Romantic Hiking Santa Barbara Proposal and Surprise Party

After a steep, dusty hike in flip flops (don’t ask me why I chose to not wear real shoes), Kendall and Ben appeared over the hillside overlooking Santa Barbara. After sharing his heart, Ben got down on one knee. The first thing I heard from Kendall was a gasp. She cried and they hugged for about 5 mins. She didn’t even notice that I was taking pictures because they were so wrapped up in each other. Then, when she finally saw Gavin and I, she freakedddd out (in a good way!). So many happy tears and huge smiles.
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After we hiked back down, Ben took us to a secret beach, where all of their family and friends were there waiting to surprise us! When they saw us coming, all 30+ of them sprinted and collided in the most emotional hugs. Grandparents, siblings, friends, everyone. The best part: one friend FLEW FROM UGANDA the day before to celebrate the engagement! Kendall’s reaction was the best: she screamed and ran away!!! Which of course was followed by the biggest bear hug ever.
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This was the best weekend ever ugh 😍