Cara & Doug in Mazama, WA
When Cara and Doug each signed up for a Whitman College alumni trip to Vietnam in 2004, neither one could have imagined what a life-changing journey it would turn out to be. After two weeks of travel, it was clear the two had discovered more than just a new country, and when Cara returned to the States after staying on to travel solo, Doug was there at the airport waiting to pick her up.
The Bride Cara Haskey, 33, graphic designer and business analyst
The Groom Doug Elliott, 38, economist
The Date June 17, 2006
About 18 months later, on Cara's birthday, Doug presented her with a series of homemade coupons. They were good for "love," "laughter," "friendship," "exploring the world together," and, finally, "me." Each was valid "for a lifetime." After staying up into the wee hours of the morning to revel in their newly engaged excitement, the two immediately got down to wedding planning.
- Meredith Gray