how we met
Tim and I have been friends since we were little kids. Both of our moms are teachers at the school that we went to from 2nd-12th grade. I guess you could call us “second grade sweethearts”. Our friendship got stronger year after year. When we were in 10th grade Tim finally told me that he liked me as more than a friend. I said “Duh, I have had a crush on you since second grade.” We have had our ups and downs over the years, but he has always been by my side. After graduating high school he gave me a promise ring and told me that we will get married when the time is right.
how they asked
Now, almost 22 years old, I knew a proposal had to be coming soon. Since January 1st, he has taken me on all these really nice dates or day trips, and I would tell myself, “Okay, this is the day.” I continued to tell myself to be patient. On Friday April 1st, Tim told me that we were going to brunch on Saturday. This was nothing new because we went to brunch a lot. He picked me up Saturday morning at around 9:30 and we started driving, and driving.
He finally told me that we were going to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix AZ. I asked, “Do they have food there?”. I was starving by this point, but Tim said to wait until after we walked around, then we would get food. I remember thinking for a split second, that maybe he is proposing today! I subtly looked at his pockets for a ring box when he got out of the car and watched to see if he brought a bag. We got out of the car, he grabbed his camera, and we started walking. He brings his camera everywhere. So I did not think any more of it. After walking through the beautiful garden, Tim found this spot off to the side with a big tree and a water feature. He starts taking pictures of me in front of it.
I turned around to read a plaque on the bench, and when I turned back around, Tim was down on one knee holding the film camera open with a stunning ring inside where the film should have been. I was in shock. He asked “Christie, will you marry me”? Through the tears, I muttered the word “Yes”.
Vintage cameras and photography is something special to us, but I never suspected that he had the ring hiding in his camera. When I leaned in to give him a hug, I saw people taking pictures.
I got excited because I thought some nice tourists were taking pictures for us, but I was even more excited to find out it was our friends Hector Orellana and his daughter Ashley. Tim had asked them to follow us around the Botanical Garden. They had been hiding in bushes and behind cactuses all day. They captured the moment for us with pictures and an amazing video. I am so blessed to be able to spend the rest of my life married to my best friend!