Gracie and Jessica

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How We Met

Jessica and I met like many queer couples, online! When I came across her Tinder profile, I don’t think I ever swiped right so fast. I immediately knew she was something special and agonized about what to send her. It turns out, she was feeling the same way! We met up at a Brewery in Bellingham, WA for our first date, and were both so happy to see that we clicked in real life just as well as we did online. We spent our dinner connecting over our love for cats, creativity, and corny jokes. The rest is history!

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How They Asked

I had my eye out for rings basically from the beginning of our relationship, so I had plenty of time to plan something very special. I am a very type-A person and had everything planned down to the detail. I book an amazing photographer to capture the moment, worked with a designer to set up a romantic picnic, and invited Jessica’s entire family to come into town to surprise her afterward. Unfortunately, the venue I had planned for 4 months fell through 2 weeks before the proposal and I was stuck searching for something new! I spent an entire day driving around Spokane looking for a scenic view when I came across Mount Spokane. The view was breathtaking and I knew I had found my spot. I re-coordinated all of the people involved and things started to feel real!

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On the morning of the proposal, September 12th, I woke up the entire city of Spokane fogged with thick smoke from the West Coast wildfires. The AQI was over 490, and it was considered extremely hazardous to be outdoors. Luckily, my amazing photographer had a local friend who owned a beautiful photography studio downtown that she was willing to let us use. I spent the day running around buying flowers, (flameless) candles, and food for the event, while trying to update all of the vendors of the new location. Jessica’s wonderful family helped me keep everything a surprise, and dropped off everything we needed at the studio.

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I tried to maintain my cool so that Jess wouldn’t know what was going on. I asked her if she would like to go out for a date night, and requested that she get dressed up. Apparently, this is what gave me away, because Jessica slipped a ring for me in her purse before we left.

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When we showed up to the studio I was terrified because I had no idea what space was going to look like. As I opened the door, it was everything I could have ever hoped for and so much more. There were candles lining the floors, a beautiful picnic set up, and our favorite song playing. I said a few special words for Jessica and got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. SHE SAID YES!

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And just when I thought it was over, she grabbed her purse and pulled out a ring for me as well. The joy in my face is evident in the photos. It turns out, even the most organized person can’t control everything surrounding a proposal, and it is way better that way. I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with my soul mate and best friend.

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Special Thanks

Tori Osteraa
 | Photographer
Toni Olson
 | Designer
Clarin Joy
 | Studio Owner