The Proposal: After Party

link to my sister’s write up of the behind the scenes.
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photos used here and the Polaroids used in the proposal were printed at Shout out to them for being based in the SD area and delivering quality, speed, and great customer service.

Celebrating this day with our friends and our communities was a logical next step after the proposal. Getting her closest friends to hold the secret for a few weeks would be an exercise in trust but based on her reaction, they’re great secret keepers!

In my mind LA Eats has always been about enjoying food in the presence of friends, family, and the people we love. This day embodied all those qualities and more so I couldn’t think of a better project code name. Huge thanks to everyone for helping out and making this a reality!

Food: King’s Hawaiian BBQ, King’s Hawaiian Paradise Cake & Mocha Haupia Cake, Republic of Pie pies, Cream Pan Strawberry Croissants.

Decorations: and friends

Location: EFC Southbay. (K’s home church in LA)

Good job, Lawrence. Nice ring! Congrats to my cousin Katie! #shesaidyes #engagementring #putaringonit

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The Proposal


Project Pseudo-Name: LA Eats – The Real Deal
Location: Signal Hill Park (aka Hill Top Park), Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of my dear friends over at

It was not intended to be anything grand. The location gave a quiet nod to the city of Los Angeles that had been the location of our first date and many after. The intimacy and quietness allowed us to focus on the thing that mattered: us. A relationship we were proud to have forged through years of dates, calls, and mutual edification, made it much easier to see this as an exciting step on our journey together.

My friends would shoot from at a distance which allowed K to fully experience the moment, without a camera in our face. This was my way of physically capturing the moment while keeping the words spoken between K & I as words that were meant…for us. I hope I never forget her face as I knelt on one knee.

This shot is courtesy of a stranger! Her husband started pointing excitedly when they realized what was going on and afterwards, offered to email me the pictures. nice shot.


In 2010, the last voicemail I received from my dad was a birthday message with the final words “find yourself a good girl”. He would have been happy to see this day.

link to Part 2