Erika and Jock

How We Met

Erika: We met in the craziest way ever! I was in Los Angeles for one night and so was he. My friends convinced me to go to a concert with them that night, in a huge- 3 story venue, I agreed, but really had NO INTEREST in going out anywhere, so when we arrived and were escorted to the very top floor, I found the nearest balcony and perched on it, looking into the crowd of dancing people on the bottom floor. I spotted a guy who was taller than everyone and had the cutest little dance moves. I thought “He looks like he’s having a blast, but there’s no way I’d ever go into that crowd and find him.” The next thing I know, I look back at him and he is craning his neck, staring straight up at me, in between the colored lights, darkness, and clamor of the show. I decided to wave down, to see if he was actually looking at me, and indeed he was :). He took the elevator up to the third floor, said hello and the rest was history!

How He Asked

I wanted to do something special and Erika’s the biggest Disney fan on earth. It took about 3 months of planning with close to 30 people to make the plan work! She’s always thinking of others, I thought it would be great if everyone had a surprise for her this time. I sent her on a Disneyland scavenger hunt using friends and family members along the way.

When we got into the park, she had to use the restroom and I basically DISAPPEARED. Then, she got her first visit from a friend of ours, who frequents Disneyland, so it wasn’t too shocking to see him in the park until he pulled out a tiara. Then, I had a series of pre-recorded videos that were clues to each of the next stops.

So he showed her the clue, led her to find her best friends (flown in from everywhere,) who also had a clue for her. (so on and so forth) (Her sister, her beloved nanny from childhood, her parents, and mine, who flew in from Australia & Portugal) .

She found them one by one until she reached me. One of the special moments was that she was able to see her mother for the first time in a very long time due to family circumstances and as you can see- the entire family and friend filled proposal got her pretty emotional.

Special Thanks