It all started that afternoon. We had made plans to have dinner with his sister's family that day. We spoke about it earlier in the week and he said we would be meeting them around 7ish. That day I just hung out at my house with my roommates. He came by and we all watched a movie. JR said that we were going to be going to dinner earlier. It was around 5:30 when he got up from the couch and we started grabbing our coats and his camera he asked me if it would be okay if we stopped by a few places to take some pictures. He explained how it’s for something he was getting together for me for Valentine’s Day. This is when I thought that maybe he was going to do it . =) We left the house to the first place. I was trying to figure out where we were going and then we made a right on a little street and I figured it out!
The Pasadena institute!!! This is where we first met. He parked right in front and we snapped a few pictures in front with the help of some people walking by. I kept thinking OMGSH he is going to propose tonight!! I kept looking around to see if people were going to pull up or if someone was inside. I looked for any clue I could find but I saw nothing. We talked about how we met and then proceeded to our next destination. While in the car he said well if we don’t finish the pictures today we can do them another day. When he said that I then knew for sure it wasn't happening tonight and I thought it was for sure going to happen on V-day. On our way to the next spot he asked if I knew where we were going now. I had no clue. JR said told me that this is the first place we ever went together. Just the two of us. It wasn’t where we had our first date but this is just the first place he remembered that we went to grab lunch one day.
Yes, it was at Jamba Juice. When we got inside I remembered that day. =) I remembered exactly how nervous I was. I liked him and had butterflies in my stomach the entire time. We walked inside and order some drinks. The same drinks we order that day almost 4 years ago. I ordered a citrus squeeze and he ordered a banana berry. It was so nice just sitting at the table with him talking about how happy we are to be together and trying to figure out how we were going to take a picture. We used the timer and set it on the table to try to get the shot. We left shortly after taking the picture to our next destination. We started heading to South Pasadena and that’s when I figured out where we were going. My first Studio apartment! I moved into this place in 2007 with the help of my Love. It was just us and my parents who moved me in. It was hot and so hard moving all my stuff in but we did it!! We were finally living near each other and this is when our relationship finally started moving along. I remember saying I love you for the first time in this apartment. People are living here now so we had to take a quick picture in front of the gates before anyone came out to try to figure out what the freak we were doing!
JR told me that we were just going to have to finish the rest another time. We had to meet his family for dinner. We pull up to the house and we decided we should take a picture there. He surprised me for our 1 year anniversary. They have beautiful patios and courtyard at the property. We walked to the first patio where we had our 1 year anniversary dinner and he decided that we should go to the other one instead. We have to walk thru the courtyard to get to the other one and while walking we talked about how nice it would be to take engagement pictures here and how I’d love to have my bridal shower there. I just love this property!! We finally get to the other patio and we take a quick picture. JR told me about how he loves me and that this is going to be the last picture.
He was telling me about how this place is really special and asked if I wanted to know why this place was special and how come this is the last picture. He then asked me if I would marry him. He got down on one knee and he had a ring =) I automatically start crying. I can’t believe it’s happening. I can’t believe he is on one knee proposing to me. I can’t believe he was able to surprise me. I kept saying OMGsh and are you serious? Is this for real?? Well at least that is what I thought I said. JR said that I only said “O my gosh, yes.” once and then just stared at him quietly. He had to ask me if I wanted to put it on. I remember getting down on my knees with him and just giving him a big smooch! I was laughing, crying and couldn't stop kissing him. I put that beautiful ring on my finger and couldn’t stop shaking!!
His Brother in law and sister came out of the dark somewhere taking pictures and filming us. It was great! THANK YOU for helping JR surprise me =) It was such a great night! I will never forget it!
We went to dinner at this Brazilian restaurant in town and it was yummy!!! Basically it was the best night of my life!!! I LOVE YOU JR!! Thank you for my amazing ring and for always being so great! I can’t wait to be your wife and share the rest of eternity together!!!