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Falling in Love in Freshman Year

Falling in Love in Freshman Year

Lesbian Engagement Photoshoot in Amsterdam

After falling in love in college, Caylee and Clara both planned to propose on a family holiday in Amsterdam. 

Meeting in freshman year, in a dorm hall

The first time we met was in the common area of our dorm floor five years ago. Clara was going to get a tattoo, and Cay walked by.

Clara asked what she should get, and Cay told her she was dumb for going to get a tattoo if she didn’t know what she wanted. That was the start of forever! (Clara got an alien tattoo on her ankle, should have listened to Caylee)

The first proposal in Amsterdam 

I took Clara on a walk around Amsterdam. It was the first morning of our trip. We walked (me nervously) by the canals and down the cobblestone streets until we reached a beautiful bench on a quiet street facing the waterways. I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.

The second proposal, right after

After Caylee proposed, I told her I had a bar I wanted to take her to to get a cocktail to celebrate together. I took Cay on an hour-long walk through the city to find the place I had planned to propose to her. My grand plan was to go to The Hoxton, where they have a vintage photo booth at the entrance at the top of the stairs. 

As soon as we walked by the door, Caylee got so excited and ran up the stairs to the photo booth, talking about how amazing fate is! There are four photos on the strip, and in the last one, you can see me holding out the ring box and Caylee’s look of surprise.

The engagement rings

We both worked with the same jeweler to create each other’s rings. A Frank Darling ring inspired Clara’s and was a surprise. Caylee always wanted a round-cut diamond with a simple gold setting. 


Photography by Mary Hikari

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