How We Met
Jen and I have been friends for about 5 years. We were both in other relationships but went through bad breakups at the same time. We bonded over the hard time we were both going through and realized our friendship was much more than we thought. Jen and I have very similar backgrounds and so many of the same hopes, dreams, and goals in life. She was the partner that I didn’t know I needed and I am forever grateful for her.
How They Asked
Jen and I moved to Arizona and our families live in LA. We go home often and had to go back on Halloween night because my grandpa was not recovering well from a surgery he just had. While we were driving home that night we got two flat tires along the way (amongst other chaos) and didn’t get home until 2 am. Jen woke me up at 5 am to go watch the sunrise at Topanga State Beach. I thought she was out of her mind but I figured we wouldn’t have any other time to see the beach (which is all I request during our trips home) so I was up for the adventure, on 3 hours of sleep. We grabbed a coffee, drove down to the beach, and watched the most beautiful sunrise I had ever seen. My birthday was the following week so Jen had two gifts in hand and told me she couldn’t wait any longer and wanted me to have them. The first gift was a camera (that I had been dying for) and the second was a book that she said she put together with pictures she already took using the camera. As I flipped through the book I realized she had gotten our families together weeks before and put together the most beautiful proposal book. I bawled, and when I got to the last page it was a picture of my whole family with a sign that read, ‘will you marry me’ and there she was on one knee. Although we had gone home for a family emergency, she managed to surprise me in the best way. She’s the light I need through any dark time and this just proved that. She also knew how much I wanted pictures of the proposal so my mom drove down right after us, hid in the lifeguard tower, and captured the most beautiful pictures. We spent the rest of the day at the hospital, and my grandpa is okay. It was a whirlwind of emotions that day but I wouldn’t have changed a thing.