Jordan and Tylar

How We Met

I had the BIGGEST crush on Tylar when I was in 7th grade. We grew up in a small town, so we were bound to meet eventually, but it happened at the perfect time. We started dating the summer after my sophomore year of high school. I was 16 when we met and it felt like we’d known each other forever— the connection was SO strong. A month later, after a night of stargazing and playing the guitar + singing for him, he drove me back to my house to see a bouquet of flowers and my favorite candy sitting on my front porch. That night, on August 18, 2012, he asked me to be his girlfriend and we’ve been madly in love ever since. Every day has felt like the honeymoon phase. We ended up going to the same university and living together our senior year. After graduation, we moved across the country to California together where we really started our life together. I feel so lucky.

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(these were the flowers and candy on my front porch that night!)

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How They Asked

7 years ago, Tylar asked me to be his girlfriend after a night of stargazing with flowers and my favorite candy on my front porch. 5 years ago we visited my brother in CA and went to Laguna Beach, my favorite place in the world, to watch the sunset. 5 years ago, Tylar planned this proposal— To take me back to the moment I shared my favorite place in the world with him for the first time, but this time, to share my favorite place in the world with him forever.

On the evening of October 3rd, I got ready for a casual photoshoot for my fashion blog with my friend Rohn in Laguna Beach. I suspected nothing. We said hello, hugged, and headed towards the location while catching up. Once we got to the bottom of the stairs at Victoria Street beach, Rohn hands me his phone with a video of tylar explaining that he didn’t go to work today but instead spent the whole day preparing for something special. He told me to walk down the stairs to the first post and read the letter inside of the lantern. He’d set up 4 wooden posts with lanterns hanging from them along the beach. Inside the lanterns were love letters, each promising me something for the rest of our lives.

He always signs the end of his love letters with a Shakespearean poem that reads “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.” Each of these letters ended with one line from it. After I finished reading the last letter, I walked around the corner where he was waiting for me with the biggest smile on his face. He was standing beside the same bouquet of flowers and candy that sat on my front porch when he asked me to be his girlfriend in 2012. He told me he wanted to tell me his last promise in person— that he’d love me forever. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. “But never doubt I love” was engraved on the inside of the ring.

I grew up watching countless romantic comedies and practically worshiping Nicholas Sparks. On Thursday, my life surpassed anything I’d ever seen on film or read in a romance novel. I am the luckiest and happiest woman on Earth to be marrying my best friend. Never in my life did I think the guy I swooned over in 7th grade would become my fiancé. Never in my life did I think I would get to marry my high school sweetheart. This was, without a doubt, the easiest decision of my life. I SAID YES!

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Special Thanks

Rohn Starling
 | Photographer