One of the biggest things I love about being a wedding photographer is the stories. Each couple has one. And I love meeting with newly engaged couples for the first time and listening to the “long version” over coffee. I love all of the little details and like what they were thinking, who made the first move, and all that good stuff. I seriously cannot get enough of it. Often at the end of these coffee dates, my couple’s will ask, “what about you?”. So I decided it was time to share the story of how Kyle and I fell in love too. All the way from “hello” to “I do”.
- Ships Passing in the Night
- First impressions
- Hi, I’m your boss now
- Is this going to be awkward?
- Tinkerbell and Peter Pan
- The Infamous Movie night
- Feelings revealed
- Our First Date
- Oceans Apart
- Making it official
- Big Sur and a Big Adventure
- The Accidental I love you
- Dating wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows
- The Proposal Part 1
I was driving to work when Kyle called. It was the Thursday before labor day weekend and I was driving to my shift at REI. He called to say we should make monday really fun since it was his last summer day before starting his student teaching. I thought it was a great idea and he asked me what I thought we should do. I threw out some suggested and then he said, “you know what? Don’t worry about it. I’ll plan something fun for us.” I was delighted and thought nothing of it. Kyle’s spontaneous last day of summer was really a ruse and he had been planning this day out for a while.
I was living in Fullerton and Kyle in Dana Point and I came down and spent the weekend in Kyle’s parents’ guest room. I was there so often it was basically like a second home for me. So I came down for the weekend like normal. And everything was super normal. Labor day is actually Kyle’s parents’ anniversary so they left for their staycation in San Clemente. I talked with facetimed with one of my good friends that weekend too. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Monday came around and while it was still dark Kyle woke me up with coffee in one hand and a sweet note in the other. The note explained our day would be filled with things that I loved. And then Kyle pulled out a new Polaroid camera and took a photo of me with my coffee. We would also apparently be taking polaroids of the whole day too! There was only one rule to the day. I was not allowed to go into the bag of surprises. And like some who hates to ruin a good surprise, I didn’t. And I didn’t think twice about all the extra fun. I was merely caught up in the excitement of it all.
Our first stop was Top of the World in Laguna to watch the sunrise. As the sun came over the ridgeline and flooded the valley below, Kyle pulled out our bibles and we had a beautiful time reading.
Then holding hands the whole way, we drove to the Penguin Cafe for breakfast. Here we shared our meals. I love to share food but back then Kyle didn’t so this was a huge delight to me! Also, just a side note at this cafe you can order one slice of french toast!!! As someone who can’t eat a lot nor handle a lot of sweets, this was amazing!
After our yummy breakfast, we went on a ridgeline hike in Laguna with a stunning view of the ocean. It was clear and lovely and we had a wonderful time talking away. Next, we drove home and made smoothies (another favorite). And then we read for a couple of hours and had a good beer. Relaxing afternoons reading in the sun with a cold beer is the ideal weekend activity!
As the sun started to lower on the horizon, Kyle let me know that our next activity was a fancy picnic. I hopped in the shower and put on a pretty dress, and didn’t think twice about anything. It wasn’t until Kyle made a comment about my hair as we were about to leave that stopped me in my tracks and made me think, is Kyle going to propose!?!