When he first decided to propose to Jessica, he wanted it to be a surprise. However, she was difficult to surprise. So when Russ began planning a 10-day road trip down California’s Pacific Coast Highway he accounted for the fact that she may be suspecting something special
So, they started their trip in Napa Valley and spent the first couple days touring vineyards and taking photos. Russ arranged for them to go on a hot air balloon ride to overlook all of the vineyards which would have been a perfect location to propose, but he did not.
“HE WANTED IT TO BE A SURPRISE.”
They moved on to San Francisco where they visited the Museum of Modern Arts, did some shopping in Haight-Ashbury and caught the tail end of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, but still no proposal. Then, on day five, they drove to Muir Woods making their way through Monterey to spend two days in Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach. Yet, he still had not proposed!
On the 8th day, they woke up early and headed to Big Sur. With only two days left on their trip, Russ was pretty sure Jessica had gotten over any inclination she may have had about him popping the question on this trip.
So, when they finally made it to Big Sur, Russ pulled over at the entrance of Julia Pfeiffer State Park so they could take some selfies on the cliff. They hiked down to a secluded area with a perfect background for a photo and Russ began setting up the camera.
So, he asked Jessica to grab a filter from the camera bag behind him. Jessica was unaware that earlier he placed an empty jewelry box in the camera bag hoping she would see it and turn around with excitement.
So, as she walked towards the bag, Russ inconspicuously started the camera, ran into the shot and got on one knee. As anticipated, she saw the box and turned around in excitement. “I asked her to marry me,” Russ said. Needless to say, she said, “Yes!” Jessica and Russ were married on June 15, 2013 in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Location: Fort Hamilton, Hamilton, Bermuda; Caterer: Four Ways Inn, Paget, Bermuda; Cake: Couture Pastry, Hamilton, Bermuda; Event Planner: The Bridal Suite Bermuda Weddings, Hamilton, Bermuda
Floral Design: Petals, Hamilton, Bermuda; Linen: Designer Flowers, Hamilton, Bermuda; Rentals: Ambiance Design Studio, Sandy, Bermuda; Rentals: Planning Factory, Hamilton, Bermuda; Lighting: Great Sound & Lighting, Hamilton, Bermuda; Stationery: Calligraphy by Nancy Howell, New York, NY; Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier