Brad and Kalli
How we met
Our story begins with a six letter word: Tinder. I still laugh a little because I swore I would never be that girl who married a guy from Tinder, but life is full of surprises like that. We swiped right at the beginning of February but things didn’t pick up until a few days later and we ended up talking for hours on the phone. I was instantly charmed by his southern drawl and how easy it was to talk to him. Our first date was on Valentines Day, (crazy right?) but it was pretty much perfect. We made waffles, watched Lord of the Rings, and he even taught me how to country swing afterwards. He surprised me with a bouquet of my favorite flowers and we had the sweetest first kiss. It was history after that and we’ve been inseparable ever since. He was living in Ogden, Ut going to Weber State University and I was in Logan, Ut going to Utah State University. We did long distance for 6 months before he graduated, got a job, and moved up to Logan to be with me!
How he asked
Alexis Foust Photography had contacted me about a month ago, asking if Brad and I would model for her for some pictures at Castle Manor. Of course I said yes, because who doesn’t love gorgeous pictures and the excuse to buy a cute dress?! Little did I know that Brad and Alexis had been planning this from the beginning and kept me in the dark the entire time. I mean, I was secretly hoping that Brad would propose at some point during the shoot, because it would be the perfect moment, but brad kept throwing me off and making sure that I didn’t expect a thing. He asked if I wanted to go workout after the shoot and go to Tony’s Grove on Saturday, so I had discarded the idea and didn’t give it a second thought. I showed up to Castle Manor all ready to get some pictures taken, not knowing that the best night of my life was about to unfold before me.
I arrived at Castle Manor, and Alexis and her assistant were waiting for us. Brad wasn’t there because he was still at work, but his work was right across the street so he would get there quick. Alexis told me that the inside was locked and she was worried that the owner wouldn’t arrive in time. That had me second guessing the whole proposal thing again, so I just pushed it out of my mind and we waited around a little longer until Brad arrived and off we went. We wandered all over the grounds to take pictures, from wrought iron gates to an adorable little bridge behind the building. I love taking pictures with Brad because he’s just so fun and I can never keep a serious face, I’m always laughing. The owner finally arrived after 30 minutes or so of us being there and turns out she had sliced her finger open and had to go to the ER! She let us in and we wandered around a little, admiring the lights on the beautiful staircase and all the open space. We went out the balcony to take a few pictures while a few people tried to move tables around so we could get a good shot by the stairs later on.
By the time we came back, the natural light was gone and it was too late to get any good shots. By then, I had abandoned all thoughts of a proposal and was just hoping that we could get cafe rio for dinner. The heart wants what the heart wants you guys haha. Alexis suggested we head to the balcony for a few more pictures then call it a night. We got up there and Brad pulled me into a big hug, turning me away from the photographers.
I felt his arm move off my back and make a gesture, but I was still thinking of cafe rio and it didn’t really connect with me at that moment. He pulled away but still holding me close and started to express his love to me. He said that he couldn’t wait to spend eternity with me, but it’s when he said, “do you want to start right now?” and got down on one knee that it all made sense!
I was still in shock when I heard the words, “Will you marry me?” and then for the first time in my life, I was literally rendered speechless. I remember hearing Alexis and her assistant clicking away on their cameras but all I could do was look at Brad. Tears started to well in my eyes and I finally got the word “Yes!” out and he slipped the most gorgeous ring that I’ve ever seen in my whole life onto my finger. We had picked out the ring a few weeks previous, but he surprised me with two gorgeous diamond bands on either side and it only added to the beauty. And just like that, we were engaged and I couldn’t stop smiling!!
We stayed up on the balcony a little while longer , snapping a few more pictures of us and the ring, basking in the moment. I kept babbling like an idiot, trying to understand what had just happened and kissing brad over and over. We went back downstairs and Brad ran to his car, returning with a gorgeous bouquet of peonies (my favorite flower) and I thought my face was going to split from the massive smile on my face. I didn’t think it was possible to love anyone more than I love Brad, but then he called me his fiancee, and I’m pretty sure my heart was going to burst out of my chest.
Brad truly made our proposal something out of a fairytale and it’s a moment that I’ll never forget. He is the most selfless, thoughtful, caring person I know and I can’t believe I’m the lucky girl that get’s to call him mine. I can’t wait to marry my best friend and the guy of my dreams for time and all of eternity. March 4th, 2017 can’t come quick enough!