Lauren and Josh

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How We Met

We met on a blind date over the summer 4 years ago, set up by Josh’s sister and a mutual friend. Everybody who knew the both of us seemed to think it would be a match made in heaven. For Josh, it was love at first sight. However, I quickly put him in the friend zone.

As we got to know each other more, we soon became the best of friends (all while Josh hoped one day it would turn into more). That winter, I realized I loved my best friend and Josh ended up giving me a little more than a kiss ;)

After that, we were hooked at the hip, sharing the same love of adventuring, surfing, and spending way too much time at the beach. It was hard to say goodbye and go our separate ways, but I went on a mission trip for a year and a half to Argentina. Since the day I returned, however, things magically and weirdly fell right back into place and we’ve been together ever since.

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How He Asked

Josh scored 1000 points for planning the cutest engagement ever. I  was seriously so blown away and surprised! Apparently everyone else knew it was going to happen or saw it coming BUT ME. I had no clue he even had a ring – we never went ring shopping. He wanted me to be completely surprised so he just got help from my friends and his sisters:)

So on the day of, we had planned to do a super Saturday, complete with the beach, horse rides, fun longboard waves and yummy food! When we woke up it was so sunny and beautiful out, I told josh I had a feeling today was gonna be a goooood day (little did i know..).

So in the morning we all went riding with our friend’s horses that he brought to the beach. Then we ate fish and chips with the yummiest gelato ever!!  Then Josh, Tarryn, and I went surfing while Ethan and Analise went riding the horses on the beach again. When we got out of the water, Analise asked me and josh if we wanted a turn with the horses again. It seemed so nonchalant I had no clue!!

I just assumed we were going to go along the beach but then Josh started going up the mountain! At that point I was confused but then it quickly passed because I thought Josh might like the challenge of taking the horse up hill.

At that point Analise, Ethan and Tarryn ran back to the beach and wrote “Marry Me” in the sand (without me knowing). Josh took me to a secluded spot on top of the mountain with a gorgeous view of where we’d just been surfing. In that moment I became suspicious only because Josh seemed a little nervous. Then, he told me how he loved me and wanted to be with me forever and then he popped the question! I was so happy and shocked I couldn’t even breathe!

I wish I could relive that day over and over again.

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Special Thanks

Casey Lui
wedding photographer
Heather Goodman
Engagement photographer