Nolan & Julie // A Secret Forest engagement in Palos Verdes

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // A Secret Forest engagement in Palos Verdes 

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FROM HIM//HOW WE MET: I’m one of the lucky few who get the chance to marry “the girl next door.” Julie and I met when she moved in next door to me. We started off as friends and neighbors, but it quickly grew into something much more. I spent lots of late nights helping her “study” for her GMAT, which actually just consisted of me trying my best to distract her and have her pay attention to me. Over time, our friendship grew to the point where I realized this was a person I simply could not live without. Thankfully, she felt the same way, and we’ve been inseparable since.

I’m so lucky to have Julie in my life. She continues to find ways to make me want to be better than I am, and every part of my life is better for having her in it. When I look at her, (even though I know it’s cliché to say), I feel as though nothing can stop us. It’s hard to remember what my life was like before I met her, and I’m glad I don’t have to ever again. I’m incredibly excited to experience the adventures life has in store for us with the most amazing girl by my side.


FROM HER//HOW HE PROPOSED: Between busy work schedules, social commitments, and graduate school classes for me on Saturdays, life for us is always exciting but sometimes a little crazy. So Sundays are a precious day for us, and we made it a point to take weekly hikes in the afternoon for “just us” time. It’s a moment when we can unplug, catch up, and fully connect to each other.

One drizzly weekend in March, Nolan suggested we go up to my favorite spot in San Diego for our weekly hike – a beautiful spot in Torrey Pines overlooking the beach. The thing is, I love our weekly hikes and I love our spot, but I really don’t love rain. So at first, I told him I didn’t want to brave the drizzle for our hike (to the disappointment of Nolan and our friends who knew the plan). Thankfully, the rain cleared up early that evening creating beautiful rainbows, so Nolan convinced me to go out for a sunset stroll.

When we got there, we had the entire area to ourselves, thanks to the rain earlier that day. We walked in for a while, talking about this and that. I had no idea what was coming, so I’m sure I was talking about something entirely unromantic. We found our little landing to take pictures of the sunset, and when I turned around, he was on one knee with a ring, asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. Between tears and laughter and hugs, I said yes to becoming the luckiest girl in the world.

I feel immensely blessed to have Nolan as my future husband, best friend, confidant, and partner in crime, and I can’t wait for the amazing life our future holds for us as husband and wife.

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // A Secret Forest engagement in Palos Verdes