There are no amount of words to describe the feeling when you see the love of your life down on one knee in front of you. Literally no words….because I forgot to say yes! But before I get to the proposal, let’s go back to the beginning.
My fiance JP is the sweetest man you will ever meet. He is the absolute man of my dreams, supportive, loving, compassionate….but a terrible planner. So needless to say, I was nervous. Not because he wouldn’t pull it off, but because I didn’t want to find out! We had been together for over 5 years and had been talking marriage for quite some time, so I knew it was going to happen soon. I also knew he would have to enlist the help of my trusted sister Lyle in order to pull this off. Her and I share one brain, so I knew if she stepped in I would be in a good place. I like to consider myself the least easy, easy going person. I equally like being in control as I like going with the flow. That’s a lie. I like being in control. :) So it killed me to not be involved in planning my own proposal ( I know, I’m a crazy person). One of my favorite things about this whole situation is that I didn’t connect any of the dots – I was truly, truly caught off guard. So much so that my hair wasn’t done and I wasn’t wearing a bra… but that my friends, is the true result of being surprised.
June 2nd, the night we got engaged, was the evening before my birthday. In the weeks leading up to this date, JP had asked me repeatedly if he could take me out for a birthday dinner on this night, a moment he knew would be just us two. This isn’t anything out of the norm for him, especially because being two LA natives, both of our families are local and we tend so spend large amounts of time with them, especially on birthday weekends. On that day, I took the day off work. Since my family is still in Calabasas, I drove out there to play with my two obsessions in this world, my standard poodle puppies Charlie & Luna. I was having such a great, care-free day, until I remembered it was 4PM. In Los Angeles. On a Friday. Needless to say, I sat in way to much stressful traffic getting back to Culver City and had minutes to get ready. Poor JP was sitting on our couch essentially having a nervous breakdown at how late I was. ***Side note, I am ALWAYS late, so he should have expected this. But even for me, this was cutting it close*** I didn’t know where we were going for dinner, but knew I had to be ready to go at 6PM. Whoops. Thankfully, Santa Monica is not that far from us and we somehow made it there in record time (only 15 minutes late, I consider that a win!) He took me to the Huntley Hotel and we had a beautiful dinner at the restaurant on the top level. It was adorably full circle, since our first date was in Santa Monica.
So we are nearing the end of dinner, and the waiter is no where to be found. Like straight up left the restaurant, enjoying a martini and casual apps at the Bungalow under a cabana-kind of missing. JP is SWEATING. Again, not unusual – love you, hunny! But visibly was searching for the waiter so we could leave. I’m still clueless at this point, the wine probably helped with that… He finally shows up, asks us if we want dessert, JP was like “nope” and we were off. During dinner, JP asked if after I’d want to take a walk to see the ocean. I was all for it until I remembered I was supposed to be meeting my sister to go see Wonder Woman (#womensupportingwomen).
But obviously, unbeknownst to me, that was not the real plan. Since dinner ran so late, I told him I didn’t think we had time to go for a walk. He disagreed. (Now, this was unlike him – I’m truly blessed with a man who is a gem on this earth). Also, if anyone knows me, they know I don’t love walking, especially in heels. Now, you are probably thinking to yourself, “who doesn’t like walking?” Well, congrats – you met your first person. Anyways, he seemed to really want to go, so I obliged. We walked the two blocks to Ocean ave. AND OMG THERE WAS A STANDARD POODLE ACROSS THE STREET!! I had never been so excited. I started crossing towards the poodle, who also was in the direction of the ocean mind you, and NOPE – I got resistance. “But JP, the poodle is also on the way to the ocean”. “No Jen, I want to walk this complete opposite direction equally to the ocean”. I knew something was up.
The next sequence of events happened so fast, I honestly feel like I blacked out. I was also blessed with acquiring my mother’s nervous laugh. He clearly was trying to get to a specific destination. He was walking ahead of me very intentionally so he couldn’t look at my face. I would have LOVED to be any one of the innocent bystanders observing us two crazy people. One can’t stop laughing and the other was so nervous and speed walking, like he was getting chased but didn’t want to make a scene. We finally arrived at an arbitrary spot. I see this man in the distance adjusting his camera and quickly reconfigure to face us. My immediate thought was “that’s creepy, why is this man taking photos of us”…real romantic, I know. In a moment of panic, JP turned my body and asked me if I knew what that building was at the bottom of the California Incline. “Um…..it’s the Jonathan club?” As soon as I turned back around, he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him. I, having an out of body experience, instantaneously combust into tears, unable to move or speak. JP put the most beautiful ring on my finger and started smiling for our first pictures as an engaged couple. I am still ugly crying and trying to pull myself together.
As soon as I turned back around, he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him. I, having an out of body experience, instantaneously combust into tears, unable to move or speak. JP put the most beautiful ring on my finger and started smiling for our first pictures as an engaged couple. I am still ugly crying and trying to pull myself together.
As I started mildly coming back down to earth, trying to remember every proposal picture I’ve pinned since birth, JP tells me that all of my family and friends are at a location nearby. I. Cannot. Control. My. Emotions. We make it back to his car and JP turns to me and asks “so, is that a yes?” I can’t believe I forgot to answer him!!!
I was so caught up in the most special moment anyone has ever created for me, I forgot to respond with essentially the first word you are taught as a baby. Spoiler alert, I said YES! As we walk up to where everyone was, I see through these big glass windows all of the people who matter most to us. It was like the scene straight out of Big Fish where all the most important people in Edward’s life magically appear all in one place. I of course start ugly crying again. It was the most surreal and magical night of my entire life filled with so much love and happiness. I cannot wait to spend forever with the man that pulled it all off, and who also happens to share my same initials. #twoJPsinapod