Nick and Lauren’s Grouse Mountain Proposal

As many of our fans and readers know, at Brian Gavin Diamonds we are suckers for great proposal stories.

Nick and Lauren's Grouse Mountain Proposal featuring Brian Gavin Diamonds' Anita Halo Engagement Ring

While we usually expect to give and receive during the holidays, Lauren got more than she bargained for last December when her boyfriend Nick surprised her with a glowing, mountaintop proposal.

“Nick and I always make sure to do something for Christmas, so when he asked me if I wanted to go see the lights at Grouse Mountain, I didn’t think anything of it. When he came to pick me up, he had even packed a picnic with a thermos full of coffee for me to sip on while he drove,” said Lauren.

Nick and Lauren's Grouse Mountain Proposal featuring Brian Gavin Diamonds' Anita Halo Engagement Ring

Upon arrival, the couple headed up the mountain towards the Light Walk, where twinkling lights and fresh white snow led the way through a picturesque fairytale. As the couple walked through the winter wonderland, Nick led the way to a romantic bridge, completely covered in Christmas lights. With carolers singing in the distance, Nick realized this was his moment.

“Nick called out to another couple exiting the bridge, asking them if they could take a picture of us. It was the perfect setting, and I still had absolutely no idea. I smiled wide and posed for a shot, noticing Nick moving out of the corner of my eye,” she said.

Nick and Lauren's Grouse Mountain Proposal featuring Brian Gavin Diamonds' Anita Halo Engagement Ring

An unforgettable event, Nick popped the question at the perfect moment; the photographer was able to capture the surprise and love that Lauren had in her eyes as he got down on one knee with a stunning Anita Halo diamond set in 18-karat white gold.

Nick and Lauren's Grouse Mountain Proposal featuring Brian Gavin Diamonds' Anita Halo Engagement Ring

“We soaked in every second. I was standing on the bridge, not wanting to move,” said Lauren. “I’m so grateful for the couple on the bridge that stopped to take our photo. I’m sure they were just surprised as me, and I will cherish the pictures forever."

Nick and Lauren's Grouse Mountain Proposal featuring Brian Gavin Diamonds' Anita Halo Engagement Ring

In the end, all of Lauren’s family knew about the proposal, with Nick asking her mother for permission and making a trip to her father’s grave before he went ahead with his plans.

We wish this beautiful couple a lifetime of happiness, and feel so lucky to have had the chance to hear about this proposal from Lauren’s perspective. Congratulations Lauren and Nick!

To view more stunning halo rings like Lauren’s, visit our website.

Andre's Puppy Love Proposal

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As members of the bridal community, we take immense pleasure in helping our clients create unforgettable memories.  At Brian Gavin Diamonds, we love being a part of one of the most special moments in a person’s life. The best part of our craft is hearing our customers’ proposal stories and knowing the joy that moment will carry in their hearts forever.
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Andre came to Brian Gavin Diamonds looking to find a sparkler almost as breathtaking as his fiancé. After some looking, he selected Brian Gavin Diamonds Classic Truth Solitaire Diamond Ring in a platinum band. Our team got to work, creating and shipping the special ring overseas to Japan; the wheels were set in motion.

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Knowing his future fiancé’s avid love for Labradoodles, Andre arranged for a couple’s photoshoot that just so happened to be near a dog breeder. After driving to the park and strolling through the garden, Andre planned for the couple to stumble upon a group of adorable Labradoodles playing in the middle of a field. Andre, having secretly pre-arranged this wonderful coincidence, insisted the pair walk over and say hi to the dogs.

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While his girlfriend was thinking that she was just saying hello to a few friendly pups, Andre had other plans. Asking her to stand, he knelt down and gestured to give her the ring. Guess what? When he went for the box, it was nowhere to be found! Andre continued to act confused and frantic, until a Labradoodle approached the couple with a basket of flowers in his mouth—the ring was quietly nestled inside.

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In the midst of a pack of Labradoodles, love and tears, Andre asked her the big question. She said “yes!”

“I can’t thank Katie and the Brian Gavin Diamonds team enough for executing a perfect engagement ring and listening to all of my requests. I was very satisfied with my experience – my fiancé loves [the ring] so much!”

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A story of love and happiness, Andre left us with these comments: “The ring was so beautiful and elegant… One of my co-workers even asked for the details on Brian Gavin Diamonds to show her husband for an anniversary present!”

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We are so honored to be a part of this couple’s special moment – the whole BGD team is wishing them a lifetime of happiness, love and Labradoodles!

To sparkle in a beautiful solitaire diamond ring, visit www.BrianGavinDiamonds.com.

 

Gina and Kevin’s Classic Proposal

Kevin and Gina's Proposal
Relationships are filled with first experiences. From the place a couple shares their first kissed to the place they say “I do,” every moment becomes a pin in the map of telling their love story. For Kevin’s proposal, he planned to revisit the place where it all began.

Kevin and Gina met the first week Gina moved to Calgary, Alberta from Ottawa, Ontario after finishing her degree. “A friend of hers approached me at the bar and asked if I wanted to meet her friend – I saw Gina and said, ‘uh, yes!’” Kevin reminisced.

Tapered Classic Half Round Setting

Before Kevin could revisit the place he fell in love with Gina, he came to Brian Gavin Diamonds. Our team helped Kevin choose a beautiful oval-shaped diamond in a Tapered Classic Style Half Round 18K White Gold setting. “Having the glamour shots sent to me beforehand – I could see exactly what I was having delivered to me so it completely eased my mind,” said Kevin, “I knew exactly what I wanted and they delivered.”

Tapered Classic Half Round Setting

It didn’t take long for Kevin to realize Gina was the person he wanted to spend his life with. When we asked Kevin when he knew she was the one, he told us the story of the couple’s adventurous hike in Calgary. “We took a trip to the mountains for a pretty intense hike—we were both very unprepared in running shoes instead of hiking gear and in lululemon [clothing] climbing the side of a very snowy mountain. We completed the entire hike and when we go to the top I realized how special Gina was—how she wasn't like anyone I'd ever met before. I knew then.”

Kevin and Gina's Proposal

With such a memorable history made on the mountain, it seemed perfect for Kevin to take Gina back to the place they fell in love. “I knew it was the place I was going to be with her forever so I thought it would be the perfect place to make that promise to each other,” Kevin said.

Thinking the two were going to have a normal dinner in the Rockies, Gina was caught completely by surprise. “He drove us to a waterfall in Kananaskis—our favorite spot,” Gina said. When he said he needed to grab his jacket in the car, he came back and tapped her on the shoulder. By the time she turned around he was waiting on one knew. “It started to pour and we both cried—I obviously said yes!” she said.

Kevin and Gina's Proposal

Gina loves her Brian Gavin Diamonds ring and calls it “timeless.” “When I saw the ring I gasped—it was so perfect!” she said. “So elegant and classy. I was madly in love at first site,” Gina continued.

The couple headed to their vacation in Costa Rica the next day, their new promise to each other sparkling under the tropical sun. They are looking forward to celebrating their love with family and friends come their wedding day. “It's tough because our family/friends live in different provinces, so having them all together will be such a lovely experience,” said Gina.

Kevin and Gina's Proposal

We were so honored to work with Kevin and Gina on this magnificent ring. We wish them a beautiful life together, filled with adventures from Calgary to Costa Rica and back again.

Fall in love with solitaire rings like Gina’s on BrianGavinDiamonds.com.

         

Andrew and Carey’s Perfect Proposal

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As the saying goes, “third time’s a charm”—at least in Andrew and Carey’s case. Our customer Andrew picked out the perfect Brian Gavin Diamonds ring, made for a truly special proposal, for his girlfriend, Carey. From working with Taylor Swift’s agents to dealing with unforeseen rain, he dealt with every obstacle under the sun until arriving at Plan C…a beautiful proposal that gave us goose bumps.

BGD Melissa Setting - Brian Gavin Blue Diamond

Andrew submitted the story in our National Proposal Day Contest with the preface, “I hope you’re sitting down and ready for a good read.” The wonderful aspect of every Brian Gavin Diamonds creation is the story it will carry for years to come.

Carey and Andrew met on the dating app, Tinder, and he was initially hesitant to meet someone online. After talking for hours on end, the two decided to meet on Andrew’s birthday to play mini golf for their first date. “I know in the movies they say ‘it was love at first site,’ and that's exactly how I felt when she walked in,” said Andrew. “She made me realize, there really is a soul mate for everyone out there somewhere.”

BGD Melissa Setting - Brian Gavin Blue Diamond

Months after dating, Andrew confidently began ring shopping. Carey, a diamond consultant by trade, had knowledgeable coworkers that pointed Andrew in the direction of Brian Gavin Diamonds where he purchased a fiery Brian Gavin Blue diamond in a platinum Melissa setting.

BGD Melissa Setting - Brian Gavin Blue Diamond

“I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of customer service I received as well as the product,” said Andrew. With ring in hand, he just needed to pop the question. Andrew made three wild attempts to propose to Carey:

Attempt 1: Andrew tried talking to a local radio host about getting on stage to propose at the concert of Carey’s favorite music artist, Taylor Swift.

The Obstacle: The T. Swift team was tight for time and couldn’t fit in Andrew’s request.

Attempt 2: Andrew was almost sure that a surprise trip to the local dog park to their favorite “spot” would do the trick. The two would be surrounded by friends as Andrew played guitar and sang “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz.

The Obstacle: LOTS of rain, making an outdoor proposal a bust.

Attempt 3—the winner: After two foiled attempts to pop the question, Andrew decided to take Carey back to their first mini golf date. In on the secret, the staff asked Carey a trivia question in exchange for tickets to buy a prize. The prizes varied from yo-yos to small toys, but Andrew needed Carey to ask for the fake ring.

Once she chose the plastic ring, the mini golf employees switched it for the real deal. When Carey turned around, Andrew was already on one knee. Of course, Plan C worked like a charm!

Andrew and Carey's BGD Proposal

To her surprise, Andrew had also flown in her best friend for a visit who had helped buy Carey a celebration dress for the bride-to-be. When they arrived back to their home, a beautiful outfit was waiting on the bed for Carey to wear before they jetted off to a 5-star hotel for dinner with all of her closest friends. Carey, completely astounded and in tears, said it was the happiest day of her entire life.

BGD Melissa Setting - Brian Gavin Blue Diamond

We are so honored to be part of this incredible couple’s love story. Congratulations, Andrew and Carey!

To view sparkling solitaire rings like Carey’s visit our website­­­.

Joshua and Cara’s Stunning NYC Proposal

Joshua and Cara's BGD Proposal
 

One of the best parts of working at Brian Gavin Diamonds is hearing about the deep and important relationships of each customer. We, like you, get a chance to fall head over heels for something. Each day we come to work, we’re enamored by the love stories of our customers. In the case of Cara and Joshua’s proposal, we couldn’t help but smile and cheer them on from the other side of the country.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Classic Knife Edge Platinum Solitaire

Joshua approached us last year to look for the perfect ring to surprise his girlfriend Cara with on their trip to New York City. He planned an extravagant yet intimate proposal in the Big Apple—go big or go home, right?  The two would travel all the way from Australia to New York City to see the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Before Josh could execute the big day and wow Cara, he needed a ring. That’s where we came in.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Classic Knife Edge Platinum Solitaire

Joshua worked with Lesley and our team to select an irresistible classic style knife edge platinum band with a 1.426 J VS2 Brian Gavin Diamonds Signature round diamond. He even added a simple and meaningful “C & J” engraving on the inside of the platinum band. Our team then shipped the ring to New York City and waited for Joshua’s plan to play out.

Joshua and Cara's BGD Proposal

Josh reserved a beautiful room at NoMo SoHo with large glass windows overlooking the skyline. The pristine whites juxtaposed next to the city’s hustle and bustle merged beautifully. On a table set for two, surrounded by candles and floral arrangements, there were photos of Cara and Joshua taken throughout their relationship. Oh, and did we mention a violinist? The two were serenaded as Joshua got on one knee. As you can imagine, Cara said “yes!”

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Joshua shared the details in our National Proposal Day Contest:

I proposed to my beautiful partner Cara on our trip to NY over Christmas, I feel so lucky to have her as part of my life. I would like to thank Lesley for all her help with our ring, she was amazing and made this all possible.

 Lesley and the whole BGD team were honored to work with Joshua on this gorgeous solitaire ring—the final and most essential piece of a beautiful proposal. We are so happy for Joshua and Cara!

Joshua and Cara's BGD Proposal

To fall in love with more stunning solitaire rings, visit BrianGavinDiamonds.com.

William’s Magnificent Custom Eternity Band

Jewelry making is more than a business; it’s also an art. While Brian Gavin Diamonds offers a variety of chic ready-to-wear designs, we also pride ourselves on our exceptional custom jewelry design work. Our customer William approached us with quite the extravagant project—a truly ornate, custom eternity band for his wife. The band he envisioned was magnificent and like nothing we had seen before. Our head designer was up for the challenge, creating a band that not only fit the bill, but also exceeded William’s expectations.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Custom Eternity Band

William’s band, created in platinum/ruthenium, featured 200 dazzling diamond. They do say diamonds are a girl’s best friend—we certainly know they are a favorite of William’s wife. The diamonds ranged from .65 millimeters to 1.07 millimeters in size.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Custom Eternity Band

While the dreamy details are stunning, there’s more than meets the eye. Every custom ring that leaves our showroom is handcrafted with excellence. To achieve the look William intended, our head designer used a high-frequency laser pulse to polish areas that are usually inaccessible to standard finishing tools.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Custom Eternity Band
 
Brian Gavin Diamonds Custom Eternity Band

Our designer had his work cut out for him and even decided to experiment with the creation. He pushed the boundaries of casting and 3D printing. Notice the delicate and unique arches on the rim of the ring? Our designer used laser micro-welds to create the open-arched structure design, which would be near impossible to do with conventional soldering methods.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Custom Eternity Band

Our team sent William a set of glamour shots to get him excited about the ring. When the final product finally arrived in the mail, William and his wife were absolutely elated.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Custom Eternity Band

The Brian Gavin Diamonds team loved working on every facet of this intricate, custom creation. To learn more about our custom creations, visit our website.

Josh and Hannah's 1000th Day

Hannah and Josh's Proposal

Photos by: Pennie Lauren Photography

You might recognize customers Josh and Hannah from our National Proposal Day Giveaway, but this couple’s story is by far one of the most remarkable ones we’ve come across. Josh and Hannah started dating in January of 2013 after meeting at church and within a few short weeks Hannah was convinced Josh would be her husband. Her intuition was spot-on and it wasn’t long before Josh approached Brian Gavin Diamonds for the perfect Hearts and Arrows diamond to propose Hannah.

“Last October, we began approaching our ‘1000th day’ of dating,” Hannah said. “I marked our calendars on October 22 and deemed it ‘our 1000th day: the best day ever.” Little did Hannah know, Josh was in talks with our team and was planning their proposal—the best day ever. Our team worked with Josh to select a Brian Gavin Diamonds Signature Hearts and Arrows diamond.

Hannah and Josh's Proposal

Josh’s proposal was planned to a tee. He even made sure to get Hannah off work early with enough time to get dolled up for their date. The two drove to his grandfather's lake house, a place that didn’t strike any suspicions from Hannah. “Josh grew up on Lake Jordan and he’s a master skier,” she said. “I've always known that this lake house carries a special place in his heart, so being there for our date didn't come as much of a shock,” Hannah continued.

The starry eyed couple boarded a ski boat, all the while a photographer was hiding out across the water. After several minutes on smooth waters, Hannah began to detect a change in Josh’s collected demeanor.

Several minutes into the ride, she began to notice Josh acting different. “Once arriving at his intended spot of perfection, Josh dropped the anchor, turned on my favorite childhood song (Kiss the Girl– the Little Mermaid), and asked me to dance,” said Hannah.

Hannah and Josh's Proposal

Hannah’s reaction was beautiful and is best described in her own words:

“My heart started to beat a little faster and my legs felt a little bit weaker. You know the moment when you think all of your dreams are finally coming true, but you're still a bit of a realist, so you don't let yourself get too excited just yet because being disappointed would be too hard? That was me.

As if he couldn't hardly stand it any longer, Joshua got down on his knee, looked at me in my now very tearful eyes and said, ‘I've been your boyfriend for 1,000 days, and now I want to be your boyfriend for the rest of your life. Hannah, will you marry me?’

My mouth said, ‘YES!’ and my heart said "DUH,’ ‘FINALLY’ and ‘OH MY WORD’ all at the same time.

Once we arrived back to dock, Josh surprised me by having all of our family and friends waiting and cheering on our arrival.

October 22, 2015, you really were the best day ever. JKO, I'll love you for the rest of my life.”

—Hannah

Hannah and Josh's Proposal

We are so honored to have worked with Josh and are so thrilled to hear the entire love story from Hannah’s perspective.

To fall in love with more proposals, visit our recent blog on National Proposal Day entries here.

Photos by Penni Lauren Photography

How One Customer Symbolically Celebrated a 5-Year Journey

BGD Renata Nightingale Ring

When staring at a dazzling diamond, it’s often forgotten that the stones we’ve come to love have had quite a journey. In fact, diamonds are created under pressure and then cut to precision. Our gem of a customer, Renata, is a true example that hard work helps people, like diamonds, develop strength and sparkle. As a returning Brian Gavin Diamonds customer, Renata came to us with an idea to celebrate a major milestone in her life that took her years to accomplish. She wanted to signify the milestone with a piece of jewelry that was both symbolic and stunning.

BGD Renata Nightingale Ring
Renata has persevered through her fair share of obstacles. She came to the United States 20 years ago without speaking a word of English, but had strong aspirations to enter the medical field. Her academic pursuit included traditional college, medical school, a challenging residency and finally anesthesiology training. She leapt over the many hurdles to become a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and her inspiring journey was certainly worth the effort.
BGD Renata Nightingale Ring

“It's been exactly five years since I’ve been an anesthesiologist and I’m responsible for training other residents,” Renata says. “Every day patients put their lives in my hands and it’s a privilege few have,” she continues.

BGD Renata Nightingale Ring

With such a significant accomplishment and contribution to society, it was only right for Renata to find a meaningful token to remind her of the last five years. “I wanted to buy this 5-stone ring for myself to signify a journey in my life,” she says. Our team helped Renata create a magnificent Nightingale platinum band adorned with five 0.3 H VS2 Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows Round diamonds.

Once she received her sparkling stunner, Renata sent us a special note:

“I just wanted to tell you that I have received the ring yesterday. I have not seen anything like that before. It's a beauty. The diamond sparkle is amazing and blinding. I am never buying jewelry again from regular stores. They look so dull and lifeless in comparison to the quality of diamonds from BGD.

Thank you for your help with selecting the stones—I love the ring. I wear it while helping others who undergo open heart surgery.”

We are touched that the ring we created for Renata is continuing to literally touch the lives of others each and every day—she’s a true inspiration! We are so happy to have put together such an emblematic piece of jewelry for her and look forward to working together in her bright future.

At Brian Gavin Diamonds, we have a sweet spot for custom jewelry. In fact, almost 95% of the jewelry and engagement rings in our catalog began as custom-designed pieces. If you’re thinking about signifying a special moment with a wearable reminder of your personal journey, we’d love to help your vision and story come to life. Visit our website to learn more about our custom work.

Justin’s Rain or Shine Proposal

When is the right time to get on one knee? As the saying goes, “when you know, you know.” We can certainly say the same sentiment applies to our customer Justin. Justin first reached out to Brian Gavin Diamonds in February to inquire about a ring for his long-time girlfriend.

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Our team was beyond excited to help Justin select a perfect, unique ring. Justin selected a crossed solitaire platinum band, an interesting split shank creation. The gorgeous ring’s four prongs held onto an incredible Brian Gavin Blue diamond—the final piece to the puzzle that would lead to Justin’s future.

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After shipping Justin’s ring, we received a rather speechless response. “I just opened the box for the first time. Stunning doesn't even begin to describe it,” Justin said—there were plenty of “wows” in his email and we couldn’t help but smile. The next time we heard from Justin, he sent us the below update to let us know he had a new fiancé to call his own.

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“Good morning!

I took Beyonce's advice and finally put a ring on it!

I must say, I thought the ring looked amazing in the boxbut on my fiance's finger, it's that much more crazy beautiful

We LOVE the subtle blue that comes out in the sunStunningCompliments from everyone and everywhere.

The proposal was Easter Sunday morning, whilst on an early morning walk at a nearby park in the rainRain or shine, I had to commit! You guys have earned my utmost respect and gained a repeat customerThank you so much for playing a huge/sparkly part of one of our biggest and most cherished moments.”

Sincerely,

Justin

Justin BGD engagement ring - split shank

We’re so happy to have worked with Justin and wish these two love birds a lifetime of happiness. Fall in love with Brian Gavin Diamonds’ split shank engagement rings and Brian Gavin Blue on briangavindiamonds.com.

National Proposal Day Contest Highlights

Oftentimes, the most memorable moment of a person’s life is the day they decide to make someone a permanent part of it. Proposals are the prelude to one of the most significant life events a person can experience: their wedding day.  No matter where you were or how it happened, proposals are always the special start to a path together. Engagement rings are wonderful, but it’s the stories behind them that make them magical.

To celebrate National Proposal Day, we asked our fans to share their exciting and meaningful proposal stories and photos on social media and through our online entry form for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Brian Gavin Diamonds.

Our fan, Leah, was randomly selected as our grand prize winner on April 17 after submitting the below story and photo:

National Proposal Day Contest Winners

“I'm a teacher. My fiancé is a pilot truck driver and is always on the road. He came home Monday evening and was leaving again Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday morning at school, I received a text from him asking if I was in class. Next thing I know I am being paged. I go out to the office and there he is in the hallway. I gave him a hug and a kiss. I thought it was sweet he came to see me before he left town again. Then he said, "I have a question for you," and he got down on one knee right there in the hallway in front of my students. I was stunned. Of course I said yes!” –Leah

Leah may have taken the winning title, but we saw some truly incredible entries. Each had us laughing, crying, smiling, and all the in-betweens. We received an incredible response to the giveaway. Out of our 428 entries, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites:

Brian Gavin Diamonds National Proposal Day Entry

“At the end of the trail, we reached the Fire Wave, a special place where layers of different sediment created stark contrasting red and white striped wave structures. In the middle of the Fire Wave was a beautiful dome where the tip was beginning to light up with the morning sun. We thought it would be neat to sit at the top to watch the sunrise. Just as the sun lit up the whole Fire Wave, Ben proposed to me, saying the sweetest words…. which I can't recall since I was in shock! It was a perfect, peaceful moment shared by just the two of us amidst 150 million years of natural beauty.” – Teresa

Brian Gavin Diamonds National Proposal Day Entry

“Epic Geocache Find (I thought were just having a day of geocaching, until I found a ring in one of the caches!)”

Brian Gavin Diamonds National Proposal Day Entry

“While on a Safari in Zimbabwe I had a dinner for us set up in the bush next to a watering hole. While sipping champagne under the stars I asked the big question with the silhouette of thirsty elephants and the laughter of hyenas in the distance.”

BGD National Proposal Day Entry

“We decided to hike the Oneonta Gorge, about 30 miles outside of Portland. We made it to a clearing in the gorge where you can see the waterfall. We asked our fellow hiker if he could take a picture and as soon as he did, Mike proposed. I couldn't believe it, such a beautiful place and so private and in tune with nature! I'll never forget it and I'm so grateful for the hiker (Jared) to capture the biggest surprise of my life.” – Nikki

National Proposal Day Entry

“Darrell and I took off to Disney California Adventure after a long day of work.  I went with the intent of riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror, one of my favorite rides. When we got off the ride, I immediately walked toward the monitors that display pictures of riders.  I found ours and saw what I thought to be Darrell giving me a thumbs up; I couldn't clearly make it out since I couldn't see very well with the monitors being too far 

When I still gave no reaction, I felt a tap on my shoulder, followed by Darrell spinning me around and that's when it happened.  Darrell dropped down to one knee, ring in hand and asked me to marry him.  Dazed and elated, I said yes.  When we went to purchase the photo of us, that's when I realized what "silly" face he was making:  Darrell had held up the ring to propose to me upon the first drop.” – Lyda

Thank you to everyone who participated. We’ve loved learning about your special and unique proposals—wishing you all the best in marriage!