Cambria and Tyler

How We Met

It was December 31, 2015, New Year’s Eve. We were both attending a small gathering in San Francisco at a friend of a friend’s house. It was just a couple handfuls of guys and my two girl friends that I was there with in the apartment. The boys were getting ready to go to a concert and we were waiting for our dinner reservation. We were all enjoying some drinks in the kitchen when one of the hosts of the gathering poured me a glass of sparking riesling. He went on to explain that the wine was made by someone at the party and he called Tyler over to introduce the two of us. Even in that first hour of knowing each other, we had an undeniable chemistry and the rest is history.

How He Asked

To be honest, I had my suspicions that it was going to happen sometime during the weekend, but I didn’t know the exact place or the moment. I even tried to convince myself that it wasn’t going to happen so that I wouldn’t get my hopes up, but I still decided I should paint my nails in the car on the way just in case. Santa Cruz is where we fell in love, so it was only fitting that it was our destination on our engagement day. As we drove down the coast on Highway 1 I was unaware that I was about to partake in setting the scene for my own engagement. The wildflowers are blooming all along the coast and we decided to look for a good place to stop and take pictures along the way (something we usually do on road trips anyway). As we passed fields of flowers that were marked as private property and beaches that were crowded and flower-less, I could sense Tyler was getting discouraged. I remembered that somewhere down the road there was a lighthouse with a large meadow area near it and suggested we keep going until we got there.

When we arrived at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Tyler just kept saying how perfect and beautiful the location was. We followed a path along the cliff away from the lighthouse toward a field of yellow and purple flowers. I brought along my tripod, as I often do, so we could get some pictures of the two of us. I decided on a spot I thought would make for a good backdrop and set up my camera. After a few trial shots and adjustments, we got in front of the camera and took a great photo. After checking the image, Tyler said we should take one more picture and I happily agreed. As the timer started to count down I ran over to him to pose for the picture. When I got there he grabbed my hands and got down on one knee. The picture clicked and the rest is a blur of whirlwind excitement. In celebration we drove into Santa Cruz for another surprise; my best friend and her husband waiting for us at a local brewery!