Austyn and David

Engagement Proposal Ideas in In the foothills in Orange country

How They Asked

I wanted to take some time and be sure that I wrote down how David popped the question. I don’t want to forget a single second of that moment, the happiest day of my life. Everyone keeps reminding me how wonderful this time is in our relationship, to enjoy it and soak it up. That is exactly what I am going to do. It has been a little over a week since I became David Waid’s fiancé and I am still on cloud nine. David explained it perfectly the other day. He said, “You know those days where you have such a good day nothing can upset you.. this is like that but it’s been a week.” And he is exactly right. I find myself still surprised to see a ring on my finger and I have to ensure myself that yup.. that really happened. Then smile and relive the whole moment over and over in my head. I want to hold on to this moment forever.

People keep telling me that David knows me so well, and he mastered the perfect proposal for me. But really he mastered the perfect proposal for us. I remember one of our first dates hiking Sabino Canyon talking about our perfect proposal. I said I wanted somewhere exclusive and at the end with all my family to celebrate, then David said he wanted something totally unexpected, not traditional, but whatever he wanted to do, he wanted it professionally photographed. And that is exactly what he did. He caught me so off guard. I had to ask him and the photographer if I was dreaming and if this was real life?!

So Nichole is a photographer who has reached out to me on Instagram in the past to ask if David and I were interested in collaborating together styling a shoot for her photography portfolio. So when she asked if I wanted to work with her and some new vendors, I didn’t think anything was out of the ordinary. I’ve been so busy with work the last couple months, it took me a while to get back to her and commit to a day we were both in California. Little did I know David was the one who reached out to Nichole to set up this photo shoot.

David has never given me a timeline of when he thought we would be engaged or even married. Every time I brought up the questions he would give me ridiculous answers like 4-6 years or “I’m adding a year every time you ask” so I totally had to make up a time frame in my head. For someone who I know so well, usually most of the time, I can read what he’s thinking when he’s thinking it. Man! I had no freaking clue what he’d been up to the last four months.

So back to the shoot! Nicole had us back to back posing away, then had me walking away from David with my back to him. While I was walking away he got ready!! Nicole then told me to turn around and that is when I saw him, on one knee… And out came the words, “Austyn Marie Estelle Squire, I’ve wanted to ask this question for a really long time. Will you marry me?” I was In complete shock. I thought this must be a dream, because (side note) I’ve been having weird dreams about the wedding because ALL of my friends decided to get married this year!! But it wasn’t!! That just really happened, I am a fiancé and I get to marry the man of my dreams!!

Believe it or not, the surprise doesn’t stop there. He told me that he had dinner reservations for us to celebrate closer to home and we needed to make our way over there. The overthinker I am, I thought he would probably have a few of our couple friends who live close by to celebrate. But I was not expecting my friends and family from all over the country to pop out and surprise me with open arms and champagne showers!!

Austyn's Proposal in In the foothills in Orange country

Proposal Ideas In the foothills in Orange country

Austyn and David's Engagement in In the foothills in Orange country

The whole weekend was an engagement party. I told David this weekend might have been the best weekend of my life because I didn’t have to plan a single thing. I just showed up and all my people were there for me to celebrate our next adventure in life. Our wedding is going to have very big shoes to fill. This day was the happiest day of my life.

Special Thanks

Nikki Foy
 | Photographer
The Upper Bloom
 | Florist