Julie & Kyle | Hot Air Balloon Proposal | Condor's Nest

Kyle and I have known each other since freshman year of high school, we were just friends for the longest time. It wasn’t until the summer of our junior year that we started talking, we went to the river with some friends and it all started from there.

Kyle was shy and I’m a very loud and outgoing person, so for awhile I didn’t think he liked me, as our senior year began he asked me to our homecoming dance and I of course said YES!! Our relationship didn’t really take off that much from there, however. We still stayed good friends up until about 3 years out of high school. Kyle asked me out at BJ’s restaurant in Ontario and my best friend Lauren Mathiesen was our waitress at the time – how special is that!

I was the happiest girl in the world, and ever since then he has been such an amazing boyfriend and I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

After 5 years of dating, Kyle surprised me with a trip that I was told was for my birthday. He told me to pack some clothes up and we would leave on Thursday, so I of course packed my whole room because I had no idea what to pack and he really wouldn’t tell me where we were going. We ended up at South Coast Winery in Temecula where I though we were just wine tasting for the day. Kyle had booked us a villa for the night, however, and we ended up having a nice dinner and went wine tasting later that day. I had thought that was my surprise but he later told me he had another surprise for me in the morning, WOW This boy is AMAZING!!!

We woke up bright and early Friday morning and I was told to wear comfy clothes. Kyle told me we were mountain biking at sunrise somewhere in Temecula, but a van picked us up and brought us to a beautiful winery where I saw we were going on a HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE!!!!!! I had told Kyle a long time ago I had always wanted to do that and he surprised me with it for my birthday.

Oh but wait it doesn’t end there… We began to go on our hot air balloon ride which was absolutely amazing, and an absolutely beautiful clear sky. Half way through our ride Kyle had told me to turn around so we could take a picture, he handed his camera to the guy next to us, (which he was supposed to video Kyle proposing but ended up videoing his shirt instead) he than got down on one knee and proposed!!!! I SAID YES!!! I have never felt more special in my whole entire life than I did at that moment.

I have the most romantic fiancé whom im head over heels for!!! We proceeded to have champagne breakfast at the winery and went back to the villa where we relaxed by the pool. Kyle said he wanted to get home early so we could shower and relax, but little did I know he had one more surprise up his sleeve. When we got home he had all of our family and friends at the house to surprise and congratulate us! I was in utter shock that he had planned all of this without me finding out a single thing. I love him so much and can’t wait to see what the future brings!!

Photos by Michelle Johnson Photography
Shoot Location: Condor’s Nest Ranch