Haylee and Tim

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How We Met

Tim and I met like most couples nowadays do – online. At the beginning of the year, my mom was nagging me to give it a try and she said she’d foot the bill so I begrudgingly agreed, mostly to appease her because she was like a dog with a bone on this subject. After a few duds, I came across a really sweet guy who was cute and kept my attention. We chatted online for a few weeks, then emailing, and finally texting. After a few months of talking every day, we decided we either needed to meet or just call it quits since we did live quite far from each other. I live in “Farm Town, USA” (the Central Valley of California) and Tim lives on the Oregon Coast. We decided to meet in Portland, OR and he took me to Chick-Fil-A (my favorite)…and from that moment, we knew there was something special at work that was much greater than either of us knew. I’ve always been a firm believer that God has His own perfect timing, even if we don’t understand it. This was no exception.

How They Asked

We made it a point to see eachother every few weeks. This was no special weekend, and clearly, I expected nothing since I packed the comfiest casual outfits when usually, I pack something cute and one of my go-to big hats. Honestly, I thought he’d do it during our Thanksgiving vacation to Palm Springs later in the month. Sunday we went to our fav little brunch spot, then headed to Redding to go look for these boots I’d been wanting. After shopping, lunch, and more shopping, Tim was flat outdone. We hopped in the car to head back to the hotel. Clearly, I’m not very observant because after about 20 minutes of driving I noticed something didn’t seem right. I asked Tim, “are we supposed to be on a two-lane road?” to which he replied with “are you just now noticing this? I’m being spontaneous. I can be spontaneous!” so I just enjoyed the hour-long drive that seriously had the best scenery.

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It was around 2:30 and Tim just kept saying how he wanted to see the sunset…but I was so confused because sunset wasn’t until 5:00. We ended up at Lassen Volcanic National Park around 3:15 and it was so pretty. We got out at Emerald Lake to check it out. We were standing there looking at this beautiful lake and then he turned toward me and started to get on one knee, to which the true romantic that I am blurted out “oh sh*t” but I promise, I was more than excited about this. Tim had planned the sweetest proposal and had even hired a photographer to capture the whole thing, and that is why he was so adamant about the sunset and acting so moody all day. I’m not a fan of pictures but Amanda and her second shooter were awesome and made it really special. Tim had asked my dad if he could propose in advance because that was important to me, but I loved that he hadn’t told anyone when or where it was ever going to happen. 2020 has been a lot of things, but when it comes to love, it’s been extra special.

Image 2 of Haylee and Tim

Special Thanks

Amanda Flinn
 | Photographer