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Gerardo & Sharlene // Glamorous desert engagement at Vasquez Rocks

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Glamorous desert engagement at Vasquez Rocks

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FROM THE BRIDE // It was just another normal Saturday. Gerardo had put together a nice date night for us which consisted of dinner at Perch in Downtown LA followed by Disneyland! I got ready as I normally did and kissed my parents goodbye. “Donden van?” (Where are you guys going) they asked. “Oh, just dinner & disneyland”. And so I left. Dinner was nothing out of the norm. Gerardo managed to make me laugh throughout dinner as he always does with his amazing sense of humor. Little did I know that just a week before he had shown up to my parents house unannounced to ask for my hand in marriage and for their blessing. And so dinner carried on and we were soon on our way to my favorite and happiest place on earth: Disneyland. Or so I thought. Gerardo managed to find an excuse to get us back to my house and an even better excuse for us to go inside (he said he had to use the restroom, badly!). He started to rush me and insisted I open the door as soon as possible and so I laughed and rushed to open the door. When I opened the door, I noticed rose pedals and candles leading to the backyard! At this point, I remember saying aloud, “What the…is this?” I immediately thought that I had walked in on my parents having a date night of their own…that is until I heard our song, “Eres” start playing. It was in that moment I knew exactly what was happening. I was in shock and speechless, as tears streamed down my face. He grabbed my hand, told me to breathe, and led me to the backyard. It was like a real dream. The backyard was full of roses. He led me to a part of the backyard that had handwritten letters from our family and closest friends, all sending us their best and congratulating us on this very special moment. He of course had to read them aloud since I could barley see through all my tears. He then walked me to another part of the backyard where pictures of us over the past 10 years were hanging, as well as pictures of our families and closest friends. He grabbed my hand once more and walked me to the center of the patio where a heart shaped had been made of rose pedals. There, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him.  After saying yes and hugging each other for a bit, He said, “Okay, let me get everyone they are all inside the house hiding!” So out came my family and his family, as well as my two closest friends! After more hugs, tears, and more hugs, the backyard was once more transformed to host an engagement dinner! It was all just a dream and a night full of so much love!

Ben & Amy // Glamorous Los Angeles engagement

Glamorous Los Angeles engagement  //  ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers 

FROM THE BRIDE: Born a Southern girl, I’ve always dreamed of something bigger and better. In 2012, I decided it was time. I packed up my dog and a group of friends and caravanned across the country to a new life in Los Angeles. A week later, I was sitting in orientation for my first day of graduate school. Little did I know, the love of my life was there as well. We were both hearing the same speech from a professor: “work hard, study hard” – all the usual things. The professor told our group to expect to make lifelong friends, and said that some of us might even end up marrying someone they meet at school. We both individually laughed off this last statement, thinking, “yeah right.” But actually, he was right…

 

Ben and I became friends the first week of school. We were in a similar social circle and chatted during late night cramming sessions. In the middle of our second year, we had a fancy school event and I needed a date. A true gentleman, he picked me up in a nice car, held the door for me, and bought me food and drinks. After that, as a true Los Angeles native, Ben took me on a whirlwind tour of the City that continues to this day. We went to the hottest restaurants, drank at dive bars that you see in old movies about LA, sang karaoke in Koreatown, became friends with servers at his favorite deli in the valley, explored canyons above the hills, and walked red carpets at award shows. Not only is he adventurous, but he is incredibly smart and charming. He is that tall, dark, handsome type that little girls only dream of. I fell in love with Ben and the new city I would call home.

 

Our adventure has continued for over four years. In April 2018, he took me to New York City to see a Broadway show. On our last night, we were late-night dining at a quintessential New York restaurant where Buddy Holly proposed to his wife. As we were headed out to meet up with some friends, he caught me by surprise. He took a knee, opened a box, and asked me to marry him. Needless to say, I said yes, feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. I cannot wait to see what is in store for us as we embark on this next chapter in LA together – as husband and wife.

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