My Engagement Story

A very personal post here, guys. Last January, Matt and I took our annual trip back to Hawai'i. We decided it would be fun and romantic for the two of us to take a trip to Kauai. We stayed with friends and family in Kilauea in a little shack in their garden that they called, "The Love Shack". Hilarious. Kauai is by far the most beautiful island with its lush green mountain and its cliffs framing the ocean. Remember Jurassic Park? Yeah. If you haven't been, GO.

We had a full day of hiking along the Na Pali coast on the Kalalau Trail and eating the FRESHEST sushi (who knew it would come from a place called SushiGirl) I have ever had and decided to end our day with a quick trip to Queens Bath. I completely forgot about the winter swells on the north shore so the waves were crashing almost on top of us. We set our stuff down to watch the waves - deeming it impossible to even get close to Queens Bath that day. The waves were getting higher and closer and I started to freak out. I told him we should leave or we'll get swept out. He was shaking and fumbling in his backpack. I asked him if he was all right because he looked a little sick. Then, honestly to my surprise, he bent down on one knee and told me how much he loved me and if I would marry him. Of course! I had been thinking about this moment for so long the answer seemed so simple. Yes. YES! I smiled. Yes, of course. The ring was perfect - a dainty, vintage diamond with brilliant sapphire accents. The fact that he chose something so unique and unconventional to the traditional "magazine" ring told me how much he really knew me. I never disclosed what kind of ring I wanted. Only that I wanted something that no one else has. Nailed it!

My best friends helped us create timeless engagement photos. My best friend Risa did my hair and makeup, Makoto shot video, Mel took photos and Bradley styled us. We got up early and got ready and drove out to Haleiwa. Talk about having the best day ever. I was on cloud nine! Surrounded by some of my closest shooting photos for my engagement to the love of my life. I have never felt so special! I love you guys!

Makeup and Hair by Risa Hoshino

Photography by Melanie Tjeongs

Video by Makoto Kuchimura

Wardrobe provided by Barrio Vintage