Ohhh I love it 🙂 How GREAT! Hugh ROCKS! Surprising Lauren?? The master planner?? 10 points for Hugh! So happy for you guys! The ring is lovely! (Kristen)

  7. Congratulations, Lauren and Hugh. We are absolutely thrilled for both of you. Can’t wait for the honeymoon photos. Er … I mean wedding and reception photos. Love you guys.

  8. We are soooo excited for you! You look so happy!!!!!!! Love you both. Aunt B and Uncle Tim

  9. Love. Love the ring. Love you guys. Can’t wait for the wedding planning to commence! Congratulations!

  10. Michele Eckhardt

    How wonderful!!! So happy for you both, Lauren & Hugh!
    Our heartfelt best wishes to you! xoxo Uncle Shelly, Peyton & Daniel (Dave, too!)
    p.s. well done, Hugh!

  11. Congratulations Lauren and Hugh!!! We are so excited for you both and we are thrilled that
    Woody’s is now and forever a part of your Engagement Story. Please come by the range because we have a wedding gift for you. Thank you for making us a part of your story. May God bless you and your marriage. Staff at Woody’s

  12. This is so wonderful! Congratulations!

  13. I don’t know you AT ALL but I was seriously just so happy with that wonderful surprise. Here’s to your fabulous adventure together. Congrats!

  14. Congrats! I told you before but its worth repeating. I’m so happy for you and Hugh!

  15. Congratulations! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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