Atlantah and Jesse's Marraige Proposal in Santa Cruz

How He Asked: Jesse and I were Jr. High sweethearts, we dated all throughout Jr. High and High School. Whenever I pictured my future, he was it. I had been expecting the big question coming soon, but on Friday, August 14th 2015, I did not see it coming at all!

Jesse arranged for my friends to “leave for college” earlier that morning. I was obviously sad for the rest of that afternoon. He suggested that since I was having a hard day, we drive a few hours to Santa Cruz beach and watch the sunset. I really did not feel like going on that long drive, but I agreed.

When we got to the beach, I was AMAZED, I had never seen such a pretty, secluded beach before. I looked down from the cliff we were on and noticed two old fashion changing cabanas. We walked down the long trail, and as we got closer…I realized the cabanas said the words, “his” & “hers” on each one.

Marraige Proposal in Santa Cruz

I was further instructed by Jesse to go inside and change. When I opened the cabana, the cutest dress was hanging for me to put on. I quickly put on the blue dress and came out from the cabana. I immediately saw my two friends that had “left for college” earlier in the morning. One was taking pictures and the other was recording.

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Standing under a beautiful cave that looked out into the ocean was my handsome man waiting for me to walk down to him, lit by a path of candles all the way down. When I finally got to him, he let me know how much he loved me, and finally said, “Atlantah Praise Hoag, will you marry me?”

Marraige Proposal in Santa Cruz

Of course I said, “YES!” We then took adorable pictures on this beautiful beach (& also got attacked by a huge wave).

Marraige Proposal in Santa Cruz

After the proposal, he said he wanted to take me to a nice dinner, so we went to a secluded, fancy restaurant. When the host took us to our table, my parents and future in-laws were waiting there for us. Later in the night, by best friends joined us as well. It is safe to say that this was the best day of my life!

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Photos by: Megan Ibanez Photography