Kirby and Brian

How We Met

I met Brian 5 years ago on Tinder. He was tall and his bio said he was from the UK. Even though I was excited to go on a date with a guy who had an English accent, he was my first Tinder date and up until about 5 minutes before leaving to meet him I was planning on canceling our date. I was nervous because dating apps were relatively new and honestly there are a lot of creeps out there. I made sure to have my best friend on standby with a fake emergency call scheduled about 45 minutes into the date. We met at Easy Tiger in downtown Austin. I came down the stairs and saw Brian sitting at the bar waiting for me. I went in for a hug and he went in for a handshake. Though it was pretty awkward I felt like I played it off pretty well. Months later he told me I wasn’t as smooth as I thought. We proceeded to have a 5-hour date during which I am pretty sure I did 90% of the talking. I already talk a lot. Pair that with nerves and liquor and I can’t stop. At the end of the date, he walked me to my car. After about a minute of standing there chatting, I asked him if he was going to “kiss me or not?” That night I told my roommate that I really liked him but was convinced I would never hear from him again because I was just too much for him to handle. Luckily, the next day he texted me asking for a second date and we have been together ever since.

How They Asked

My brother in law is stationed at Pearl Harbor, and this past spring break I planned a trip to go visit them. Brian couldn’t go because he recently started a new job and didn’t have the time off to join me. I was a little bummed but was excited to have some much-needed sister time. I arrived that Saturday afternoon and when my sister picked me up from the airport she told me that one of her fellow navy wives was shooting a wedding on the North Shore the following Saturday. Her friend had asked my sister and her husband to join her for a free photo shoot so she could test the lighting to prepare for the wedding. But since I was in town, she offered to do a sister photo shoot. I don’t know if it was the exhaustion from travel or my lack of knowledge about photography but it seemed like a plausible reason to go to the North Shore that night. And I loved the North Shore and was excited to be on the beach for sunset.

Where to Propose in North Shore, O'ahu, Hawaii

We got ready and drove out to the North Shore. We got out to the beach and my sister and brother in law started taking pictures together. Next, my sister and I started to take our photos. After we finished the photographer offered to take pictures of me. Who doesn’t want a free photo shoot on the beach in Hawaii at sunset? At one point I was told to turn around and face the camera. When I did that all I saw was Brian running towards me on the sand. All I could think to say was “what are you doing here?”

Engagement Proposal Ideas in North Shore, O'ahu, Hawaii

Brian ran up to me, gave me a kiss, said the sweetest things I hardly remember, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked and surprised. I could not believe he was able to pull off the surprise of the century. My sister, her husband, and some of her friends who helped in the whole scheme were waiting for us with a bottle of champagne. After celebrating we were able to take engagement photos on the beach. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!

Special Thanks

Kim Rossi
 | Photographer