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He proposed on the beach in Maui

Maui is a very special place to me and my family; it’s the place where I’ve celebrated countless birthdays, met lifelong friends and made lasting memories with my dad. In 2018, Austin was able to join us for a second time, and there’s nothing I love more than having my two favorite guys in the same place.

Because my birthday was the week prior, I had decided I wanted to take some fun photos on the beach together and booked a photographer. Unbeknownst to me, Austin found the photographers Instagram, and together they planned the best evening of my life. In hindsight, I probably should’ve known something was up when he didn’t complain about having to take pictures.

During the shoot, I was completely oblivious to the box poking out of his pocket and how visibly nervous he was. But, we were having such a fun time laughing and taking in the views; I honestly didn’t think the day could get better.

About half way through our session, while standing on a cliff overlooking the ocean, our photographer had us turn away from each other under the guise of wanting to “capture our reactions when we see each other”. In that moment, I totally knew something was up, but Austin couldn’t make it that easy; he faked me out not one but two times! Then, just as I was getting annoyed and disappointed, on that third and final turn I saw that he had dropped to one knee. He may have forgotten every word of his two paragraph proposal and I may have lost my voice from screaming “YES,” but it was the most perfect moment of our lives.”