Sarah and Preston – A Destination Wedding in Los Cabos at the Cabo Surf Hotel
I absolutely LOVE it when my clients have a wedding website. It gives me a little glimpse into them, their story and their love. It also helps me TELL their story with words and not just imagery from their wedding day.
Here is their proposal story (told in two versions):
To tell the story of our proposal I have to start with the fact that I decided to call an audible on our life and move all the way to NYC for a job (thanks SeatGeek). Aside from turning everything upside down, this move plays into our proposal because it caused me to host a going away happy hour in SF on Tuesday, November 3rd. Now Preston was supposed to show up at said happy hour, but in fact, didn’t (Preston disagrees that he was supposed to attend). I naturally thought this was odd, but we coordinated and agreed to meet up back at Jed and Miranda’s house where I was staying until I moved.
As fate, or the only country radio station in the Bay Area, would have it, “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett was playing on my drive back. Feeling emotional (see moving across the country), I walked into the house and insisted that Preston dance with me to the song. Definitely not the first time I’ve asked Preston to randomly dance, but this time he obliged. I remember thinking that his heart was beating super fast and that he must be really out of shape. But luckily for me (and his health), he started saying lots of nice things about us, got down on 1 knee and asked me to marry him. We were both obviously super happy, and I joined Preston on my knees as I said yes.
Now, interestingly, the proposal didn’t end there. For one, Jed and Miranda’s 90 lb pitbull Duke got super excited right along with us and started jumping all over over Preston and I. Second, the next song on Spotify when you search “Die a Happy Man” is “Die a Real N****”… and yes that is exactly what we happened to accidentally listen to minutes after getting engaged. Overall, I think the proposal perfectly matched us – just enough romance, ridiculousness and humor to last a lifetime.
On one more sappy note… I took the photo above when Preston and I were recently in Portugal for our friend’s wedding. While being a nice photos of my “grubby little paws” as Preston calls them, this photo is actually significant because 5 years earlier when I was studying abroad I had stood at that same spot. I remember thoroughly enjoying my travels, but pausing that day and thinking about how oddly excited I was to get back to CA and see if all those Facebook messages would amount to something. It’s safe to say they did, and I’m so excited to marry my best friend.
I agree with the majority of Sarah’s story above, but here are a few details that explain my side of things:
October 2015: As I was taking my sweet time deciding which ring to buy and getting around to asking Sarah to marry me, Sarah chose to accelerate things by threatening to ruin everything by pursuing and ultimately taking her dream job in NYC at Seatgeek. It became abundantly clear that I would not have the specific ring that Sarah wanted from Brilliant Earth in time to pop the question before she moved (who knew you can’t just walk into a ring store and buy one?), so I decided to fulfill a long-time promise to Sarah and instead get her a huge CZ (cubic zirconia – fake diamond) from Amazon for $24 as a placeholder until the real-deal arrived.
If you’re interested, below is a link to the ring I ordered – it’s got great reviews. Also be aware that a box is not included so you’ll have to spend another $6 or so to get a box for it.
Once I had the ring, I had to decide how to propose. Below are the options that I worked through:
1. Trader Joe’s – long story, but we seemed to always learn about big family news whilst shopping at Trader Joe’s. This would have been tricky because even though Sarah absolutely would have understood exactly why I was proposing to her in Trader Joe’s, nobody else would get it, which I guess is understandable. So i moved on from this option.
2. Undisclosed romantic location in Oakland – this was almost it. I had chosen where I would propose and as Sarah and I were walking to dinner with the fake ring in my pocket, it came clear as Sarah told me about her day that it was CLEARLY not the right time, so I aborted.
3. I had given up and had no clue what I was going to do. Mom’s advice was that it doesn’t matter where you ask, just ask. Sound advice. As Sarah’s story says, it was the night of her going away happy hour (which I really don’t remember being expected to attend), so I decided to meet her at Jed and Miranda’s house where she was living after moving out of her SF apartment. I still didn’t know how exactly I was going to ask but I had the ring in my pocket and would figure it out. Sarah pretty much did all the work, walking in and making me dance with her. It’s weird, no matter how long you are with someone and even when you know they’ll say yes, it’s crazy how stressful it is asking someone to marry you. As Sarah says, I think that this proposal, though the last resort, is the one that we would describe as “that’s just us”.
With Sarah’s impending move to New York, we decided not to announce our engagement except to our immediate family. We decided that we would announce our engagement at my family’s Thanksgiving, once I would have the real ring for Sarah. When Sarah and I met at my Aunt Debi’s house before traveling out to the Oregon Coast for Thanksgiving, I delivered the real ring and her response was as follows:
“Oh Good, it’s symmetrical. And it’s not too big so I won’t scratch my face with it”. If you know Sarah, that’s probably not surprising.
Commence the 557 day engagement.
Now that you have read their proposal it’s time to SEE their wedding!
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