How We Met: Alex and I met online in June of 2013. One night, my best friend and I came across his profile and she convinced me to send him a message. I could immediately tell that we had a lot in common, we were both interested in making films (at the time I was studying fine art video and he was studying cinematography), we both had YouTube channels, and we both loved to travel.
We quickly became friends and planned to meet about two weeks later. Our first date was at a park in downtown Denver and was chaperoned by my chihuahua. We laid on a blanket in the grass, ate sandwiches and fruit, and colored with markers in a coloring book. We decided to get ice cream afterward and quickly realized that Alex left his wallet at home. He was embarrassed, but I couldn’t stop laughing. Fortunately, I had my wallet.
After our first date, we were inseparable. Two months later, we planned our very first trip to Disney World and Universal Studios. That sealed the deal for me.
how they asked: Alex and I have a long list of places we want to travel. We’ve started taking turns picking our next destination. In November of 2014, I chose Nepal and Cambodia, so in April of 2015, it was Alex’s turn. He chose Iceland. We rented a camper van and spent ten days traveling on Iceland’s Ring Road.
April is considered off season in Iceland, so there aren’t many other tourists and the weather can still be unfavourable. We went long stretches without seeing any other people, we camped in front of waterfalls, and we drove through a sand storm and a blizzard.
There are so many beautiful things to see in Iceland, but at the top of my list was the abandoned plane wreckage on Solheimasandur. We turned off Route 1 and made our way down the rocky black beach. The plane is only about a mile and a half from the road, but my anticipation made it feel like forever. When we finally parked the camper van near the plane, I quickly jumped out and began exploring.
I didn’t even notice when Alex put a small velvet ring box in his pocket. We climbed up onto the wing of the plane and the wind stopped. For the first time since arriving in Iceland, that we weren’t freezing and wind blown. That’s when Alex got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I could barely see through my tears, but I said YES.
We spent the rest of the trip exploring Iceland and taking our own engagement pictures.
Photos and Video by: Lisa Kingsbury Art