Travis Tuttle proposed to his wife for the first time ten years ago on a stormy February night in Seattle. He had less than 48 hours to seal the deal before Kami boarded a plane back to Dallas, where they’d met less than a year before.
Travis had the ring, her father’s permission, and a thoroughly researched night of romance ahead of him. But there are certain things that even the most careful research can’t adjust for—for one, Travis was new to Seattle.
Travis’s dinner reservation fell through. His romantic stroll along the South Lake Union Waterfront was postponed because of storm warnings. He arrived with Kami at their dessert spot to find that it had been picked over by local college students earlier in the night.
By the time Travis dropped to one knee in the freezing cold sand of a Seattle beach, it was pitch-black and he could barely see Kami. His proposal was simple: “Sorry, I meant this to be better. Marry me?”
Kami said yes.
They drove back to Travis’s temporary house and watched a movie with his nine roommates.
The Do Over
A wedding, three pregnancies, and nine anniversaries later, Travis seized an opportunity to try it all over again. And this time he left nothing to chance.
Thumbtack helped Travis plan the proposal he’d always intended for Kami, including a plane ride to Lake Tahoe, a romantic waterfront dinner and desserts that hadn’t been picked over by co-eds.
“Kami is the most gracious, unpretentious person. Watching each new surprise register on her face was this amazing gift. We had come through two really hard years really pouring ourselves into our kids and our community. This was our first moment alone, just the two of us, that we’d had in a long time.”
When it came time to kneel down in the (notably warmer, dryer) sand to ask for Kami’s hand, Travis got the chance to say all of the things he wanted to the first time around.
“I told Kami that there was no way that I would go through this thing called life with anyone else.”
It was the same month as the couple’s anniversary and Kami’s birthday. Travis had just accepted a new job in Bend, Oregon and the couple was planning their move—entering a new phase in their life together.
“The whole experience was an over-the-top, unexpected, unwarranted blessing for us. It’s hard to capture something that big in such a short video clip, but you guys get pretty close.”
Got a re-do in mind? Whether you need a tour guide, caterer, live mariachi band, or scuba instructor, thousands of Thumbtack professionals are ready to help you get the job done right this time around.
[Photos via Nicky Lockman of Nemus Photography]