Coming Full Circle

My daughter Mallory’s new apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a drop dead view of the Manhattan skyline, the lower East River and the three magnificent bridges that connect the two boroughs: the Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. On fine days, she commutes to work in mid-town by ferry, crossing under these magnificent architectural and engineering wonders.

Little did I know that thirty odd years ago, when Eric proposed to me in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge, that our first born child would be catching glimpses of the shimmering structure countless times during her busy day. Eric was intent on popping the big question at a location that would stand the test of time and one that we could always revisit. In our case, it has certainly worked.

Eric’s grandfather liked to say that he chose the bridge because if I said no he always had the option of jumping off into the frigid water below. Those Edmondson men always had a way with the dramatic. Anyway, as you all know by now I said an unequivocal “Yes!” and we were off for a life of adventure together.

That night under his trench coat, Eric was carrying a bottle of champagne and two glasses. We toasted to our future, which has been so much more than I could ever have imagined.

Do write back and let me know where you became engaged or where you would like to be proposed.

((Engagement photograph taken by Mariana Cook in Central Park, NYC. All other photographs taken by Olivia Edmondson)


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  • Anonymous
    March 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    love this story!!

  • Jennifer
    March 23, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you!