Nina and Alex

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How We Met

We met in May 2014 at my prom after-party. Alex is a year older, and since we had a few mutual friends, he decided to crash our prom after-party to hang out with them. We chatted casually for a bit which lead to texting and then dating 3 months later and now here we are.

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How They Asked

We were in Joshua Tree California on a work trip. I own a swimwear line, and Alex is a videographer… we were out in the desert shooting for my new collection.

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We love documenting moments through vlogs, so I didn’t think anything of it when Alex suggested that we vlog our experience while out in the desert. Little did I know that when I wasn’t around, he was filming himself along with the team that joined us, talking about the proposal that was going to happen on the last day of our work trip at sunset!

He secretly flew out another photographer that we were friends with to “help shoot my swimwear collection”. Of Course, I didn’t think anything of it because I was full in on work mode and could use all the help I could get.

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On the last day of our trip, Alex suggested that we take advantage of the beautiful desert sunset and the fact that we had another photographer around, and take some couple pics! Again, this was something we were used to doing, so there were no red flags…. UNTIL he told me that he had a video to show me and wanted the photographer to capture my reaction.

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He pulled up his phone and a video started playing. On it was a video of him with my parents, his parents, and my sister, and highlight moments of our work trip. I was so interested in what was happening in the video when all of a sudden he paused it and RAN AWAY! I had no idea what was going on, so I ran after him to try and get him to show me the rest of the video. He yelled back to stay where I was and not move…

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He finally came back to my confused face and continued to play the video… at the very end it was a clip of him saying that there was something I didn’t know, and when I looked up he pulled out the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen, my DREAM ring and proposed!! Of course, I immediately said yes, as he has been my best friend/boyfriend for 8 years! When I asked him why he ran away, he said he realized halfway through the video that he was so busy trying to make the moment perfect that he forgot the most important part.. THE RING! He had accidentally left it in his bag and was so glad he remembered to grab it, even if it was at the very last second.

It was such an amazing moment and we all had a good laugh with our families about what had happened during the proposal.

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Special Thanks

Lexi Merico
 | Photographer