FOUR YEARS AGO, I ASKED A GIRL "WANNA MAYBE TRY THAT OUT WITH ME?"
It wasn't the best way of saying what I meant, nor did she fully understand in the moment what I was asking, but in time she would, and in time she would understand that what we had was something special.
Each year, on our anniversary, I do my best to think of something out-of-the-box and unexpected.
THIS YEAR, I DECIDED TO SEND BRI ON A TREASURE HUNT.
STEP 1&2: A CASE AND A RIDE
Every good mystery begins with an unexpected package.
I came across this sweet aged briefcase some time ago, and kept it for just such an occasion.
The insides were stuffed with anything she would need to complete her journey!
After receiving the case, and solving the first clue, Bri was led down a trail that we
regularly take walks on, to a bridge where we always stop and talk. Another clue was placed on top of the bridge.
STEPS 3&4: COFFEE AND LUNCH
The clue on the bridge led Bri to meet her younger sister at Starbucks for coffee, and a subsequent clue (involving a book cypher) brought Bri up to Panera for some hot soup with me! As we finished eating, I slipped her a note, and headed to our next location.
STEP 5: PHOTOSHOOT
The note under the table guided Bri to use the map she had found in the case earlier. The map was to a nearby park (Leroy Oaks), and when she arrived, I was waiting with our friend Catherine for a photoshoot! Afterwards, I had intended to string up a hammock, but we decided to sit and talk for a while instead, as it looked like rain was approaching.
STEP 6: A DIVERSION, AND SOME FRIENDS
I needed to buy some time between our activities in the park, and my plans for the rest of the day, so I send Bri on a quest for another clue, and arranged for her friend Nina to deliver the clue by hand! Bri's friend Reagan happened to be there at the same time too! I instructed them to have Bri change into nice clothes, and once they solved the last clue together, Bri left for the final piece of my puzzle.
STEP 7: A CANDLELIT DINNER
By the time Bri pulled up, I had dinner set up, and my friend Jesse had helped me get food for the night ready. On the menu? Bri's favorite foods, and some strawberries+ice cream for desert. Thanks to Bobby for letting us use his now-empty home!
If you'd like to read about what I've learned from 4 years of dating Bri, check out my post below!