Gabby & Chris
Photography: Kristen Beinke Photography
Photography: Kristen Beinke Photography
Here is their winning engagement story shared by Megan:
By Megan Woods
When Jason and I celebrated our engagement with friends they toasted to us… ‘FINALLY, Jason proposed!’ I laughed aloud – ‘oh please… it hasn’t even been a 2 years!’ – only to hear the response that they’d all been waiting since week two. In our case, ‘when you know, you know’ rings very true. Jason and I met in June of 2009, we bonded over a Michael Jackson dance medley at a Karaoke bar and have been inseparable ever since.
The truth of it is, I think we both knew on DAY 2 that we’d stumbled upon the person we were meant for. Giddiness (along with a lot of love and laughter and a new place together and a dog and unconditional support and snowboarding trips and barbeques and the best time of our lives) ensued… Fast-forward to December 27th 2010 and Jason and I are embarking on day 1 of our Costa Rica adventure vacation. We booked the trip last minute using airline mileage that was set to expire. We spent one rainy Sunday planning the trip. It all came together so fast I was careful to lower my hopes that a proposal scheme might also be underway. We spent an incredibly fun Christmas with my family and 24 hours later were hiking up towards an active volcano. Side note. I’m totally obsessed with volcanoes. At one point in my life there was no doubt I would be a volcanologist… or a storm chaser. So being this close to a volcano was a huge thrill (even though I ended up working in advertising). We had a tour guide with us who was full of all sorts of unromantic information like what happens to your body when you get bit by a viper snake… triggered by actually SEEING a viper.
One might expect, my mind was not thinking about diamonds or love or marriage or Jason taking a knee amongst a rainforest full of snakes. Then we got to a huge clearing of lava rocks. Massive black boulders piled on top of each other. It was foggy and misting and mystical. There were single orchids sprouting between black rocks. So pretty. And suddenly, so romantic. I was looking for a toucan through binoculars and when I turned around I saw Jason holding this little metal owl (I love owls). He pulled me in close, forehead-to-forehead, nervous and shivering, he told me I make his heart skip a beat, that it swells from his chest and he loves me. That I challenge him to do fun things. I am his advisor and confidant. That he needs me… to be the best him. That he wants me in all of his children and he wants to do adventurous things (like climb volcanoes) for the rest of our lives. Down to his knee. Opened the owl. BEAUTIFUL. Diamond. Ring. Will you marry me? Yes, yes, yes! Are you kidding me?! OF COURSE YES! Jason could have asked me to marry him laying in bed on a lazy Sunday morning and I’d have been just as thrilled. I feel like the luckiest girl ever – not just because I got engaged on a volcano or am walking around with a freakin’ rock on my finger, but because I get to marry a seriously good man. One that I know will treat me like gold the rest of our lives and makes me the best version of myself.
We’re getting married in Santa Barbara September 4th, 2011. Jason is from Austin, I’m from San Diego. ‘The American Rivera’ felt like the perfect blend of both of those places (plus it’ll be an awesome place for us to spend anniversaries!) We can’t wait to host our family and friends for a weekend of merriment and celebration. Better yet, we can’t wait to be married!
Some of your may remember this great GIVEAWAY organized by Felici Events that we announced a few weeks back. Well the deadline to enter is next Tuesday, March 1st, so we wanted to remind you and give you a chance to send in your story before one lucky winner is selected on March 6th.
Here are the details again:
If you answered yes to all three questions above, submit your proposal story for a chance to win:
At Felici Events we believe that the engagement and wedding planning should be just as memorable and stress free as your wedding day! That is why we cultivate relationships and align ourselves with class-act vendors who share our same philosophies and high expectations for customer service.
Photos and Story by: Kristen Beinke
Caitlin and Branden are such a fun couple. I had the opportunity to photograph their wedding last month at Elings Park with Joy from Joy de Vivre and it was beautiful! When they returned from their honeymoon in Hawaii we did a post wedding shoot in downtown Santa Barbara. They are just too cute!
Wine Country Bohemian Inspiration
Recently the talented event team of Modern Day Design, Kristen Beinke Photography, Lazaro Press, and Felici Events got together and combined their creative powers to bring you some seriously beautiful wine country wedding style. We just love the bohemian, rancho-gypsy vibe of this timeless and utterly romantic take on Santa Barbara wine country style. Of course this inspiration isn’t exclusively for Santa Barbara brides – it was recently featured on one of our favorite national blogs Wedding Chicks!
Coquelicot Vineyard provided a picturesque backdrop, with rich jewel toned colors, fields bathed in sunshine, and rustic dirt roads leading up to their charming barn.
The gentle and graceful, resident horses played guest star to the bride and echo back to the equestrian heart and soul of the historic Santa Barbara wine country. The expansive trees sheltered an alter-like ceremony site, and the old stone building is a perfect backdrop to the eclectic sweetheart table.
Kristen Beinke Photography
Modern Day Design
Hair and Make Up
Coquelicot Estate Vineyard
High Meadow Ranch