Corban and Anele

How We Met

Anele Morris and I met in North Hollywood, California. I was an artist touring the country in a van and living in the park. Anele Morris is a South African actress who at the time near complete with a student visa. We met at a coffee shop, talked, exchanged contacts and went our separate ways. I am an Air Force Reserve photojournalist assigned the 4th Combat Camera Squadron out of Charleston, South Carolina. I had a 3-week assignment in Okinawa, Japan working with a special forces unit the day after meeting Anele. I couldn’t stop thinking about her and our conversation while I was out of country working.

Corban and Anele's Engagement in The Grand Canyon

Engagement Proposal Ideas in The Grand Canyon

When I got back to the states, I called her and asked if I could fly back to Los Angeles and spend more time with her. She accepted and I asked her to be my girlfriend. Shortly after, her visa expired and she had to move back to Cape Town, South Africa. I put my art life on hold for a couple months and moved with her. She was approved for an O-1 artist visa and we moved back to Hollywood together where we currently pursue our creative gifts.

Proposal Ideas The Grand Canyon

Corban's Proposal in The Grand Canyon

how they asked

Anele and I currently live in Hollywood, California. I work as an artist and she works as an actress. Our days our busy and often spent working around the clock. We took a week off to drive down to San Diego to visit my family for Thanksgiving and from there we kicked off a week long camping trip through Arizona. Our final stop on our camping trip was The Grand Canyon.

We arrived later than I wanted to. I knew I wanted to ask her to marry me on the cliffside of the canyon during sunset but I was losing sunlight fast. We escaped from the other tourists and found a beautiful place to catch the sunset together. I asked her to stand in front of my camera so we could take a picture. The camera was secretly recording and I dropped to a knee and asked her to marry me.

She said yes. Prior to our trip I spoke with her father Justice Ngcizela on the phone who currently still lives in South Africa. I asked for his daughters hand in marriage and he gave me his blessing. Now we are fulfilling lobola, a South African Xhosa wedding tradition.

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Special Thanks

Corban Lundborg
Corban Lundborg
Corban Lundborg