When I first skimmed over Perry’s inquiry email, I felt like my heart skipped three beats. HOT AIR BALLOON. NAPA. POP THE QUESTION. Oh my gosh, what a dream proposal! We connected over the phone that very night and I was thrilled to hear just how thoughtful of a guy Perry was. He had done some major research into hot air balloon rides in the Napa Valley region, reached out to all the right people on staff to make it all happen, and was all set to ask Olivia to stand by his side forever.. all he needed was a photographer to capture the moment!
He gave fair warning that two years previously, he and Olivia had tried signing up for the same tour, which was cancelled last minute due to weather. With one wary eye on the forecast, we went into the weekend (“Oh it looks so sunny!! Yay”) with our fingers majorly crossed.
Oh San Francisco. You and your tricky weather patterns. After arriving at the meetup spot before the crack of dawn (literally – it was still dark out when we arrived!), we found out that unfortunately, the cloud conditions were less than ideal. We were grounded for the day. What could’ve been the end of that adventure turned into the beginning of our next one. Perry excused himself to the restroom, hopped on his phone, and assured me that he was still ready to propose, this time amidst the quiet scenery of Napa Valley at sunrise.
It all came together wonderfully. We had nearly 300 acres of vineyard to ourselves as we watched the sun rise up and the fog roll down the hillsides. I “bumped” into them just as they were debating taking a quick selfie by the grape vines, and what happened right after that was pure magic.
Congratulations again to Perry + Olivia! I’m so excited for you two and wish you all the happiness in the world!!