Dominique and Joe

How We Met

We met in 2009 briefly and in 2011 our love story started.  Joe was my sisters friend and the very first time I met him he asked me to his high school senior prom.  I had been out of high school for a few years and told him that I would go with him if he didnt have a date.  He never found a date and he never asked me.  Fast forward a year later, he started coming around more to hang out with me.  On August 4, 2011 we made it official.  Shortly after he moved across the world to the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi to further his education and become a pilot.  After years of long distance, traveling over the world and back and forth he made the decision to move back to California so we can be together on July 27, 2015 and on August 4, 2015 he surprise me with an anniversary trip to Napa Valley, CA he proposed!

How He Asked

He booked the flights, car, hotel and surprised me with a trip for our 4 year anniversary to Napa Valley, CA.  We spent all day wine tasting at some of my favorite wineries in Napa.  He made dinner reservations for our anniversary at Auberge De Soleil, with the most amazing view and said we needed to be there by 7pm. As we arrived on time the hostess told us our table wouldn’t be ready for another 45 minutes and to head down to their vineyards and sculpture garden to walk around to wait for our table.  We walked a beautiful trail and at the very end there was a beautiful table set up with flowers and champagne (not realizing it was for us, I quickly told him to not touch it because it wasn’t ours) Joe then told me this was for us and more surprises were coming.  He got down on one knee and took the ring out of his pocket and proposed, he hired photographers to capture the entire thing.  It was a fairy tale and a dream I get to marry the love of my life!arias-002 arias-031 arias-045 arias-111 12248858_1089536634390136_1823545205_n

Special Thanks

Cindi Stephan
Photographer