Our Engagement Story
Last Friday Aaron and I headed up to our annual trip to Santa Ynez Valley for wine tasting. We had almost canceled our trip the day before due to a flash flood warning in the area but decided to go anyway. On the way up, Aaron pulled over at a lookout point and asked me to take a selfie together because it is his favorite view in Southern California. Thankfully it had stopped raining, so we pulled over and walked over to the viewpoint. Being the history nerd that I am, I wanted to stop and read all the plaques detailing the history of the Vista Point lookout. We were standing there, cuddled together, looking over the view when I felt Aaron pull away from me. I turned around to see him on one knee. A small black jewelry box opened in his hand.
I cannot tell you what he said after that except the words “you are my best friend,” because a wave of emotion took over me and I could not stop crying. I have dreamed of this moment for so long. The man I love, down on one knee, asking me to spend our life together. When I was finally able to wipe the tears away, I kneeled down to Aaron, took his hands, and said “absolutely yes.” The tears had come so quickly that I was not able to clearly see his face or the ring until that moment! I looked down at the beautiful emerald-cut engagement ring he had made just for me. He put the ring on my finger, we stood up and my mind tried to process what just happened. Just then I heard someone say “Hey, would you two like a photo?” In my mind, I thought some random bystander had captured the moment with his iPhone and was willing to take a photo of a newly engaged couple. Instead, I look over to see one of our good friends standing there with his professional camera. Darsh had captured the entire proposal and I could not be more thankful.
The entire time up to Santa Ynez, I thought Aaron was just anxious to get to our first winetasting on time (as he normally is when we take these kinds of trips.) When in reality, he was carrying an engagement ring in his pocket, trying to coordinate a meeting place with Darsh that does not have an address. There is a special significance to this spot that he picked… the zip code is 93105 and Aaron proposed on March 10, 2023. It was raining that day, but it made for a more intimate setting as there was no one around and the moment was truly ours. We also learned that it is good luck to get engaged in the rain.
About My Ring…
It is a custom-designed emerald cut set in a vintage-inspired platinum band. Aaron worked closely with Katie at Elder Jewelry to design the ring and said it was a great experience. If you have any other questions, go ahead and leave them below or on our Instagram announcement post!
The whole weekend was full of bliss and an absolute dream come true. I never wanted it to end. I’ll write more about our Santa Ynez travel guide suggestions in a later post (we have so man great places to try!) as I wanted this post to solely be dedicated to our engagement story. A day that I will remember forever. Thank you Darsh so much for being willing to drive two hours north to capture this moment! We will treasure these photos forever. And to Aaron, my fiancé… I love you more than anything and I am so excited to spend my life with you. Thank you for everything. Now on to plan an engagement party!