At last! Suzy and I are engaged to be married! I can’t tell you how happy I am! I need to admit the proposal did involve a little bit of lying, and a good amount of sneakiness. It also involved a secret trip to Lexington to ask her dad’s permission and Atlanta to go ring shopping with her mom. Here’s a few photos Cassia took right after, and then I will let Suzy tell the story of the actual proposal!
I have never been so surprised in my life! Since last Thursday night since we got engaged, I feel like I have been floating. So here’s how the story goes: My brother and sister, Travis and Lianna, had planned some family time to hang out just the three of us. When I asked Lianna if Lukas could come, she made it pretty clear that she wanted some “just family” time. So I decided to not invite Lukas. However, as we were instant messaging on Thursday morning, he was weasling to find out where I was going that night with my siblings. I didn’t want to tell him because I had suggested going to a place which Lukas and I frequently visited. A vague reply of “to L.A.” did not satisfy his questioning, and he soon instant messaged me back saying “You’re going to Urth Cafe without me?!!” Apparently my brother had told him where we were going. Drat. At this point I decided Lianna would just have to get over it. So I invited him to meet up with us later if he wanted to. He told me he had a wedding consultation that night, and it depended on what time he got finished. Fast forward. That night: Lianna and I are driving down to L.A. and get stuck for 45 minutes on the freeway because of a car accident. I text Lukas and tell him he might not want to come because of the traffic. We get to Urth Cafe, meet up with my brother, and are there for about 15 minutes when Lukas texts me saying he’s almost there. Completely oblivious, I text him back saying how surprised I am the traffic cleared up that quickly. Lukas arrives, says he just had tea and doesn’t want any. Meanwhile, Lianna starts yawning and Travis says he’s jet-lagged, so Lianna suggests we walk around Venice Beach. I think it’s a bit strange that no one seems to want to enjoy the cafe, but don’t think too much about it. So the four of us walk along the sidewalk next to the road across from the beach. A minute later, Trav and Lianna run across the road to the beach. Because my siblings are naturally so random, I look at Lukas and say, “I knew they were going to do that”. Little did I really know. Soon we get to a small park that Lukas and I had walked through on dates before.
The moon was full and stunning, so I suggest we go to a bench at the top of the hill along the path. Lukas readily agrees. However as we get near the top, I notice a random backpack, and tell Lukas maybe we shouldn’t go up there since there are probably homeless people sleeping up there. He tries to assure me its ok. As we walk near the backpack, he suddenly reaches for it. “Lukas! Don’t touch that homeless guy’s backpack!” I say as I pull him away. But he keeps saying “What’s this? What’s this?” I am still oblivious at this point. Then he unzips the backpack, pulls out a large flat box, opens it and hands me a book. By the light of his iphone, I see that a picture of my piano that he had given me for Valentines’ Day is on the cover. I sit down and start flipping the pages, reading out loud the story of how we had come together, and some of the many adventures we had taken. By this time I am so confused and not really understanding a word I am reading, partly because Lukas had purposefully made the book random, partly because my heart was beating so hard. The next thing I know, I am reading the words, “So one day as they sat and re-counted their dating experiences he got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and proposed to her.” All of a sudden, what I’m reading becomes a reality. In the midst of floating on cloud 9, I see him take a knee and pull out a ring…..the rest is blurry, but somewhere in there he proposed and I said yes! Lukas’ sister Cassia and his roommate Jeremy jump out taking pictures, and Lianna and Trav appear out of nowhere. Oh, and Lukas reaches in the backpack and gives me a huge bouquet of wildflowers! I am so extremely blessed and we are both super excited about our wedding!
These ones are a little grainy because it was all supposed to happen a bit earlier, but due to the traffic on the 405 it was completely dark by the time we got to the backpack. =). Cassia ended up having to shoot at 1/5 sec at f/ 3.2, ISO 3200 with a 400 mm lens.
That’s us sitting on the hill reading the book.
This is me down on one knee, actually I think it was both knees. I would have begged if I needed to. ;)
Cassia and Jeremie hiding.
This is the book I made for her with a couple sample pages. =)
And the ring!