Lexi and Daniel

how we met

As a 31 year old single son of a family with 5/6 married siblings, getting set up was nothing new to me. So, I became very used to tabling my excitement every time I was approached with the newest “perfect girl for me.” Little did I know, Lexi actually was.

On our 2nd date we went to the Arizona state fair. She didn’t know it then, but i knew i was going to marry her. I knew that it would have to be a long distance relationship, but i felt something that night that assured me that it would all be worth it.

Falling in love isn’t easy when your courtship only involves nightly two hour phone conversations and a few weekends together a month. The time that we spent together was so valuable to us and it left like the days counted for months sometimes. I spent most of my days counting down the minutes until I could see her next. iPhone countdowns and actual paper chain countdowns for a huge part of our early relationship. The smile on my face from our second date never seemed to wear off, and I still don’t think it has.

how they asked

Lexi swore that I would never be able to surprise her because I have a tendency to get too excited about things and usually end up spilling the beans. Which is 100% true. So, I racked my brain over and over about the best way to propose, because for once in our relationship, I wanted to be able to surprise her.

When Jennifer, a long-time family friend, and owner of Simple Means Events, asked us if we would be models for a shoot in Sedona, I knew that this was my chance. So I started working with Jennifer on making this the most incredible, and secretive proposal we could come up with. And I think we nailed it!

After hair and make-up, Lexi met me down by the water to begin the shoot. When she walked around the bend I felt my heart pound right through my new suit because I knew that both of our lives were going to change forever, and she didn’t even know it. I could barely talk and I could only look at her with what she referred to as, “googly eyes.” I’m grateful that the pictures only captured the smiles and happy tears, because what was happening inside my chest was an absolute mess.

Proposing to Lexi was the best decision I’ve ever made. Having it captured in the way was it was so truly special to us, and I’m so glad we’ll have these shots forever. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.

Special Thanks

Kim Skinner Photography
 | photographer
Braidz by Jade
 | Hair stylist
Erin Pace Makeup
 | makeup artist
Mint Green Design
 | floral design
Modern March
 | calligrapher