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Ashley and Matt’s California Proposal

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Allison Dupree

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How did you meet?

Matt and I both grew up in the same area of New Jersey just a few miles apart from each other. In high school, he was a football player and I was a cheerleader. Our schools played against each other every year and as it turns out I was rooting against my future fiancé. It wasn’t until December 2008 that we finally met through mutual friends. Our conversation that first night was nothing more than “Hi, nice to meet you.” A few weeks later we ran into each other again at a local bar where Matt was bartending. I ordered a beer and we started chatting. The next thing I know he is showing me YouTube videos of Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel. I knew he was a keeper and our conversations have been just as random ever since.


When did you get engaged?


Where did you get engaged?

Palos Verdes, California


Your engagement story!

In 2012, Matt and I moved to Redondo Beach, California. One of our favorite things to do since moving is watch the beautiful sunsets. On the weekends we drive over to Palos Verdes which is a picture perfect location on the cliffs along the coast. We set up our chairs, share a bottle of wine and watch the sun set in front of us (as well as the whales that are frequently passing by).


On April 1st, I thought it was just another Saturday night evening that we were going to watch the sunset and then head out to dinner. Shortly after we got settled in our spot a group of guys with a speaker and a case of beer sat down right next to us. We couldn’t ignore the loud music and chatter (and little did I know they were ruining Matt’s plan) so we decided to move down a little further for some privacy. We found the perfect spot set into the cliff with just enough room for our two chairs. There were a few minutes left before the sun would set over the horizon.


Matt and I were commenting on how perfect of a sunset it was when he put down his wine and said “Do you know what would make this even more perfect? ..if you said yes”. I looked down and there he was in front of me on one knee holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. He slipped it on my finger and asked me to marry him!


I finally picked my jaw up off the ground and said YES (many times and through many tears)! I also had to confirm that this was real being that it was April Fools’ Day. No prank here, this was a real proposal!

Ashley-Matt-EngagementI couldn’t have imagined a more perfect moment. It was just the two of us in our favorite place with a gorgeous sunset and slightly purple teeth from the bottle of red wine we drank. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives watching sunsets, laughing and loving each other unconditionally.