A New Years Day Proposal - La Jolla Surprise Proposal

A Surprise Proposal in La Jolla to start the new year!

We're a little late in posting this but "better late than never right?"
It was a beautiful start to the new year. January 1st really showed of San Diego and La Jolla at it's very best. But not only was it the very first day of a new year, it was also the day my brother-in-law would propose to his girlfriend. And I was tasked to prepare it all!

My original plan was to light candles all along the beach at this secret little spot in Bird Rock, La Jolla. But as I was driving to set it up, I realized that it wouldn't be dark enough for the lights to shine. So on to plan B - flowers. I quickly stopped at Trader Joe's and picked up some beautiful flowers, and headed straight for the beach. As nervous as I was, I can only imagine how my brother in law felt. 

As it were, the beach was filled with people and dogs running around. And with it being such a small spot it got crowded fast. And after I put the text in the sand, of course everyone got super curious and wanted to see what happened. Luckily, I was able to ask them all to move down the beach, right before Ryan and Leslie walked down the path. 

It was so special to see them step on the cliffs. Leslie was completely oblivious to what was going on. And I could see on her face, she still didn't quote grasp the reality of it all even after Ryan went down on one knee.  These are her words from that day, and it still brings tears to my eyes as I read it to this day!

On New Year’s Day 2017, Ryan asked me to help his brother and sister-in-law (who’s a professional photographer) shoot some pictures of her and her family who was in town visiting from Sweden.
Since we had helped them before, I thought nothing of it. In fact, I told Ryan to dress up a bit so we could take a few photos of our own. Once we arrived, I was looking around for the group but couldn’t find anyone. I turned around to see Ryan down on one knee. I had no clue what was happening until he gestured to his right to the “Marry me” note written in the sand.