Rachel and Braedon

Rachel's Proposal in Monterey Bay Aqarium

How We Met

We met in the summer of 2011 on a church trip to Santa Cruz, Ca. He had just graduated high school, I had finished my freshman year of college. We were both leaders in the high school group and got to know each other through serving together. At the time, I was going to school in San Diego and he was going to start school in our hometown of Fresno. Fast forward 6 months, I took a break from nursing school and moved home for a while.

Rachel and Braedon's Engagement in Monterey Bay Aqarium

During that time we reconnected at church and started spending more time together. We started dating in June 2012. For 3 years we did long distance, driving back and forth on weekends, school breaks and summer vacations. When I graduated nursing school in 2015, I moved back to Fresno where we are happily living now.

Where to Propose in Monterey Bay Aqarium

How He Asked

Braedon and I first went to Monterey, Ca in 2013. This year he planned a weekend trip to return to one of our favorite places to celebrate our birthdays. As a “birthday surprise” he booked an after-hours private tour for the 2 of us at the Monterey Bay aquarium- one of my favorite places. The last stop on the tour was the otter exhibit (my favorite animal). After taking pictures with the otters, our tour guide handed me a map showing me where we had gone and added, “if you turn the map over there is something for you”.

On the back read, “Rachel, Braedon has something he wants to say to you…” I turn to Braedon and as he took my hands, I knew. He got down on one knee and asked “Will you marry me?”. I said “Yes!” immediately; and as I was standing there overwhelmed by the love of my new fiance, he told me this was the same spot we had been in 4 years ago when he first knew he wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together. And now we are!

Special Thanks

Andrea Satterfield | 
Photographer