On May 30th, 2020, my best friend asked me to marry him. I said YES!
I feel like in order to tell you the story of our proposal, I need to back up and tell you the story of how we got together in the first place.
Back when I first moved to LA about 10 years ago (maybe 11 at this point), I had a group of friends that adopted me through a co-worker of mine. Bryan was a part of this group. He was in a relationship at the time, and I was dating someone else. But we were buddies and would all go to Dodgers games together, the bars, etc. Then I sort of lost touch with the group, I started dating my ex, and we just all parted ways. We all stayed friends on Facebook, though.
Most people don’t know, but until last May, I was in a long term relationship (like 7 years long…). I was single until Bryan reached out to me on Instagram in October. He started responding to some stories I would post, liking photos here and there, that sort of thing. Then the day after Halloween, he messaged me that he liked my Yoshi costume the night before and followed up that message with another, asking me if I would be up for meeting him for a drink sometime. I for some reason was SO nervous and I texted my best friend for advice. She wrote me back immediately and said “YOU’RE GOING!!!”
We met for drinks/dinner one night the following week (Nov 5th, I think) and had the best time. Then a few days later he asked me to go to a LA Kings game with him because they were playing the Minnesota Wild. It was the best date. We had so much fun. After that, more and more dates… We were pretty inseparable from the start. It just felt right.
From the beginning, Bryan was the easiest person to talk to. I never felt pressure, I never felt awkward if there was a silent moment. He makes me laugh like nobody else, and he has the sweetest, most caring personality. I know people were a little surprised by the match, and others surprised at how quickly we moved, but when you know, you know. Bryan is my person. No doubt about that.
Then quarantine happened. Nobody saw it coming, but we took to being quarantined together SO well. I had my apartment and would go there like once a week to check on things, but I chose to spend my time at Bryan’s place. We never once have had a fight, a disagreement, annoyances with each other, nothing. It’s been honestly fun and perfect from the start.
Come end of March, I was furloughed with my job. The lease on my apartment was up June 1st, but by landlord was able to let me out a month early to help me save some money, given the job situation. Bryan and I made the choice at that time to move in together.
Bryan and I have talked very early on in our relationship about wanting to get married. When it’s right, you just know. So I knew that it would happen eventually. BUT, I had no clue that he already about a ring. I figured he wouldn’t get it until quarantine lifted and he was able to get to a store. I was wrong. He ordered the ring back in April and had it hidden in his office for almost two months. I am still SHOCKED that I had no idea…
We like to go up into the hills and watch the sunset. Now that the beaches are open, we talked about going down on a Saturday to see it. On May 30th, we made a plan. We sat around during the day, doing our normal thing. Cleaning, laundry, whatever. Around 4 Bryan asked me what I was planning on wearing to the beach. I responded, “I don’t know, a sweatshirt? It’s going to be cold.” He responded with “well, we could take photos for Worship Worthy if you want to dress up a little?” I was a bit surprised, but it didn’t throw me too much. I figured I would at the very least put on some makeup and jeans.
In the same conversation, I asked if we were going to go to Malibu, since that makes the most sense from our house. He said no, he picked out a spot down by Venice/Santa Monica. I was kind of confused, since that’s out of the way and a farther drive, but figured we didn’t have anything else to do so the drive would be nice.
We got to the beach and just walked up and down by the water, again, nothing out of the ordinary. We stopped somewhere along the way, and he turned to me, right by the water, and starting saying all of these sweet things. I honestly blacked out, but I know he was saying that he loved me and wanted to make me the happiest girl in the world. At that point, he started to reach in his pocket and get down on one knee. All I remember saying is “What is happening” over and over. He opened the ring box and I almost died. The most beautiful ring I could’ve ever hoped for. I was truly shocked.
The couples around us at the beach started clapping and cheering. A group of like 8 guys down the beach from us were cheering too, and one guy brought over two beers for us and said Congrats! It was super unexpected and very sweet. Then I realized that my friend Aprill was there taking photos of us! I was so surprised to see here there, but I’m so so so happy that Bryan had her capture the moments. They are the best memories of the best day of my life. I’m forever grateful to her!
After Bryan proposed, he took me over to my best friend Lauren’s house where she had set up a surprise engagement party for us, complete with some of the people I love most, my parents and best friends in Minnesota on a zoom call (that got me crying immediately), catered dinner and the cutest decorations. I was once again SHOCKED. It was the sweetest and most unexpected celebration and I will never forget it. The fact that Bryan had my family and friends in on this surprise for weeks was incredible. I never once had a feeling this was coming. Total surprise.
We ate, we talked, we laughed and we drank lots and lots of wine and champagne. It was honestly the best night of my life!
We can’t wait to plan our wedding and for the next chapter!
Thank you for reading our story. Sending you lots of love.
P.S. Photos were taken by Love Captured Photography– she’s AMAZING!