Jackie and Brad
How We Met
I have known Brad since the day I was born. Our parents were good friends, starting in the early 80s. In fact, our mother’s both got pregnant at the exact same time and did pregnancy breathing classes together and were so excited to be expecting babies at the same time. Growing up, I always had a crush on Brad. I thought he was so handsome, fun and had the best character and values. We were both born and raised in Palm Springs, California but I spent every summer in Laguna Beach, where I taught Brad to surf for the first time at age 12. I always loved his family and thought they were such kind people with strong values.
After high school, our families unfortunately lost all touch. My parents separated and we moved away. However, I always had wonderful and happy memories of Brad and his family. Losing touch turned into 10 years of not seeing each other. That was until July 2015, when out of the blue I got an email from Brad. I was in shock, as I had not spoken to him in years. He wrote me a long email, about what life had been like since we lost touch and that he was coming to Orange County and really wanted to see me and reconnect after all these years. We made a plan to go to church together July 29th, 2015 and I was so nervous but the minute I saw him and his warm smile, I felt so much peace in my heart. After all, this was my lifelong friend who I shared so much history with.
Tim Tebow was there at our church that night, but all I could think about was that sitting next to me was my childhood crush and my focus was only on Brad! We spent the next week staying up talking until the sun came out everyday about our lives and all the years we lost touch. We fell in love so fast, and so hard that week. After the first week of reconnecting, he told me he knew I was the one, that I was the one he prayed for and waited for. He told me “I’m going to marry you someday” and I felt the exact same way in my heart. Brad is my very best friend, and underneath all the love we share, there are so many layers of deep friendship that I have never felt with anyone else.
How He Asked
Santa Barbara has always been a very special place for me, especially Butterfly Beach. It is where I had a very powerful encounter with God 10 years ago. It is my favorite beach in the world. We came up to Santa Barbara for my best friends wedding and Had plans to show Brad “my beach” the day after the wedding, as he knew how much it meant to me. I am a fashion stylist, and Brad often takes “outfit of the day” pictures of me for my blog. Once we got to the beach, the rain stopped and the sun was shining. The turquoise ocean was shimmering and crashing soft waves and birds were flying. It was the most beautiful day.
We started walking, and I was explaining how on this very beach God promised me years ago He had a beautiful plan for my life. Brad took my hand and we kept walking, until he said ”Let me take your photos now sweetie, you look so pretty”.
I started posing in my styled outfit, staring off into the ocean and the cliffs, and then I finally look over at Brad, down on one knee with the ring of my dreams in his hand.
He told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to spend forever with me.
He asked me to marry him and with overflowing love and honor I said “yes” and I jumped into his arms and started crying tears of joy.
In that moment, everything was crystal clear. All the previous heartbreaks, mistakes, and wrong turns I took were redeemed. The 29 years of waiting for the right man was so worth it. Everything made sense, and I felt overwhelming peace and love.
My mom who I am very close with and Brad’s family were all there, hiding taking photos and videos of the entire proposal. Brad organized it so everyone drove long distances from all over California to be there for the proposal, something I mentioned I always wanted; both families there to celebrate.Everyone was crying happy tears and we all talked about our unique love story and all the history our families share, which will soon be joining as one. I am the ultimate hopeless romantic, who has always dreamed of a happy ending. I can’t believe I get to marry my lifelong friend, childhood crush and the man of my deepest dreams and prayers! Fairytales really do come true.