Jeff Simpson works at Jacobs Engineering, a company that has works to restore historic buildings. He told Tara they were going to an awards dinner for work on the evening of August 28, 2014. Jeff had his boss leave a fake voicemail on his phone telling him about the event and explaining that he could bring a plus one. “I had overheard the voicemail (how convenient) the day before the event and was so excited to attend because the Capitol is one of my favorite buildings in DC,” Tara says.
That morning, Tara took a dress with her to work to change into for the night’s festivities. She rode the Metro over to the Capitol and met Jeff at the Cannon Office Building where they took the underground tunnels through to the Capitol. “In the rotunda, we took some photos of each other, and Jeff brought our Go Pro, so we took a short video too,” she remembers. Then, Jeff took Tara to the Speaker of the House’s office (John A. Boehner) to allow special access outside. They went out on the balcony and Tara leaned over the railing to look for the Jacobs logo on one of the construction trailers Jeff told her to search for. “I kept looking but I didn’t see anything, and when I turned around to ask him where the logo was, Jeff was on his knee with a ring box in his hand,” Tara says. “I was stunned, to say the least, and I could not stop smiling. He got me so good!”