Katie did all the planning for the proposal, so it was a complete secret from Jordan. Although they had discussed getting married several times throughout our relationship, neither found that it was something they were in a hurry to do.

Katie wanted to make the moment special for the both of them and after contemplating several ideas, she finally decided on Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA (which is Jordan’s favourite place).

However, before she could propose, Katie needed the engagement ring. Getting the ring in time became a very stressful situation. Katie got Jordan’s ring custom made and placed the order in early March in hopes that it would be ready for her planned May proposal in California. With time running out, Katie ended up having to pay for expedited shipping and have the ring shipped to her best friend’s workplace so that Jordan wouldn’t intercept it. A few days before they left for California, Katie’s best friend snuck into the house and hid the ring for Katie.

The ring was a custom design by Point No Point Studio. Jordan had been following their work on Instagram for several months and found aspects of several of their rings that she liked. I took pictures of all the designs Jordan liked and put them together to create a custom piece. Jordan’s favourite part of the ring is the Salt and Pepper diamond centre stone. It’s different and unique to any other diamond she had seen prior. Traditional rings weren’t her thing anyway, so this custom piece was perfect.

Back in 2017, Jordan started to travel to southern California for work and I tagged along for the trip. After Jordan finished with work, we drove down to San Diego and stayed for a week. This was the first time either of us had been to San Diego and we fell in love.

The destination of the proposal was Sunset Cliffs National Park in San Diego, California. Before visiting Sunset Cliffs for the first time, we both knew it was a place we wanted to visit from looking at pictures online. However, pictures didn’t do the location justice and from the first sunset they watched together there, it quickly became one of their favourite places.

The proposal was actually just supposed to be a couple session so that we would have some photos to use on upcoming Christmas cards. Since it was our 4 year anniversary, during the shoot, I gave Jordan her anniversary card to read which consisted of a series of promises for their future. While Jordan was reading the anniversary notes, I dropped down on one knee behind her.

We haven’t started on the wedding planning. We want something very small and intimate and have considering eloping at Sunset Cliffs where our proposal happened.


Photography Valerie Lendvay Photo