It was a January afternoon in California, barely more than a month ago, that Brian and Elaine went to a special Mass celebrated in honor of his late father. It was at the parish of Our Lady of the Lake and prior to the Mass, Brian asked Elaine to come out on the canoe with him.
Canoeing is one of Brian and Elaine’s shared hobbies, so the trip out onto Arrowhead Lake was nothing out of the ordinary. He took her to an island; they walked about playing with the snow and holding each other’s hand. Elaine was left completely unexpected for what happened next—and that’s to turn around, see him on one knee with an engagement ring in his hand and asking for her hand in marriage.
By her own admission, Elaine was in total shock, and began to cry before saying yes. It was a fairy tale end to a relationship that was unlikely to begin with, given her views on online dating. She needed both her father and her priest to nudge her to sign up for CatholicMatch, because she was “opposed to it in every way possible.” But she relented in the end and it only took her one night to meet Brian.
Once they found each other, neither wasted any time. The e-mail exchanges were filled with chemistry from the outset and they immediately graduated to all-night phone conversations. Three days from the time of their initial online contact, they got together for a face-to-face date. Anxiety and excitement rippled through them both, but at first glimpse of each other in the flesh, the chemistry that had been building reached new heights. “We knew from that first look, from that first hug, from that first Hello, that we were meant to be together without a doubt,” Elaine told CatholicMatch.
Elaine & Brian had everything in common and when they found what they were looking for, there was no hesitation. They went for it, ignoring the natural anxieties that came along the way. As a result, a relationship that Elaine says has been a fairy tale from the beginning is going to continue on with their wedding on July 16—at the same parish on Lake Arrowhead where Brian proposed.