Both Capitol Hill staffers, Elizabeth and Erik met through a group of mutual friends from California offices. One afternoon, Erik was on C-SPAN staffing his boss on the House Floor and Elizabeth took notice. It wasn't until February 2010 that they were finally introduced on H Street NE during the blizzard Snowmageddon.
With Erik in law school, it had been a while since the two had a getaway. After graduation and the Bar, Erik planned a trip for a long weekend on Sanibel Island, Florida. The last night on the island, they decided to drive north to Captiva to catch a west-facing sunset. Erik caught Elizabeth completely off guard, and with dolphins swimming down the coast in the background, he proposed just before sunset.