Joe and Maggie

How We Met

I first met Maggie while attending college at Chico State, back in 2007. We locked eyes immediately and were partners in a game of beer pong where I was more interested in chatting than the actual game. Through our college years, we were friends, dated and eventually became college sweethearts. However, after graduation, we took a break for a few years and entered the real world with jobs in different cities.

Proposal Ideas Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico

We reconnected in 2014 in San Francisco while we were both living and working there. The spark reignited instantly and before we knew it we were painting the town red every weekend and spending every moment together. We ended up moving into a beautiful apartment together near Golden Gate Park. Since moving in, we have traveled the world, rarely spent time apart, and have watched each other grow up. We love each other more now than ever and are so excited for what the future holds.

Joe's Proposal in Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico

How They Asked

Maggie was gifted with a decoy trip to Los Angeles for Christmas 2019. It was not until the day we left for the trip a few weeks later that she found out it was actually a trip to Mexico City. I came home that day and set up her surprise on the kitchen table. She was presented with a gift, freshly made margaritas, tequila shots and Vicente Fernandez’ “Las Llaves de Mi Alma (Keys to My Heart)” playing on the stereo system. She opened the gift to find a travel book to Mexico City. To say she was shocked was an understatement. We left for the airport that night, landing early in the morning in Mexico City.

We checked in and got ready at the Four Seasons and started walking to Castillo de Chapultepec, a timeless beautiful castle. I told her I had arranged a private tour. Upon arriving at the castle, I introduced Maggie to our “Tour Guide”, adding that she was going to take pictures of us as well (under the guise that it was part of the package). After reaching the most beautiful overlook on the property, I got down on one knee and asked Maggie to be my Queen forever. Tears were flowing on both sides and our hearts were pumping, and then she said: “A Million Times, Yes!” We spent the next five days and four nights seeing Mexico City, a city we had been dreaming of visiting for years. It truly was the most magical week of our lives.

Joe and Maggie's Engagement in Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico

Engagement Proposal Ideas in Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico

Special Thanks

Donna Irene Coelho
 | Photographer