About their engagement session: "It was extremely fun! I have known Daniel since probably the 5th grade, and it's awesome to have him as our photographer for our engagement session/wedding! We kept in contact, but hadn't talked as much as we used to after high school, so it was a really good time getting to catch up and get to know him a little more. We met in Lake Arrowhead, and initially just cruised (Cruz =) around looking for spots that we could use. Daniel was driving and we went up into the mountains and kept hitting turn after turn until we eventually found a perfect spot that we could use! It was in this little forest area which was actually pretty close to some homes as well. We spent the first half of the shoot there, and eventually moved back down to the Lake where we spent the second half of the shoot. It was a little weird at first modeling and posing and whatnot because we had both never done that before, but as time went on it just seemed natural. Daniel was really good at keeping a comfortable feeling to the shoot, and not to mention providing us with a ton of laughs along the way. I feel he did an amazing job, and we can't wait to see what he does at our wedding!"
The proposal: We had known each other for 6 years, been dating for 2 of those years, were about to finish our credentialing program at Fresno Pacific, and both knew that we wanted to be with each other for the rest of our lives. Amanda is from Oregon, so it made it hard for me to get to see her parents and talk with her dad before I proposed. So, as I call it, "Operation Put A Ring On It" was put on hold for a couple months longer than what I had hoped for. Amanda knew that it would eventually be coming, but was expecting it months after it did. She has a sister who lives in Arroyo Grande, and her family came down for Easter and we all spent the day together. I knew that this was my chance to talk to her dad, because I probably wouldn't see him for months after that moment. So him and I went down to the beach and talked for a while, and I received his blessing then. I had a couple different ideas as to how I was going to ask her, one of them being in front of her family, but I didn't have a concrete plan of action. I eventually chose to go with something nice and genuine rather than something big and for show. Amanda and I had always taken a picture together when we went to the coast and framed it. On our way out, I told her we couldn't head back to Fresno without our picture, so we headed up to this hill where we could overlook over the city, and we got our picture (and a horrible one at that, because it was all kind of rushed). It was freezing that night, and I asked her what she'd like to have at that moment if she could have anything in the world, to which she replies, "Probably a blanket". Sidenote: I'm just realizing she just has those stinging replies.. Anyways, I replied back, "Well I don't have a blanket on me, but what about a promise that we'd be together for the rest of our lives"? This is of course where I pulled the ring that I had had for about 9 months now, and proposed. With teary eyes, she of course said yes, and here we are.