Natalie and Ryan

How We Met

It was 2014 and I had just moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles. I matched with Ryan on Hinge, a dating app that was brand new to San Francisco at the time. This was my first introduction to Hinge and I was pretty skeptical.

After exchanging a few messages, we decided we would meet at Outside Lands as we were both planning on attending that weekend. I would be with my sister and it was a public space, so I would be safe. Turns out I got violent food poisoning from a taco truck and left the festival early, puking with my sister by my side.

I was so sick that I completely forgot about the meet up and totally blew it off. Funny enough, we ended up bumping into each other at the same neighborhood bar the following Friday night and we instantly clicked. Five years later, we’re engaged!

What’s crazy is we later learned that we lived in the same apartment building at the same time in London two years prior but never met. Talk about a missed connection! I’m glad fate brought us together.

How They Asked

We were visiting Charleston from San Francisco for a quick weekend to celebrate my friend’s baby shower. I went to her shower on Saturday and we were scheduled to fly out Monday afternoon.

On Sunday night, I got a text from my girlfriend who we spent the weekend with asking if we wanted to meet her and her husband in the park for a coffee and a stroll before our departure. She suggested we meet in White Point Garden at 8 am, which sounded a little early as we were still on West Coast time, but I figured it was a nice opportunity to say goodbye as we don’t get to see them often.

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As we approached the park, I was surprised at how beautiful it was. The sun was out, we were right on the water and the birds were chirping. Ryan had been secretly texting with the photographer he hired, pretending it was our friends who he was communicating with. I was wandering around taking photos and soaking up the beautiful scenery, not noticing his nerves. He called me over to a quiet part of the park where he was standing and told me our friends weren’t going to make it. He seemed a bit nervous but was hiding it well – then he started getting sweet and sentimental. It took me a while to process that he was actually proposing. Once he got down on one knee, it hit me. I was in shock and so overwhelmed with happiness.

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Gentlemen, if you’re looking to surprise your lady – propose at 8 am on a Monday and she’ll never see it coming! Turns out Ryan had a sweet reason for proposing when he did. He wanted the weather to clear (it had been overcast with chances of rain over the weekend) and he wanted the beautiful morning light for the photos. He nailed it!

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Natalie's Proposal in Charleston, South Carolina

Special Thanks

Marni Rothschild
 | Photographer