Danielle and Kyle | Yosemite National Park Proposal

Yosemite National Park ProposalHow we met: Kyle and I met on the fateful night of March 5, 2011 at (the now defunct) Dillon’s Irish Pub located on the infamous corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood. I was there with a bachelorette party, while Kyle was there as part of his birthday festivities. He always tells me that I was the best birthday present he ever received.

Kyle caught my eye as I was participating in a bachelorette party scavenger hunt. As he passed by, I asked if he was single, and replied to his positive response with the rather forward query of, “wanna buy me a shot?” He obliged, and we proceeded to the bar to order a suggestively titled shot whose name doesn’t bear repeating here.

We immediately hit it off and Kyle helped me to complete the remaining tasks on the scavenger hunt. I wound up winning (in more ways than one). From that day on we spent as much time together and talked on the phone almost every night. Then on July 4, 2011 Kyle told me he loved me for the first time and of course I loved him too.

I had never met anyone like Kyle and never thought I could find someone so perfect for me. He makes me laugh and smile everyday. We always have fun together no matter where we are. I can always count on him to be there for me and I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

Fast forward to today and I’m engaged to the most wonderful man in the world. I can’t imagine my life without him and feel so fortunate to become his wife. Seriously, he cooks dinner and does the dishes. I would say that I hit the jackpot.

How he asked: This past April, Kyle and I spent a long weekend with friends in Yosemite National Park. Highlights of the weekend included hiking up to Vernal Falls, biking through Yosemite Valley, and making s’mores. It was the perfect weekend. But, the biggest highlight of our trip was yet to come…

As we were making our way out of the park, we stopped at Tunnel View, the scenic overlook that’s home to one of the most spectacular views of the entire Yosemite Valley. I had wanted to stop there to recreate the photo we took together there 3 years before (during the first major road trip we had ever taken together). Little did I know that Kyle would use the occasion to propose to me.

After I thought we were finished taking our photos, I started to walk away, but Kyle asked me to sit back down on the stone wall at the edge of the overlook. I initially thought he just wanted to take some more photos together, but then he told me that I had “waited long enough” while reaching into his coat pocket.

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Then he got down on one knee and opened up a little black jewelry box. I immediately started crying tears of joy. Kyle wound up so focused on my reaction that he forgot to pop the question!

“You have to ask me,” I urged. So with an assist from his better half, he finally asked, “will you marry me?” Of course, my answer was an emphatic yes accompanied by many more happy tears.

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Shortly after, Kyle told me what he had been planning to say in the proposal, before getting so lost in the moment that he was unable to articulate it…

“The most beautiful girl in the world deserves to be proposed to at the most beautiful place in the world.”

I should point out that we have a large framed photo of that view from Tunnel View hanging in our living room. He told me that he wanted me to be reminded of the moment we got engaged every time I saw that photo from now on.

I couldn’t have asked for a more romantic proposal. He did it in a place we both love and will continue to visit in the years to come. I love Kyle so much and I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life with the man of my dreams.

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