Rachel and Brodie

how we met

Brodie and I first met in the fall of 2017 when I was on staff with a four-month Christian discipleship program in southern California, and he came as a student. There was clearly nothing going on between us during that time, but when he came on staff the following year we started getting to know each other more. We always hung out in groups together, but our friendship is what led to us eventually becoming more.

how they asked

Some background before I get into the details of that day: Brodie lives in southern California where we met, and I’m originally from northern Virginia. This past Christmas I decided to stay home for a few months with my family, with the plan of officially moving to the west coast once we were engaged. I was supposed to fly out for Easter to visit him (and potentially become his fiancé), but the trip got canceled due to COVID-19. My friend Karis texted me to see if I’d be up for a photoshoot, one because she’s been dying to take photos since all her wedding shoots aren’t happening, and two just to spend time with me while I’m home. I previously had suspicions that Brodie might try to fly out and surprise me, but on this day I had absolutely none. As I was posing for the camera, I felt a light tap on my shoulder, turned around, and there he was. Completely taken by surprise, I stepped away from him and couldn’t believe what was happening. Brodie got down on one knee and began reciting Ephesians 5:22-33, a passage from the Bible about what it means to be a husband and a wife. As I laughed, cried, and felt every emotion in between, he asked me to marry him… and I said “Yes!” We hugged after two months of long-distance, stood in that moment in awe of the new commitment we just made to each other, and Karis captured it all on camera. The proposal was more special than I could have ever imagined, and the surprise was better than I thought he’d be able to pull off.

Special Thanks

Karis Marie Photography
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