Joshua and Amanda

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How We Met

I met Amanda on Hinge. The first night we “matched”, we talked for a bit and then she gave me her home phone number. I immediately called the number and introduced myself and said then said good night because I had to wake up early the next morning. We then played phone tag for the following week and eventually found a time both of us could meet…which for us busy people was at 10:30 pm on a Thursday night at a bowling alley. I reserved a lane for us and I can distinctly remember seeing her walk into the empty bowling alley, look at me, and make a beeline towards the bathroom to do an outfit change.

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As I come to find out later, she was finishing work at her shop and ended up washing her hands with Pine-sol so she needed to freshen up at the alley. 15 minutes later the bowling alley closes and we’ve now known each other for 15 minutes, but I knew from this moment on my life would never be the same. She suggested we get some food at a Ramen restaurant (which mind you, I don’t like Ramen) to which my response was, “Ramen sounds great!”

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We spent the next two hours at the Ramen restaurant introducing ourselves, getting to know our backgrounds, our families, our hopes, and dreams. As the night went on, the more I fell in love with this woman. We ended our night getting Slurpees at 7-Eleven at 2 in the morning, each of us knowing that we have to get up early to go to work the next day. As I drove off back home that night, I knew I needed to see her again. 2 years later and we still are loving every moment we have with each other!

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How They Asked

I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Amanda months before I asked her. I had asked her dad for her hand in marriage and received his blessing back in November of 2019. She and I had also talked about marriage a lot, so she knew something was coming soon!

The day: February 17th, 2020. I had this date in mind for a while because it seemed to be perfect timing. February 14th was Valentine’s Day and a Saturday…I could convince Amanda to have her hair and nails done before I’d ask her on that Monday (with her thinking it’s for our Valentine’s Day date later that night). I let her sister and her mom know about it and they were ecstatic.

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The location: Griffith Observatory. We had gone on a few picnic dates here and absolutely loved it. There was a really nice hike we would do to go up to the observatory…very beautiful views. I also knew that because the 17th was a holiday, there wasn’t going to be a lot of people there. I had mapped out exactly where I was going to ask her…there is a beautiful lookout area over the entire LA area. We had taken photos there before on our previous picnics, so I knew this was the place to be.

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The details: I let my sister Tori and her sister Angela know that this was the place I was going to ask. I wanted a Mexican blanket with sunflowers (her favorite flowers) and photos of us from over the years to be in the spot for me to ask. I was also planning on asking her around 4:15/4:30 pm because I knew the light was going to look perfect at that time…just the time when the sun is setting low with those extraordinary colors. I also had a really good friend who is an incredible photographer and he was more than willing to help capture this special moment.

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The moment: Amanda and I hiked up the path to the observatory and had a wonderful picnic up at the top of the grassy area. During that time, Tori, Angela, and Andy (my photographer friend) set up the blanket, flowers, and photos in the area I had planned. After Amanda and I had the picnic, we hiked down to the spot and I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. It was the best moment of my life (She said yes!). To have my sister and her sister there as a part of the entire moment was something so special I can’t describe in words.

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To celebrate afterward, I had a surprise party at a bowling alley with both of our families and friends. It was truly a blessing to have so many people there with us to enjoy this special chapter in our lives. Now to the next exciting part….the wedding!!

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Special Thanks

Tori Smith
 | Planning
Angela Maldonado
 | Planning
Andy Lau
 | Photographer