How We Met
Paul and I met 9 years ago when I was a sophomore in high school and he was a senior. My cousin and him both worked summer youth basketball camps where I would volunteer and that’s pretty much how we met. My cousin’s son, who played in the basketball camp likes to take all of the credit for making our relationship happen since he technically spilled the beans to Paul that I had a crush on him. It was love at first sight, for me at least, but Paul had a girlfriend at the time so it didn’t work out. We didn’t really talk after that summer until a year later he randomly texted me during a guy’s trip he was at in San Francisco and I was getting ready for my junior prom. A few months later we officially reconnected, started dating, and we’ve been best friends ever since. This year will be 8 years of us being together!
How They Asked
The weekend of the proposal was a definite surprise. Initially, we were in Temecula to celebrate Paul’s birthday! I had created a Facebook event for him and everything! We rented an Airbnb and invited all of our close friends to come hangout at the wineries. The morning of the proposal was business as usual. Wake up, make up, and prepare for a fun day of wine tasting. We hopped into the car and arrived at Somerset Winery. Our friends, who are locals, wanted to show us a new area that the winery just opened up. We walk over to the side patio to find no tastings being poured so our friend went to scout another area. When he found it, he led us to the courtyard with an archway entrance lined with rose bushes. On the rose bush was a huge banner which was a timeline of photos of me and Paul and I instantly knew what was going on once I saw them. It was uncontrollable waterworks. Our song “Better Together” by Jack Johnson played in the background and as we walked down memory lane, Paul reminded me of all of our amazing memories together. Each year since we met had photos attached to the year and each photo was thoughtfully picked out by Paul. He had told me that he printed over 120 pictures and had a really hard time choosing which ones to add to the banner. The last few photos of the banner showed him at dinner with the ring asking my parents for their blessing.
When we got to the end of the timeline he had me close my eyes and guided me to the middle of the courtyard. He then told me to open my eyes and standing there were all of our friends and family. Our parents, siblings, and cousins were all in on the surprise!
Obviously, I started bawling again and turned around to see Paul down on his knee. The next few minutes were a blur to me since I was both so surprised, happy, and crying all at once. I don’t remember what he had said to me exactly but he reminded me of how much he loved me and said “Will you marry me?” With tears in my eyes I said yes and hugged him so tight! There were more water works and ugly crying from the both of us as you will see in the video. Warm hugs went around and Paul gave the sweetest speech. He also explained the significance of the date which was July 20th, 2019. Our favorite numbers are seven and twenty and we noted that we wanted to get married on that day which fell on a Saturday. Although a wedding wasn’t in the books on that day, the perfect proposal was!
After all of the festivities Paul gave me the whole break down of the process of his proposal idea. He told me he had the ring back in April even before we started ring shopping together. We were in Temecula the weekend before the proposal hanging out with our friends and when the girls stayed home to sun bathe at the pool, the boys went off to the gym, or that’s what I thought. Little did I know, Paul had went to the winery and asked the manager if he could propose there. Everyone, and I mean everyone but me knew what was going to happen. Our engagement was the most perfect day, I couldn’t have asked for anything better! I can’t wait for our wedding day celebrating our love with the people we love the most!