It didn’t take long for Jared and Kirk to realize their relationship was going to go the distance.
On their second official date, the topic of raising children arose. “Both of us knew that for the relationship to move forward, the other would have to be excited about the prospect of us having a family,” Kirk says. “We agreed that we wanted kids in our future and from that moment forward, we were moving towards marriage.”
When discussing marriage, both guys knew they wanted engagement rings; Jared wanted to be the recipient of the proposal. The couple decided to pick out and purchase engagement rings for each other. They found Jared’s engagement ring first and ordered Kirk’s later. The plan was that Kirk would pop the question once he knew that Jared had received Kirk’s ring from the jeweler.
Kirk’s plan to propose on New Year’s was thwarted, so Kirk decided to propose a few days later. “Kirk called me on my way home from work to let me know he was hiding and I’d have to find him,” Jared says. “We had a one-bedroom apartment at the time with only two rooms with doors—the bathroom and the bedroom. Fortunately, Kirk was waiting on one knee in the bedroom, not the bathroom.”
The couple decided to have their engagement photos taken in the summer at Two Lights State Park. “It’s one of our favorite places to walk with our dog, Vegas, and to take in the Maine coastline,” Kirk says.
Photography by Justine Johnson Photography