TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: The proposal Elijah planned for me was ohh so sweet! I had wanted to marry Eli for a long time - basically since the moment I fell in love with him I knew I wanted to marry him. This is why Eli's surprise proposal on December 31st of 2015 on the Steel Bridge in Portland, OR was one of the best nights of my life.
Eli had convinced me that for our New Year's plans we should go up to Portland to surprise his family who lives there. Little did I know, he had been using his family in Portland the week before to perfectly map out our proposal! The Steel Bridge was significant for us because our first date ended with a walk on the bridge. When we got up to Portland, he asked me if we wanted to walk across the bridge since it was "our bridge" and a beautiful night. Still having NO idea that he was planning on proposing, I grabbed my coat and we took a romantic walk.
We stopped half-way across the bridge to look out at the view of the Portland lights glistening on the river. That is when Eli turned to me and told me "you know I'm going to love you forever, right?" In that moment I knew that this was the proposal I had been waiting for, and instantly started crying in tears of joy. Eli gave the sweetest, most enduring proposal that was both intimate and meaningful. I literally did not think it could be any better... until we crossed the bridge and was surprised (again!) by our families and closest friends who were all waiting in a park with signs, candles, flowers, and champaign to celebrate our proposal! It was such an incredible blessing that Eli had planned for us to have our own intimate moment together, and then to have all of our loved ones there to celebrate with us afterwards.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DRESS: The dress I ended up choosing was the very first one I tried on! My mom, sister, and bridesmaids instantly knew that it was the "the one" when they saw me walk out in it. I was blown away that I was able to find a dress that I thought so perfectly captured the simplicity and elegance that I had dreamed of for our wedding. Even today, after the wedding, I am still absolutely in LOVE with my dress! I can't believe I was able to wear something that made me feel so beautiful on the most important day of my life.