Dominique and Zach

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How We Met

Dominique and I have known each other for quite a while now. We grew up at our home church together and were involved in youth group since we were about 10 years old. We knew each other, but weren’t close friends until ten years later where we reconnected through a close friend, Nick, who lived right next door to her. Nick and I were really close, and Dom and Nick were close too.They even grew up with each other. After spending a lot of time at Nick’s house, Dominique continuously came around to hang out with us. The more I would see her, the more interested I became. She was beautiful, funny, she loved God and kids more than anyone I have ever met, and she was just a fun and silly friend to be around.

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We started hanging out more but I didn’t know if she had those same feelings as I did for her. A month and a half later she sent me this text that I will remember forever that said, “ok serious question, do you like me?” It took me over an hour and a half to respond because I didn’t know what to say and didn’t know if she had those same feelings for me as I did for her. From there we hit it off, started getting to know each other, face timed for hours on end, until the day I found the courage to ask her out on a date to the beach. As she fell asleep on the beach, I looked at her, smiled and told myself that this would be the girl that I will ask to spend the rest of her life with me.

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how they asked

I had known for quite a while how I wanted to propose. We started our journey together as a couple at Morro Rock in California. From the moment I asked her to be my girlfriend there, I knew that was the perfect and most beautiful place to ask the most beautiful woman to marry me. As we started talking about proposals (while we were still dating), the biggest thing Dominique said she wanted was all the people who have the biggest influence in her life there. The biggest challenge was getting 40+ people, 3 hours down the road to the beach, without the surprise being ruined. This took months of secret planning, emails, and texts to pull off. It started out with Dominique going on a “girls weekend trip” down to the beach with her friend Angela. Then that Saturday all 40+ of us met at Morro Rock, set up about 36 tiki torches all around the walkway to beach and then on the beach. I had twine set up around the tiki torches with pictures I had been collecting of us from the last year and a half.

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When Dominique got to Morro Rock she was greeted by her friend Sydney, who is a professional photographer. Sydney “just happened to be there” taking pictures. She then handed Dominique my laptop and had her watch a video I had been making for about five months. After the video Dominique was told to get out of the car and follow the tiki torches to the beach (where I was impatiently waiting for her). At each torch she was greeted with hugs and love from people who have a huge impact in her life. She was handed a rose and a sunflower from each tiki torch and then continued to go to the next torch.

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Finally, when she got down to the beach, she walked into a tiki torch circle my friends and I had set up. I greeted her with hugs, smiles and maybe a few tears and then proceeded to tell her how much I loved her. I told her that I don’t want do life with anyone else by my side and how she means everything to me. Then with 40+ of our closest friends and family watching from the hill above, I got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life by my side and to marry me!

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Our Video

Special Thanks

Sydney Bodi
 | Photographer