Maddie and Alex

Maddie's Proposal in Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ

How We Met

Alex and I met on our first day of orientation at the University of Arizona Law in August of 2015. I thought he had awesome shorts and was way too cool to be interested in me. Little did I know he thought I was cute and fun.

Proposal Ideas Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ

We became friends because of our ties to the South, our love for travel (we’ve been to 13 countries and 10 states together), our love of dogs, and our dual degrees; Alex graduated with his law degree in 2018 and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Genetics, I will graduate with my J.D. and my Master’s in Latin American Studies this May. I very quickly realized I liked him, and luckily he felt the same. We first kissed at a Halloween party at his house, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

How They Asked

On April 24, 2019, our friend Kelvin had graciously agreed to take some graduation photos for me. I also wanted to take some pictures with Kelvin, and his girlfriend Meaghan, in Saguaro National Park, because the wildflowers were out and about in Tucson and I had a dress that matched. Alex and I had been talking about getting engaged for a while, but I thought the ring wasn’t ready so I didn’t suspect a thing. That morning, I actually teased Alex that since we were going to be dressed up and taking beautiful pictures that it would have been a great time to propose. Alex apparently agreed, because he drove up to Phoenix that day to pick up the ring, even though he wasn’t sure it was ready when he got in the car. He only told Kelvin and Meaghan that he wanted the pictures to be our engagement photos hours before the actual proposal.

We hiked to a beautiful spot among the cacti, saw a rattlesnake, and he asked me to be his wife. I, tearfully, said yes.

Special Thanks

Kelvin Pond
 | Photographer
Meaghan Torvund
 | Photographer