Elaina and Matt
How We Met
Matt and I met in 2014 at University. He was a freshmen, I was a senior. He plays hockey, I played volleyball. I first heard about him from a friend on my team – I’ve always had a thing for red heads and she thought he fit the script. We met. I thought he was cute but I wasn’t looking for a relationship. I was young, I was inexperienced, I was afraid, and I was stubborn. I was also taken back when I found out he was from Saskatchewan, CA (30 hours away). He went home for the summer and we lost touch. Throughout that summer there were a lot of growing pains 1. I crushed Matt – I still don’t exactly know the damage I did 2. I was determined to find myself – graduated college an all. So I did. I told myself I wouldn’t date until I found a man who put God on the top of his list. I prayed and hoped and dreamt of it. That fall, when he came back to PA for school we found ourselves talking again. I had a lot of mending to do, yet he continued to pursue me. He took me on my first date, and we have been inseparable ever since. That summer God redeemed my brokenness, my immaturity, my bitterness and blessed me with my soulmate.
how they asked
Before Matt went home for another summer, we spoke about getting engaged, we looked at rings and Matt asked my dad for my hand. At the end of the summer my family and I planned a road trip to visit Matt and his family in Saskatchewan, CA. We hung out at Matt’s house most of the time and had plans to go to Banff National Park in Alberta for a weekend. As we had a blast exploring SK and the beauty of Banff. I kept asking Matt if we could catch a sunrise over the mountains one morning while we were in AB. He didn’t seem keen on it but we decided to wake up at 4 on Sunday to go see Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Around 8 am on August 13th Matt asked me to marry him while we watched the sun peak over the mountains at Moraine Lake.
God painted the most beautiful sunrise for us, with the most amazing weather – there had been forest fires all summer but the sky was smoke free that morning. The whole trip I found my mind wondering off and thinking; When is he going to do it? Where is he going to do it? How is he going to do it? Is it even going to happen this trip? Each time those thoughts crept up I would shift my focus. I just wanted to enjoy our trip, the time we were having with Matt’s family, my family and friends. What shifted my focus that morning was my devotional and the breathtaking scenery on our drive to Moraine Lake. My devotion read “When My people wear sour faces and walk through their lives with resigned rigidity, I am displeased.” Than it went on to say, “When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me, your ever-present Shepherd. The more you focus on My Presence with you, the more fully you can enjoy life.” While I was reading this, I wasn’t sure at that time what the Holy Spirit was telling me. Now I look back at it and am covered with so many emotions. The first verse at the end of my reading was, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” —which means, “God with us.” —Matthew 1:23.
That morning God was totally with us. I’m still in awe of that imperfectly, perfect Sunday morning spent with my future husband… with a secret photographer to capture each moment.