Joe proposed to Sasha this weekend where their relationship first blossomed, on the beach outside his former apartment in Sea Bright, NJ. According to Sasha, Sea Bright holds a special place in their heart:
After about a year of dating, Joe moved down to Sea Bright, NJ (this tidbit matters) for an eight-month winter rental. He always loved the beach and his apartment was pretty much right on the beach. We fell in love in Sea Bright and with Sea Bright. I began spending 2-3 nights at his apartment and on the weekends we would explore all the different restaurants, take walks at Sandy Hook beach, and dolphin and whale watch on the beach in front of his apartment. It was here that our relationship really flourished and grew into something more serious.
It was Mother’s Day weekend, so Joe suggested that they take a little “nostalgia tour” back to Sea Bright after spending the day with her mom in Asbury. In Sasha’s own words:
Once we got to the beach, it felt like we were living there again and all the memories came flooding back. We were the only ones on the beach with the exception of a woman taking pictures of the beach with her camera. Joe walked me down to the beach and we were going back and forth sharing memories about our time in Sea Bright. I noticed he was leading me to a very specific part of the beach and then he abruptly stopped.
When Sasha realized what was happening, she was totally shocked & surprised!
I really only remember tidbits of what he was saying to me because I was completely overwhelmed and then I noticed the woman who had been snapping pictures of the ocean was actually our proposal photographer. I remember Joe saying that he couldn’t imagine a more meaningful place than Sea Bright to start the next chapter of our lives and that he couldn’t imagine his life without me and that I was the love of his life.
After he got down on one knee, she said yes, then he put the beautiful oval halo engagement ring on her finger!
For years to come, they can come back to this sentimental spot on the beach, outside Apartment 112, and remember that this is where it all began!
Our photographer Lin was just so amazing and lead us through the rest of the shoot. We got so lucky with the weather because it didn’t start full-on raining until we left the beach. We were able to get pictures with the beautiful horizon that had appeared as we were standing there. After our shoot, when we go to the Rum Runner, we walked in and 16 of our closest family members gathered around us to congratulate us. That night after we got home, we took a moment and just embraced it all. We cannot wait to start planning our big day and this new chapter of our lives!
Congratulations, Sasha & Joe!!