There’s something so chic and timeless about an all black and white engagement session so of course we absolutely adored this engagement session from White Ash Photography when we saw it in our inbox and knew we had to share it with you. So much glamour, these two look so madly in love. We are thrilled to have the work of this talented Australian photographer on Beloved Darling today.
How did you two meet?
We met through a mutual friend to play horse shoes one Sunday afternoon. We already attended the same church and began to lead Young Life together at ECU. Over the next four years that game of horse shoes turned into a sweet friendship that included choreographing dances and making up skits for Young Life, playing outside (a lot!), going to church together, having meaningful conversations, to falling in love.
Describe the proposal:
Meredith loves the holidays – especially Christmas – and all of the celebrations and fun that comes along with it. She asked if we could make ornaments, to which Matthew first replied, “yeah right!” Meredith thought that ornament making was out of the picture, while in the background, Matthew had bought a ring and placed it on the inside of an ornament. He told Meredith that he had thought about her idea to make ornaments and agreed to make them on November 20, 2013 (a Wednesday night). He even said that they could watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music while making ornaments. After dinner that night, Matthew began getting the evening’s activities ready and Meredith opened the ornament with the ring. After a moment of shock and looking around, Matthew had gotten down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. She said “yes!”
What is your favorite memory from your proposal?
Meredith’s moment: I think my favorite thing about our proposal was how hard he worked to make it a total surprise. He knew that I loved Christmas and he set up a special night during the week for us to spend time together and decorate Christmas ornaments. The whole night was very “us” and I loved that.
Matthew’s moment: I loved the absolute surprise that brushed across Meredith’s face and actions as she realized that there was a ring hanging on the inside of her ornament. I loved her question “Are we really getting married?” and then saying “yes.”
What do you love most about each other?
Matthew: I love her faith, her knowledge, her compassion and her humility. I love that she loves someone like me. I love how beautiful she is.
Meredith: I love his heart for Jesus, the amount of effort and passion he puts into everything he does, his ability to make me laugh even on a rough day, the fun we have together doing even the most ordinary things and of course, how handsome he is.
How did you two meet? Tell us your story?
Timothy and Andrea met at UCLA during their fourth year, right before they would’ve graduated and gone their separate ways! God in His sovereign plan brought Timothy to Titus Bible Church, where Andrea was serving as a member at the time. While her first thought was “CUTE!”, her next thought was one of apprehension. As God transformed Timothy’s heart and opened his eyes to the gospel message and as Andrea saw him accept Christ as His Lord and Savior and mature steadily, she became more and more interested in getting to know him.
Amidst the spiritual transformation that was happening, something romantic had been brewing between them as well. Andrea was pleasantly surprised when Timothy openly and frankly asked her on a date. With his 1999 white Benz newly washed, Timothy picked her up for their first date Bibigo (a Korean bibimbap restaurant) in Westwood. Although Andrea thought that she could make better bibimbap on her own, the time was spent with conversations about life, testimonies of grace, and goals. Andrea was indeed, pleasantly surprised.
Andrea’s guard had been up, but as time ticked on, it slowly melted away as Timothy continued his bold and unconcealed courtship toward her. Small conversations on Sundays turned into Facebook posts. Facebook posts turned into texts. Texts turned into phone calls. And phone calls led to the ultimate phone call. On December 12, 2010, Timothy and Andrea established their relationship and happily agreed to pursue Christ together. They were both elated, and talked on the phone all night until the sun came up!
Describle the proposal!
The proposal was simple and quite unconventional! Andrea did not have any expectations of any sort, except one thing: the ring. She knew exactly what she wanted, and just to make things clear (and easier for Timothy), Andrea took Timothy along with her to show him the ring she wanted, and Timothy was of course happy to oblige to her wishes!
After shopping for rings together and finally choosing the perfect one, all there was left for Andrea to do was wait as patiently as she could. Knowing how Andrea wanted to know all that was happening, Timothy prepped her for the day he would ask so she could dress up, get her hair and nails done, and spruce herself up for that special moment.
Timothy reserved a table at La Foret, the fanciest French restaurant around town. On the night of December 1, 2012, he prepared himself to ask the most important question of his life as he was on his way to picking Andrea up. Both of them could not stop smiling the entire dinner, for they both knew what was approaching! Timothy was also eyeing a small cove with a decorative overhang outside the restaurant, where he had planned to ask her.
As dinner ended, they decided to take a little stroll outside the restaurant where it had started sprinkling. Timothy subtly led her to the cove, got down on one knee, and popped the question! Andrea said, “YES!”, and quickly after both ran into the car to avoid getting any more wet!
What is your favorite memory from the proposal?
Their most favorite memory was the dinner. Both of them felt the anticipation of what was to come. Timothy was nervous, and Andrea couldn’t stop smiling that her cheeks hurt. The conversation was sweet as they looked back at the memories that they had created together up until that moment.
What do you love most about each other?
Timothy says, “I love Andrea’s servant-like heart to lovingly encourage others in all kinds of ways, as well as her mindset to always challenge both herself and me to live a more holy lifestyle that is pleasing to God.” Andrea says, “I love Timothy’s strength in his commitments not only to me but to his convictions, stability and sobriety in adversity and during turbulent times, unconditional love that he shows me even when he sees the darkest sides, his faithfulness, and his humility that makes him want to become a better instrument for God.”
How did you two meet? Tell us your story!
I met Daniel at Walmart when I was 16. He was working there and was 23 years old. I could tell he liked me but oh well I was 16 at the time lol. Eventually I turned 18, got a job there and he and I became friends in the process but even though I knew he liked me I never was interested because I thought he was not a good guy because of what others had told me about him. Shortly after as I started liking him more and more I decided to give us both a chance. I never regret it. He has been the most loving sweet and caring guy to me. It was a surprise. After a few months of dating we both knew we wanted to get married and eventually he proposed.
Describe the proposal!
It was on the beach at night we were walking and earlier that day, we were having a good time he took me everywhere I wanted. He was definitely nervous the whole day. At my proposal he told me that he would love me forever, at that point he was still standing. He then said “Like God made the waves to never end, I will always love you just the same” who could say no to that? He then got down on his knee asking me to marry him because I would make him happy.
What was your favorite part about the proposal?
It was a great night but my favorite part was “like God made the waves to never end, I will always love you just the same” being that we were both trying to have God’s blessing in our marriage. That was the most perfect thing to say and include Him in the proposal.
What do you both love about each other?
Daniel says he loves my loving spirit because I’m generous and have the ability to do just about anything for anyone. I love his thoughtfulness especially with my family and friends he always thinks of them.