Jaslean and Luke

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How We Met

Our first date was at Fox Wine winery in the “Funk Zone” of Santa Barbara. I’ll never forget the moment I saw him- he had the biggest smile on his face and I just immediately knew this guy was going to be a good one. The date went so well that he invited me to a co-worker’s surprise party afterward! Little did I know this was his plan. He told me months later that “if the date went well I’d ask you to come with me, but if it didn’t I at least had a reason to escape” which honestly was a great tactic on his end. Don’t worry guys- I made it to the party! The next day I met him at a coffee shop where we ended up spending 7 hours talking about life, books, etc. I thought to myself “I just spent 7 hours at a coffee shop with this guy and never once got bored- this has to be a great sign” fast forward and a month later he asked me to be his girlfriend at Hendrys Beach. Little did I know 2 years later he would pop the question at this exact spot”!🤣

How They Asked

Every Friday Luke and I go on an afternoon run at Hendrys Beach. It was just another Friday and I remember luke saying “hey you should wear that cute running outfit my mom gave you for Christmas! We need to send her a pic in it” I was like “why would I look cute on a run?” (Well little did I know that was a blessing in disguise). We got to the beach and started the run- he all of sudden stopped and said “omg! Do you see that dolphin?!” So I keep looking at the water trying to find it saying “what are you talking about I don’t see anything?! You’re crazy!” Well… I turn around and see him down on one knee with a beautiful ring and instantly start crying.

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I basically blacked out so thank goodness he kept it short and sweet and said “Jaslean Ahuja, I love you will you marry me”. To top off the perfect moment behind luke was my sister and brother-in-law (they flew in from AZ) and best friends to document the moment! They were hiding behind a little cliff.

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We popped champagne on the beach and the rest was history. It was absolutely perfect and I realized it was the exact same spot he asked me two years earlier to be his girlfriend ♥️ The best part is two weeks ago when I thought he was “camping” he actually flew to Arizona for a quick 24-hour trip only to surprise my parents and ask for their blessing in person. I’m truly one lucky person.

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Special Thanks

Nick Walden
 | Photographer
 | Planning