Isabel and Jacob

Isabel and Jacob's Engagement in Reykjavik, Iceland

How We Met

Jacob and I met in 2011, on the school bus when he was a freshman and I was a sophomore in high school. The houses that we grew up in are only a few miles away from each other in a town called Helvetia, Oregon. He had gone to private school his whole life up until high school, so we never met until then. I thought he was so incredibly cute. And so, being the naturally outgoing person I am, I’d always sit next to him on the bus and strike up a conversation. Being the naturally quiet person he is, he would always hesitantly pull out his headphones and say “Hi” shyly. As time went on, more small chat on the bus lead to us becoming really good friends. We talked almost every day throughout the years. We never really got the chance to hang out much outside of school, though, and we both dated different people throughout our high school careers.

Fast forward to the summer I graduated high school, Jacob and I started hanging out more often. What was a simple friendship turned into a best friend-ship really quickly. He and I spent almost every single day together that summer, and those days would turn into nights; where we’d drive all night listening to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and then sit on his roof and stargaze together. He was incredibly easy to talk to, so sweet to me and every time we would hang out, it felt like such an adventure. We both had puppies at the time, too — Moose and Luna — who instantly connected and spent those nights curled up and cuddling in the backseat of my car. That same summer, we went on a camping trip with two of our best friends, where we spent three days in the wilderness of Crater Lake National Park.

The first photo we ever took together at Crater Lake.

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How He Asked

Jacob and I have been together three years now. Easily the best three years of my life and on August 1st, our three year anniversary, I had no idea it was about to get even better. Jacob surprised me with something special: Plane tickets to Iceland! Somewhere I have only dreamt of visiting and somewhere we always talked about visiting one day. He took me on a drive and told me he had a surprise; it was a drawn map of Iceland and plane tickets to go in December. We were going to be in Iceland for CHRISTMAS!

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The trip started off with us losing our luggage that contained all of our warm coats and snow boots for three days. But we did not let that stop us for a second. We rented a car, adventured to multiple, breathtaking waterfalls, met many Icelandic horses, and soaked in geothermal spas. Our eyes were wide the entire time, and we were left absolutely speechless. Iceland is an incredible place, and it is super romantic. We explored as much of the country as we could in eight days, and spent a lot of our time in the city of Reykjavik, which is Iceland’s capital, and the most amazing city I have seriously ever been to. There were cafes, coffee shops, and crepe places. We dined in as many as we could and enjoyed museums, too. There are so many historical landmarks, and beauty unfolding. I cannot wait for the day we go back; both Jacob and I fell endlessly in love with it.

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Something I found interesting about the trip was the butterflies I kept getting at various times throughout. On Christmas Day, though, the butterflies wouldn’t quit and I just knew something amazing was going to happen! Jacob and I planned to go our separate ways for a bit to get each other gifts we found in the city and then we would come together and exchange them. Earlier that day, Jacob had seen a beautiful wool blanket that he wanted, so that was my gift to him. I always gift people words, too, so I brought along an art card of mine to give, and so that was my other “gift”. Jacob went out to buy my gift and while I waited at the hotel, I wrote in the card, “I can’t wait to spend forever with you, fiancé”, because I just had a hunch what was about to happen. I figured if I ended up being wrong, I would just keep the card in my pocket and he’d never have to know!

Ten minutes after we parted ways, Jacob called me to say he found my gift. We got our warm gear on and prepared to walk around the city. We were staying in a guesthouse in the heart of Reykjavik, which is the capital of Iceland. Finally, after walking for a good five minutes, we stumbled upon “Tjornin” which means “The Pond” in Icelandic. It was a small lake in the middle of the city, and it was completely frozen over at the time! Jacob immediately wanted to walk out onto it, but I was admittedly a little afraid we would fall through. It was obvious by all of the other people we saw walking on it, and even ice skating on it, that it was safe, so I took a chance, grabbed his hand and he lead me to the middle of it.

That is when he stopped directly in the middle and suggested excitedly that we exchange gifts right there. My heart started beating so fast. He handed me my gift; a tiny black box, inside of it a tiny bag, with a stunning turquoise ring. I slowly pulled it out, and to my complete surprise, it was a ring we had seen earlier that day— a handmade Icelandic ring that was my favorite color. But it was definitely not an engagement ring! Tripping over my words I said, “Oh.. it’s.. it’s beautiful”, because it was, but I will admit I was completely thrown off!

Within seconds, he started smiling mischievously, obviously catching my confusion. Right then, Jacob spun me around and said, “Alright, one more gift…” and that is the moment he got down on one knee and asked the question I’d been longing to hear, “Will you marry me?” He asked with a ring box he had hand built out of real wood and my dream ring. I said “YES!” and leapt into his arms to hug him and we both cried. I snuck the card I’d written him out of my pocket, which he read right there, and then exclaimed, “You knew?!” Which just made us both cry more. He told me that he had been wanting to do it the entire trip, but he was simply waiting for the right moment to do it. Jacob had apparently had the ring in his coat pocket for five days as we traveled around Iceland!

The ring is rose gold and everything I’d ever imagined my ring would be. Jacob did such a good job picking it out, considering he’d only ever seen a photo or two of rings I liked. He had the ring for five months and successfully kept it a secret!

Later that same night, we ate dinner at a ridiculously fancy restaurant where we both wore our fanciest clothes that we own and had taken with us. It was the most delicious meal we’d ever had. Afterwards, we waited a few hours, and then at midnight, went out Northern Lights chasing where we got to witness an enchanting light show dance elegantly across the sky. We were even fortunate enough to capture a photo with them, as newly fiancé and fiancée…

That night was, needless to say, the best night of our lives.

This is us at our engagement shoot. Izzy, Moose, Luna and Jacob, one happy family.

Special Thanks

Monique Serra
Photographer