Taking Life One Adventure at a Time


Benjamin Richard Koller Lowell hoped to impress Dr. William Douglas Winkelman on their second date, in October 2013. The couple had matched on a courting app about a month earlier, and Mr. Lowell, who grew up in San Francisco, needed to point out Dr. Winkelman, who had not too long ago moved to the town, across the space.

He had deliberate to take Dr. Winkelman on a hike on Angel Island, in San Francisco Bay. But when Mr. Lowell picked Dr. Winkelman as much as take him to the ferry that will deliver them to the island, he had a second of panic. Dr. Winkelman had proven up in boat sneakers and a button-down shirt.

“I clearly did not communicate what this date was going to be correctly,” stated Mr. Lowell, 33. “But he went for it.”

Embracing the unknown and taking dangers would develop to turn into defining themes of their relationship. About a month later, at Dr. Winkelman’s suggestion, the couple went skydiving collectively.

“I was never particularly into skydiving, in fact it kind of freaked me out,” Mr. Lowell stated. But Dr. Winkelman’s pleasure was infectious. “I was willing to do it with him.”

Many of their early dates that adopted concerned Mr. Lowell and Dr. Winkelman exploring the town, which Dr. Winkelman appreciated as a newcomer.

“I had just moved to the Bay Area from Boston, so it was a nice way to explore and see the city, and do it with someone I had just met,” stated Dr. Winkelman, 34, who’s a New York native.

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About a 12 months and a half after they started courting, the couple moved in collectively in San Francisco. In July 2017, they relocated to Boston, the place Dr. Winkelman works as a medical teacher at Harvard Medical School and a gynecologist at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Lowell is a candidate for a doctoral diploma in training at Boston College.

“It kind of felt like another adventure that we were going on,” Mr. Lowell stated about transferring throughout the nation. “I was excited.”

The couple had been speaking about marriage, and Mr. Lowell deliberate to suggest on March 3, 2020, throughout a journey to Lake Tahoe in California. He needed to ask Dr. Winkelman to marry him at a viewpoint on a hike, however about midway to the vacation spot, he and Dr. Winkelman bought caught in a snow drift.

“I was like, ‘we should probably turn around, this is not working’,” Dr. Winkelman recalled telling Mr. Lowell when he insisted that they attempt to make it by the snow. “I could not understand why he was so determined.”

They ended up mountaineering to a completely different viewpoint overlooking the lake, the place Mr. Lowell proposed to a stunned Dr. Winkelman.

“I find Ben to be extremely giving of himself,” Dr. Winkelman stated. “That says a lot about his character, the fact that he’s able to go out of his way, even when it’s really out of his way, and be quite giving.”

The couple had been married on Oct. 22 at Mr. Lowell’s dad and mom’ dwelling in San Francisco, in entrance of about 20 vaccinated visitors, which included the couple’s dad and mom. Charisse Wu, a pal and former roommate of the couple who was appointed a deputy marriage commissioner for the day in San Francisco County, officiated.

“He is organized and together and on top of it, but also caring and thoughtful,” Mr. Lowell stated about Dr. Winkelman. “I’m excited to keep on going on these adventures together, and to experience life together.”