Elizabeth and Destiny

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How We Met

We met while we were servers working together at a restaurant in 2015 and we quickly became friends. We started off as just friendly co-workers of course and then what truly connected us was being vegetarian, so I thought, I told destiny about a vegan restaurant that I loved and told her it was so good and she should try or we could go together because at that time it was hard to find a vegetarian friend. Haha. She said yeah sounds good but we never actually planned it. So eventually when she reminded me about it was by saying, “When are you gonna take me out on that date?”

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And I was like, Huh….“Whenever?!” But then I started to think about it…I started to think wait, does she mean like a date date? So I got advice from my best friend Dawne and then we both started thinking maybe she meant more, maybe she like liked me…in a “more than a friend” kinda way. I was nervous, excited, and intrigued all at the same time. So I did not mention anything to destiny but then we started to hang out and become really close friends. Working together often, hanging out a lot, and texting just about every day…all day!

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Eventually, we both realized that we liked each other more than just friends and start dating, we dated for about a full month then Destiny asked me to be her girlfriend on February 8, 2016, in the cutest way. She asked permission from all my sisters and then got off work early and surprised me with a puppy! She gave me a Valentine’s card asking me to be her Valentine and Girlfriend. We have been together for almost five years and so excited to get married!

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How They Asked

I, Elizabeth, was actually the one to ask Destiny the BIG question. I told her that my photographer “friend” Katie was a “new” photographer and wanted more lesbian couples to put into her portfolio. Katie was not new at all and had plenty of LGBT couples & experience, but Destiny did not know that! Tehe. So, in a nutshell, I was able to plan it all out and pick out her outfit, get her nails done (insider.lol) and pick the time and location, destiny just went with the flow which was great and made it so easy on me. The day started out great; we woke up pretty early to work out, walk our dogs, eat, and then get ready. Then we were on our way headed to Temecula. So jumping right into the story…

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We arrived at the winery just in time for one wine tasting. We each (Destiny, Dawne, and myself) got our different sets of wine to taste and then purchased a glass and a bottle. Destiny and Dawne went to grab a table while I waited for Katie to get there. I recorded myself and then met up with Katie when she arrived. Katie, our photographer, and I walked around the Vineyard to find the perfect spot which I already had planned my perfect spot and a backup plan just in case. As Katie and I were walking around we rehearsed what was going to happen. After we rehearsed about twice I was extremely nervous and said, “Let’s just do it already, I’m going to go get her.” I went to the patio to grab my glass of wine & Destiny. We started the photo shoot, and Katie did some warm-ups shots to get us comfortable and after about 10 minutes of shooting Katie took us over to our spot which I knew was my cue spot. Dawne was there too… “just holding our stuff” but she was truly getting ready to record it all.

Katie took a few gorgeous photos of us and then had both of us turn around and close our eyes with our backs towards each other and had to think about the first time that we had ever kissed.

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She then kept talking to us to have us get a better vision of that moment in our head she then said that we were going to turn around on the count of three and reenact that first kiss. I knew that was my cue so I anxiously turned around first, took the ring out of my top, and got down on one knee anxiously waiting for Destiny to turn around. As Destiny turned around and opened her eyes, I was on one knee asking her to spend the rest of her life with me!

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She was completely shocked and even said, “Shut the Fuck Up!” Hahaha, but if you know Destiny you know that it completely fits her personality. I then started to nervous laugh so loud and then quietly asked will you marry me.? She said YES! of course, and then started to cry. We hugged and kissed and then continued with our beautiful photoshoot! After our whole photoshoot was finished I had some friends and family meet us at the winery to celebrate, drink some wine, and dance which we did. It was the perfect proposal and a perfect evening!

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Special Thanks

Katie Iredale
 | Photographer