Julie and Kirk met through a mutual family friend. After dating for nearly two years, Kirk proposed to her girlfriend in November 22nd, 2013 at the D.C. landscape.
Kirk shared his engagement story with the Washington Post’s Sarah Kogod about how it all went down.
“I talked to my U.S. congressman from my home area in west Michigan, Bill Huizenga, who I had gotten to know a little bit,” Cousins explained. “I called him to see if I could propose on the balcony of the Speaker of the House’s office, because I had been there before and seen the view and thought it was a great view. He said they could set it up.”
They found a day that worked, which ended up being Friday, Nov. 22, and Huizenga’s assistants agreed to be on hand to take pictures of the moment. Cousins told his now fiancee that they were going to do a tour of the Capitol building so they headed downtown together.
“I was extremely nervous,” Cousins said. “On the way down driving the car, as we got close to the Capitol building I was holding her hand and she goes, ‘Why are your hands cold and sweaty?’ I said, ‘I don’t know,’ but I knew it was because I was super nervous.”
The couple made their way through the building and to the balcony, presumably to check out the view.
“I just mentioned the view, and told her how we’d gotten to know each other in this city and how we had good memories when we used to walk through the city on some of our earlier dates,” Cousins recounted. He then popped the question before Julie could get suspicious. “I went down a knee before it got too sappy, before it got too awkward. I don’t remember exactly what she said, but she said yes. That’s all I needed to hear.”
The athlete did not want a long engagement, so they planned their wedding to take place the following year.
The couple got married on June 28th, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo Credit: Kirk Cousins