Callie and Chip met through mutual friends while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Callie received a BA in Zoology and Haskell got his degree in International Studies with a focus on Global Security and Environmental Conservation.
A few months after graduating, the couple decided to head for warmer weather and moved to St. Thomas in the Caribbean. Callie works as the Assistant Manager and tour guide at Virgin Islands Ecotours and Haskell is the Recreation Manager for the Ritz Carlton.
Haskell surprised me with a weekend get-away to Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. I was thrilled and also clueless about the events that he had planned. We stayed in a gorgeous villa overlooking White Bay and rented a dinghy so we could beach hop all day. Our last stop of the day was a small deserted island called Sandy Spit - my favorite spot in the Caribbean. Haskell had prepared a picnic and proposed right there on the beach.
Little did I know that everyone but me knew what was happening. We went back to the villa to find champagne waiting for us. Haskell had asked for my parents blessing in November (only 9 months earlier!) and were thrilled that he had finally popped the question! He had also conspired with my boss, Jason, and gotten me extra days off work so we could relax and enjoy the occasion.
The best part: Haskell set up our digital camera and video taped the proposal! Another perfect surprise!