December 3, 2018
Antelope Island was not what I expected, it was better! It is a vast island with a beautiful beige landscape and a beach along the Salt Lake! I had so much fun working with these two. We explored the old ranch, snuck up by some Bison, and walked barefoot on the beach. Here is their love story:
How they met:
Him: We met on a blind double date, with her sister and a friend I met at school. I initially went on the date to just have some fun, not specifically looking for a girlfriend. I was going to wait to get into something serious once I was done with school. On that date, I found that I had met this amazing woman. She was a little shy at first but I found that I was about to be myself around her right from the get go. I was drawn to her spirit, I don’t think I could have told you what I was down to that day but I knew I had to see her again. I’ve had to see her everyday since then.
Her: We first met once-upon-a-blind-double-date, about a year ago 🙂 My sister Emily and her boyfriend at the time, Mike, wanted to go on a double-date scavenger hunt. Since the other couples they knew were busy at the time, they agreed that Mike would bring one of his friends and Emily would bring one of her sisters to play the part of the other couple. Mike called around, but most of his friends in town were also busy. So then he thought of his old college buddy (guess who) who lived about an hour away in Salt Lake City.
Meanwhile, Emily was asking her sisters which of us would like to go. I was the least interested. I’d just gotten over a bad dating experience where the guy became a hardcore stalker showing up where I work, and I was so done with men and dating in general. Then came the clincher–the guy Mike was bringing was four years younger than me. Yeah, not interested, sorry. We laugh about it now, how close we came to having never met because I was so stubborn. But at the last minute, Catie got sick, so I had to go. That turned out for the best!
Devin was nothing like I was expecting. He was mature, funny, respectful – and really, really smart. It turned out that Mike really hadn’t planned anything for the scavenger hunt, so Devin came up with a list for us to work with about two hours before the date! We had a blast and made a lot of fun memories. I think one of the things that stood out to me the most about Devin was how he interacted with Mike – he was so genuine and encouraging, and even his teasing (and he teased a lot!) was good humored. I really liked that about him.
How did he propose?
Him: The proposal was amazing, we had a few hiccups but in the end it all worked out as I had planned it in my mind. To be honest, I only needed her to say yes. If the proposal was a total bust and she still said yes that all I needed.
Her: Three things to know: first, we’d just had a wonderful three-day cabin get away with his family who were in Salt Lake for a family reunion. Second, there was a barbeque. And third, we were all about to go our separate ways, but Devin suggested we invite my family up to Temple Square on the last day meet his family for the first time and take some photos.
When we got to Temple Square, my family was already there waiting. I noticed my grandpa was there too, which I thought was a little odd, but I chalked it up to my little sister’s birthday party that my mom planned for that evening. He must have come along for the ride. After we introduced everyone, Devin pointed out that we still had some of the leftover barbeque and suggested we go put it in the car so we wouldn’t have to hold it in the family photos. So he and I went to the underground lot where we’d parked, dropped off the barbeque, and went to go regroup with the family. On our way back, Devin’s phone rings. He answers and in a moment his face just drops. After he hangs up, I ask him what’s wrong and he just shrugs and says, “I don’t know. Somebody’s moving something. Don’t worry about it.” Then he points out the visitor’s center and asks if I’d like to get a drink from the water fountain. Wanting to spend as much time with him as possible before we have to go, I don’t object. At this point I’m still perfectly clueless, but I did think it was a bit odd we were taking the scenic route back, given as our photographer, his stepfather, had a plane to catch in fifteen minutes.
After we dawdled a bit in the visitor’s center, Devin starts leading me not back to where we’d planned to meet the family, but across the street to City Center mall. That’s when it finally hit me. Oh. My. Goodness. HE’S GOING TO PROPOSE! I couldn’t stop smiling, but I was hiding it because, in spite of the signs, I still wasn’t sure and I didn’t want him to catch me smiling and then turn out I was wrong. But when we got to the mall, I saw our families standing behind the fountains with colored posters that spelled out “Destyni will you marry me?” I couldn’t stop laugh/crying. It was the most wonderful feeling–realizing that yes, for sure, Devin was going to make me his for eternity!
As it turned out, he’d planned the proposal for Temple Square, but the grounds people saw the posters and thought it was a group protesting, so they asked them to leave. Even after our families explained it was a proposal, they stuck to what they’d said, so Devin’s sister had called him in a panic asking what to do. It turned out alright though–there was a little tourist lady having lunch at the mall and when she saw what was happening she jumped up all excited and started taking pictures of us. Everything turned out memorable and sweet 🙂
What are you most excited for about your wedding and marriage?
Him: I am excited to be sealed to the woman of my dreams for time and eternity and I’m am excited to share that day with my friends and family. From the time I was young there was one thing that I knew I always wanted to be and that was a husband and father. I am looking forward to be a husband in the near future and a father in the future after that. As it stands right now we don’t see each other everyday, right now it’s about once or twice a week, I am excited to start and end my day with her.
Her: I am most excited about the opportunities we’ll have to deepen our relationship and draw closer to each other than ever before. I’m looking forward to getting to come home to each other at night, never to be separated by 31 miles again. The more I get to know about Devin, the more I fall in love with him. I’m looking forward to the ups and the downs, the highs and the lows. Every step we take together will strengthen our relationship and understanding of one another.
What was your favorite part of the session?
Him: I had a great time at the photo shoot, i got to spend time with my beautiful fiancee in our fancy clothes and experience a new place together. My favorite part of that day was when we had a chance to share something with each other, something that we may not have said to each other before. I learned something new that day about my fiancee and it brought us closer.
Her: My favourite part of the photo session was when we were down on the beach, the “romantic part”. That was so perfect and I will remember it forever. What Devin said was so personal and beautiful, I had tears running down my cheeks. Usually, the more I feel, the less I express, but that evening was different. I am so grateful for that beautiful moment with my sweetheart.
Thank you so much for getting dressed up and going on an adventure with me! I had a blast with you both and wish you the most happiness in your marriage 🙂