Like a modern day romantic comedy, Brooke & Eli owe their love story to Tinder itself.
"Thinking back on our origin story always makes me laugh. Who would have thought my seventeen year-old self had swiped right on my forever?"
After initially matching on the dating app, Brooke says that Eli would periodically reach out just to check-in or ask about her day.
"He was genuine and sweet from those very first conversations and kind as the day is long. We clicked almost instantly and I have been hooked ever since."
After a few years of dating and getting to know one another better it came time for Eli to pop the question and take their relationship to the next level.
"It was Spring of 2018, the evening before Eli's birthday, and we were all dressed up enjoying an amazing meal with friends at Portland City Grill."
After dinner, the group headed down to the waterfront as it was an uncharacteristiaclly warm evening in March, perfect for a walk through the park.
"My best girlfriend was taking pictures and videos of us, and I thought nothing of it, just being goofy in front of the camera. I got close as I joked with the camera and hugged her, surprised when she grabbed onto me and held on. I hugged back, laughing, and then I turned around and saw him."
Eli was there, kneeling in front of her and right away Brooke realized what was happening.
"I realized what was going on, and immediately started hilariously full-body sobbing. I said yes through the tears, and on the video, you can hear a stranger jogging past shout 'Congratulations!'"