Yesterday evening, I had the honor and pleasure of helping document Andy's long awaited proposal to Dayna. After a much needed message at Catalyst, Tim and I met up with Courtney at the Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park to set up the proposal spot.
I did photography, Tim did videography and Courtney was in charge of all the set up and all the behind-the-scenes planning -- flowers, floating candles, cloth, succulents and pedals all laid out. I think we made a pretty dang good team. Maybe we'll shoot and set up more weddings in Portland (good idea, Tim)!
After finishing the set up and many failed attempts at keeping some candles lit in the displays and the fountain, we got the signal to run and hide behind the bushes for their arrival. When they walked into the garden, I couldn't even breathe. Trying to stay hidden from Dayna but needing to take pictures with a bulky camera was a daunting task, but it all worked out! Once Andy finally got on one knee, popped the question, and Dayna said yes, it was all smooth sailing from there.
The lovely thing about getting to document a proposal is that you get to be one of the first to jump for joy, share hugs, smiles and high-fives and simply celebrate with them the minute after she says yes. It's also just an honor to be able to share in such an intimate and timeless moment.
He liked it and he put a ring on it. (And such a beautiful one! Good job, Andy!)
After the proposal, we all headed over to Panama 66 where many loved ones were already waiting. When the newly-engaged Andy and Dayna walked in, everyone went nuts and attacked them with immense love. The rest of the night was all fun, good food and drinks, better convos, and greater company.
Congrats again, future Mr. and Mrs. Salomon! I love you both so dearly and thank you for being such a beautiful example of what it means to wait for the best that God has planned -- for you, it was each other. Continue loving and serving the Lord and I know He will bless your lifetime of love and service to each other in absolutely amazing ways.
Kairos circle complete!