Ciara and Dan
How We Met:
Meeting the love of my life came unexpectedly about five years ago. What was meant to be a girls’ night out ended with me meeting my future husband. When Dan walked into the party, we locked eyes and immediately made our way over to each other. After talking for most the night, we exchanged numbers and made plans to go on a date. The next day he took me to play mini golf and I think we both quickly knew we had something special. We talked for hours and I laughed more than I ever had in my life. As the months turned into years, I knew I was falling more and more in love.
How He Asked:
Dan surprised me one day this past June with a trip to Yosemite National Park in California with his brother and sister-in-law. He knew it was an item on my bucket list so I was thrilled and excited and didn’t think twice about going. We had planned for the first day to be a sunrise hike to the top of Sentinel Dome starting at 4am.
I was groggy and tired but little did I know Dan had this whole day planned out. I remember getting to the final ascent and being stunned by the beautiful view. There was one short trail up to the plateau. After trudging through the late June snow still left on the pathway, we came upon a beautiful setup with flowers, champagne, tasty treats and a photographer snapping shots of everything.
I automatically thought “OMG someone is getting engaged” and quickly yelled over to Dan to move out of the way. I was immediately concerned that the couple could be coming up any minute! However, he wasn’t moving and instead gestured for me to come over to him. Finally, I noticed the adorable grin he was wearing and it clicked. This was all for me! I walked over to him shaking and in total disbelief about what was happening. Dan got down on one knee, told me how much he loved me, that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and asked me to marry him.
It was truly the best day of my life and I am still so amazed at how beautiful everything was!