The wheels for this proposal had been set in motion much longer than Grace knew about. In fact, the wheels were in motion long before there was any thought of marriage. I remember the day my good friend Carlos came home from a little outing with some friends he met through Instagram. He couldn't stop talking about one person in particular...Grace. He had fallen for her almost instantly.
Carlos came to us with the idea of proposing to Grace at one of the national parks. Both of them are huge supporters of the parks and love venturing out to them as often as they can. He wanted to plan the perfect proposal, and wanted Grace to have something to talk about for years to come. We spent weeks talking about possible parks, possible locations and different ways for him to pop the big question! Shortly after he got the ring, we decided Joshua Tree would be the place!
Carlos planned a day full of events for Grace and himself, since they live a good distance from each other, a full day of fun didn't give Grace a single clue of what was to come. Carlos would have us set out to Joshua Tree early in the day and setup a little picnic for Grace to come across.
The day had finally come, but the day began a little less perfect than expected. That morning, Grace had woken up pretty ill, and Carlos was not sure if everything was going to go down the way he had planned. But Grace decided she still wanted to spend the day with Carlos, they had not seen each other in weeks and she wanted nothing more than to be with him. Carlos messaged me and gave me the thumbs up to continue!
It was a cold, yet beautiful day in Joshua Tree. We found the location Carlos had wanted to setup at and laid everything out for him. Because there is no reception in Joshua Tree, we had to rely on a map of the location and hope they they will be able to find the picnic. After everything was set up, we found our hiding spots and began to wait for them to show up.
We started to get a little worried when a half hour had passed from the time he said they would be there. We had no way of contacting them and the sun was starting to set. But just before we were about to call it quits we saw them making their way down the path! We took our positions to watch everything unfold.
This day may not have gone as planned, but I don't think it could have been any more perfect than the way it did. Grace was filled with so many emotions as Carlos got down on one knee, she never saw it coming and couldn't believe this day had finally come!
It has been so amazing watching these two grow together, support each other and share the same love for God as one another. They have built a beautiful relationship, and it is exciting to see them begin their next journey together, and we feel honored to have been part of such a huge moment in their lives and truly wish these two all the love and happiness life can bring!