8/18/18 was the best day of my life. It was the day I got engaged to the most wonderful person in the world, the day he gave me the most beautiful ring in the world at one of our favorite spots in the world, and the day that I felt like the most blessed person in the world.

A few weeks prior, Kyle told me that he had forgotten a few things at his old house and asked if I wanted go with him to help finish moving out. I love his college town, so I didn't think twice when he asked me to go. 

When we were planning the weekend, he mentioned that we should hike Bishop's Peak at some point. 

For a little context, almost two years ago when we did this hike, two things hit me: first, the ground when I tripped, fell, and wrecked my knee (ha, more on that later!) and then the realization that Kyle was my person. That hike solidified in my mind that he was the one I loved, cherished, and respected more than any other person on this planet. As I was driving home from that hike two years ago, I called my mom and told her that. I believe my exact words were, "MOM. SOS. I'm going to marry Kyle." Months later, I told Kyle how I felt that day and about the phone conversation with my mom. 

The thought definitely crossed my mind that if he was going to propose this weekend, it might be on that hike. But the trail was honestly so hard, any thought besides trying not to trip/sweat/die quickly left my mind. I think Bishop's Peak had become such a special place in my memory, that I completely forgot and underestimated how hard the actual hike was! 

As we were struggling up the mountain, we talked about how this hike was kind of like a metaphor for life; how the trail was really challenging, but that it would all be worth it when we reached the top and experienced the beautiful view. 

We made it to the top. Kyle crouched down to grab water out of his backpack and handed it up to me. He told me that he wanted to take a picture with the Polaroid so I didn't think anything of it when he starting digging through the backpack. Then he mentioned last time we did this hike and that phone call I had made to my mom. That's when I connected the dots.

I can't remember the exact words exchanged, moments shared, or how he went from kneeling with a ring to hugging me. It was the happiest, most adrenaline fueled moment of my life and the biggest, most important "yes" I could ever say. I think I stood there happy crying in his arms for a while until he asked if he could put the ring on my finger. 

Before I had even fully processed what had just happened, a photographer popped out from her hiding spot and Kyle told me she had been there to capture the entire thing. It is the most precious, special thing to have pictures and a video from when Kyle asked me to marry him. Thank you so much Jennifer Leigh for responding to Kyle's top secret Facebook request and for hiking up to capture this! 

Side note: as we were taking pictures, Kyle noticed his knee was cut up from kneeling on the rocks when he proposed. Now we both have scars on the same knee, from the same mountain, and from two very important days!  

(this is one of my favorite photos of the whole day!) 

From Facetiming our families a few hours later to swimming in the ocean while holding my left hand in the air so my ring wouldn't get wet to going out to dinner that night, the rest of the day was so special and I don't want to forget a single moment. It was the most happy, full of love, joyful day. It was the day Kyle asked me to marry him and it couldn't have been a more special or beautiful. 

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