Stephanie and Shawn

imageShawn and I have a huge passion for travelling and backpacking through new countries. We had planned an incredible trip through Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. We had only been dating for just over a year so I definitely wasn’t expecting a proposal, even though we both knew after our first month of dating that we had found our ‘perfect person’ in one another.

After a 7 hour bus ride from Guayaquil to Banos, Ecuador, we decided to spend our first day renting ATVs for the beautiful, scenic drive up the mountains to reach La Casa del Arbol (the swing at the end of the world!)

The wooden swing was attached to a two-story treehouse, swinging out 2600 metres above mountain ranges and the Tungurahua volcano. After surviving the swing, Shawn made his way up the treehouse to see the stunning view from the top. I joined him a couple of minutes later and I was so amazed by the view, that I was totally oblivious to what was going on behind me. I turned back towards Shawn, to see him down on one knee with the most gorgeous diamond ring asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. With tears running down my face, I yelled ‘YES!’ just as another tourist came up the treehouse to take pictures for us. The timing couldn’t have been better! After enjoying the moment together, we headed down from the treehouse to the sounds of cheering from the tourists below. It was the most perfect day!