The couple discussed the questions listed over the course of several days. “At the end of that I was like ‘OK, so now we can get engaged!’” Mr. Roath said.
For the proposal, Mr. Roath told Ms. Guo that Ms. Stanford was coming out with a book called “The 14th Question,” and that the author was doing a special “book talk” event in Boston in March 2020, to which he had reserved tickets.
“I had these doctored emails that were purporting to come from The Times and all these things suggesting that this was a real book talk,” Mr. Roath said. The “book talk” was to take place at the hotel bar where the couple had first met, with the 14th question being, of course, “Will you marry me?”
But the pandemic foiled Mr. Roath’s plans as everything shut down that week. He proposed a month later on the banks of the Charles River instead.
Originally the couple planned for a June 2021 wedding on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor, but because of the coronavirus, they decided to push the date to June 18, 2022 and hold a small ceremony in their backyard in the interim.