Ashley and Eddie

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How We Met

Eddie and I had crossed paths a few times, having mutual friends and growing up in a small town. However, we didn’t officially get introduced until my 25th birthday party. I had a joint party with a friend that I share a birthday with, who happens to be Eddie’s cousin. We rented a cabin in Tahoe and invited all of our friends. Eddie and I were the only single people at the party, so our friends were on a mission to hook us up. At first I was resistant, since I had fallen victim of a few failed set-ups before. But after we spent the first night talking for hours about our college days, life goals, and everything under the sun, I decided to test the waters. He proved himself to be nothing short of a gentleman, and it wasn’t long before I fell in love with everything about him.

How He Asked

I had been bugging Eddie to take photos for a Christmas card, since we neglected to send one out the previous year. One day, he told me he entered an online raffle to win an hour-long photo session with a local photographer. About a week later, he told me that he won and the date she scheduled to take the photos.

I checked the weather of the date we were scheduled to shoot, and I noticed it was predicted to rain heavily the whole weekend. I urged him to change the date, but he said the photographer was booked until late November and that would be too late for the Christmas cards.

“The session is free,” he said persuasively. “So even if you hate the pictures, we won’t be losing anything.” I figured he had a good point, but I was still a little hesitant. One of my best friends was getting married outdoors the day before our photo shoot was scheduled, and I thought, if she can get married in the rain, I can surely take some pictures in the rain. I quickly went on Amazon and ordered a clear umbrella to use for her wedding day and the Christmas photos. Luckily for my friend, it was a very clear day for her wedding. However, picture day was not so clear.

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We arrived at the Sacramento Capitol, and met our photographer, Franny. To my knowledge, this was the first time we all had met each other. She was very sweet and assured us we could make the best out of the rainy day. She walked us around the Capitol and told us how to pose. As we stood under my umbrella together, Franny told him to say something sweet to me. (I found out later that this was “his cue.”) He asked me to hold the umbrella, and he grabbed my hand. He started telling me so many nice things, that I can’t even remember now because my heart began to race so quickly. I knew it was finally happening.

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I immediately started to cry and the phrase, “Is this really happening?!” ran through my head probably 100 times before he pulled the ring out of his pocket and got on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes and dropped my umbrella in excitement to embrace him.

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I forgot the photographer was even there until I heard her tell him to cover my hair. He picked up the umbrella and pulled a handkerchief from his pocket to wipe the tears from and mascara dripping from my face. He turned what I thought was a gloomy and stormy day into the most perfect, BEST DAY OF MY LIFE. One of the many reasons why I love him.

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It turns out they had been meeting for weeks to plan a special proposal, so she could capture it perfectly! We took a few more pictures and he suggested we take a break to go eat. We went to one of our favorite brunch spots, and when we walked in, both of our families were there to celebrate with us! That made it even more perfect. Ironically, I caught the bouquet at my friend’s wedding the day before I got proposed to! Irony, or magic? You be the judge.

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Special Thanks

Francesca Ross
Photography