Arin and Andrew

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How We Met

Working in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico on a massive drilling rig is certainly the last place I expected to meet the love of my life, but almost 3 years later and it’s still my favorite story. I was early into my oil and gas career, sent to a new rig, and completely out of my element when Andrew struck up a conversation with me in the galley. We spent the rest of the hitch shamelessly flirting with one another and had our first date scheduled before we were even on our days off.

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(we had just met, so don’t have any photos together offshore, but I had this illustration made by one of my favorites @carolinehainescreative)

How They Asked

We booked a trip to Sedona the week of my birthday, and Andrew told me I could plan whatever I wanted with the exception of one day. I knew whatever he had planned was my “birthday gift” and on the morning of, he shared that it would involve some hiking but that I would still probably want photos and should dress accordingly (an impossible task, but nevertheless).

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We showed up early that evening to Marry Go Round Rock and hopped in a Jeep for a rough ride up to the scenic points with our guide. She acted like a total amateur and suggested that she didn’t mind snapping a few casual photos for us, which completely threw me off of any suspicions for the evening. So when Andrew dropped to one knee as we were standing on the edge of a cliff, I completely lost it. It was truly the most special moment and the beautiful photos are just the icing on the cake. I haven’t stopped staring at them since.

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Special Thanks