The one piece of advise I was told over and over, when I would tell people I was going to ask Liz to marry me, was to make sure she would remember how I did it -- that it would be a great story. There are plenty of ways to make it memorable. I could've asked her in a trailer park. I could have just casually asked her when she was going into work one afternoon. I could have asked her while driving down the freeway, in my car without ac, going 90 miles an hour, blasting Rage Against the Machine. I could have done a lot of interesting and memorable things, but I knew I had to come up with some romantic.
SO, I did the next best thing, I got on the internet to research the best way to ask the woman of your dreams to be yours (I'm so mushy right now). I typed "romantic proposals" into the google machine. I didn't find anything that really spoke to me. I tried "best proposal ideas either/or top ten best romantic movies". To my dismay, after two hours of reading I discovered that I had curated a list of pure cinematic garbage. It just seemed to cheapen our relationship, me pretending to be something I wasn't. I didn't want to take her on a scavenger hunt that would end with a trail of roses to her bed... where I would be laying covered in chocolate. I wanted it to be three things: 1) I have already made reference to this above, but it had to feel genuine and true to who we both were, what our relationship was 2) a surprise 3) memorable (in a good way).
Then it hit me. I was living just 45 mins south of one of the most iconic spots in the United States, the Golden Gate Bridge. I rolled my eyes that I hadn't thought of this sooner. I can be rather dense some times. So I scouted out the location. Asked a close friend and his wife to be there to photograph and video the memorable day.
I'm lucky that I have found such a good woman, one that I don't deserve. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Below is a little song that will help us immortalize that perfect night.