I had told Katherine that we were going for a hike at Torrey Pines, a coastal nature preserve about 25 mins from our house in San Diego.
This is minutes after she said yes. It is a pretty picture of a gorgeous girl with a magnificent ring, but a lot went into creating this moment.
Franklin, Stephanie and Me Shopping for the Ring
My sister Stephanie was very kind and generous in helping me with the procurement of the ring. Here I consult Franklin on whether I should purchase it, and he asks to try it on his toe.
Franklin and Me Scouting Locations
Franklin, Steph and I wandered around Torrey Pines looking for a good spot to make the ask. Franklin thought this would be a good location, but I noticed another bluff that look like it might be less crowded.
Waiting to Propose
This is the spot I chose. I had planned about five minutes of things to talk about here while waiting for the support team to get in place for photos. That expanded to about twenty minutes, when we found two separate groups of Chinese tourists. One group had cameras and notebooks out, doing a full biological survey of the area.
I should have listened to Franklin.
The Support Team
Stephanie, her husband Andrew and their son Franklin, a budding director, creep down the hill to get into position for photos.
Placing the Ring on Her Finger
She Said Yes!
Pointing Out the Support Team
Here Katherine sees Franklin, Andrew and Stephanie and realizes, to coin a phrase... We are not alone!
Showing Off the Ring
The support team moved in and I showed them the ring... that they had seen before because they helped me choose it and I stored it at their house for three weeks until I figured out a way to ask her.
Franklin is Ecstatic!
Now instead of "Auntie Katherine," the honorific bestowed upon all of Stephanie's female friends, he can start calling her Aunt Katherine for real!
Well, when he learns to talk, that is...
But he is stoked none the less!
Franklin Wants a Re-Enactment
Franklin with his Aunt and Uncle
They Brought Champagne!
Like any good proposal support team, our folks brought champagne! I proposed two days after I got my arm brace off, so here I am struggling to open the bottle. Perhaps I was not the best member of the Steven & Katherine Engagement Team to do this...