Engagement Stories – July 2013

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Chelsie Loftin and Luke Spencer

Luke Spencer and Chelsie Loftin met two years ago while they were both were attending the University of Miami School of Law. One of Chelsie’s friends had asked her to play ultimate Frisbee in the Dean’s Cup, an annual event between the law and medical students. At the Frisbee game, Chelsie noticed a tall, handsome third year law student; however, he was playing in a different Frisbee game than she was and the two did not speak.

After her game ended, Chelsie went home and looked at the names of individuals playing Frisbee that day to see if she could locate her mystery man. Little did she know that while she was busy noticing him, Luke was busy noticing her! He was also trying to track her down by sending out a mass email inviting all of the Frisbee players at the game to join a local Frisbee league. About the time Chelsie received the email from Luke, she found and sent him a friend request on Facebook and agreed to join the league.

The two began talking and Luke soon asked if he could take Chelsie on a date. For their first date, Luke arranged an eventful day that included picking strawberries, hand feeding giraffes, and dinner at an ocean front restaurant. During dinner, Luke revealed that the only reason he sent out the mass email was because he had hoped that she would respond. Chelsie quickly revealed that the only reason she joined the Frisbee league upon his invitation was to meet him in person.  Now that the pair had finally found each other and met, they soon became a couple.

Luke was known to plan adventures for Chelsie. The two had gone shark diving in the Bahamas, lobstering in the Florida Keys, night diving with manta rays in Hawaii, among other things. So, Chelsie had no suspicions when Luke suggested that they take a trip to Bend, Oregon to visit his grandparents and to go skiing, snow shoe trekking, cave exploring, hiking, and dog sledding.

On the first night in Oregon, Luke told Chelsie that they would be taking a moonlight snowshoe tour through the Deschutes National Forest. When they arrived at the location to meet the guide, no one else was there and Luke expressed surprise that no one else had booked the tour. The pair set off with the guide and drove up Mount Bachelor. The weather was perfect and it was an absolutely clear night. Every star in the night sky was visible and the mountain was covered in fifteen to twenty feet of snow. About thirty minutes into the trek, Luke asked the guide to stop for a photograph of the pair and suggested that Chelsie stand on a snow mound surrounded by fragrant, snow covered evergreen trees. At the top of the mound, 6500 feet up Mount Bachelor in 24 degree weather, Luke got down on one knee and asked Chelsie to be his wife.

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Later, it was revealed to Chelsie that Luke had actually bought the entire snowshoe trek out and the tour guide was in on his plan! Chelsie, of course, said yes. She is a bit spoiled because she actually gets two engagement rings! Luke proposed to her with a diamond ring, but he also let her customize her own ring and band.

The two plan to wed in Texas, Chelsie’s home state. They cannot wait to start a lifetime of adventures together, starting with a honeymoon in Bora Bora! Luke and Chelsie are both attorneys in Miami, Florida, and will be residing there after their nuptials.