Jenny and Leland met at Williams College in the fall of 2007 when they were both on the crew team, although they didn't start becoming really close until the winter/spring of 2008.
The proposal: We were on Nantucket the first weekend of November and rented a Jeep to drive up the island to Great Point. We got out of the car up by the Wauwinet because we couldn't find the place where you put air back in your tires (you have to let some air out of your tires if you want to drive on the beach, which we did, but didn't want to be stuck with deflated tires trying to drive on the roads back into town!). So we started walking along the side roads and then up over the dune and on to the beach. I knew something was up because Leland HATES sand. We walked for a long while along the beach as I continued to ask Leland "we don't have to walk this far," "it's fine, I've seen enough ocean," "you know however far we walk, we have to turn around and walk back," "are you feeling ok?". Finally we stopped to just look at the ocean and Leland hugged me and kissed me and was acting all weird, and then I looked and he was down on one knee, unzipped the chest pocket of his fleece, whipped out a ring, and asked me to marry him. Ever the picture of grace, I believe my reaction was actually "oh my god, oh my f-ing god, holy [expletive]" - and then I said yes.