Let’s start at the beginning… well, not that far in the beginning…
In 2015, Tara was invited to wing night at Murphy’s Irish Saloon in Philly by her friend Claire. Claire also invited her friend Ben, and he brought his roommate Morgan. When Claire and Tara walked in, Ben and Morgan already had a table. Tara thought Morgan was cute so she sat down next to him. All four of them talked and laughed the whole night and Tara left thinking how that was the hardest she had laughed in a long time.
After hanging out with friends a couple of times, Tara reached out and asked Morgan if he wanted to grab dinner at the East Falls Tap Room. She showed up after a ballet class in a leotard and sweatpants and Morgan wore a nice sweater. That’s when Tara realized it was a date! Morgan was nervous through the date and Tara could tell, but she thought it was sweet. At the end of the date, Morgan asked her to drive to the top of the East Falls parking garage. Right before they got to the top he asked her to park and get out of the car. Tara got out and Morgan told her to close her eyes and give him her hands. She was hesitant but she did it, even when he joked, “This is where I come to kill people, haha”… and she still kept her eyes closed. He lead her around to the very top level of the garage and told her to open her eyes. You could see ALL of Philadelphia all lit up at night! Knowing that Tara loved the Philly skyline Morgan had planned this out for her. Tara says it was the perfect ending to the night. She thought about it the whole next day.
After Morgan graduated from PhilaU they made a trip to visit his mom in Charleston. Tara called her mom and said she wanted to move there because she fell in love with the city. Exactly a year later, Tara and Morgan packed up their cars and moved to Charleston! They’ve now been there for two years, and are thrilled to call Charleston home.
After settling into their new life together, Morgan thought it was time to take the next step. Tara is a huge Harry Potter fan. She had been planning a trip to go to King’s Cross Station in London on September 1, 2017. This was the day in the epilogue of the Harry Potter book series that Harry returns to King’s Cross and Platform 9 ¾ with his kids to bring them to Hogwarts. Ever since Tara was a seventeen, she had dreamt of going to King’s Cross on this day. She had mentioned it to Morgan and it was decided that he would also want to go, so they planned an entire Europe trip together.
They traveled from Charleston to Philly to Paris for the first leg of their trip. On the second night in Paris, they had dinner in the Eiffel Tower. After a great dinner, they decided to walk around the tower to see the views of Paris. It was sunset and they decided to make a short film entry like they had been doing at all the famous locations they went to so far on the trip. Morgan surprised her during the video by proposing and getting down on one knee! All while filming in his other hand! Tara was so surprised she started to cry and couldn’t actually remember saying yes so they had to watch the video to make sure. A proposal on the Eiffel Tower at sunset was more than Tara ever dreamed of. It was definitely the highlight of the trip…even though they did see Platform 9 3/4 a few days later in London.
Now planning a Europe trip is in the past and planning a wedding is ahead! They are both looking forward to November 4, 2018 when they can say ‘I do’ under a magnificent avenue of oaks with all of their family and friends. It’s the perfect way to begin their forever…
Some excerpts from the Laura Lee Photography Blog