Photo Josh and Danielle’s Engagement

Josh and Danielle’s Engagement

This couple’s classic romance led to an incredible proposal captured with surprise engagement photography!



How They Met:

Josh and Danielle were destined to be together.

Chicago Proposal Ideas Josh - 21The happy couple grew up just across the highway from each other in Plano, Texas, but first met each other halfway around the world in Madrid in August of 2008.

They were both studying abroad and had signed up for an excursion to the coastal island Minorca. In the airport, Josh noticed a cute, petite girl in the group and struck up conversation.

They quickly realized they were from the same hometown, and hit it off immediately. The next day, Danielle asked to be his kayaking buddy.

He was instantly attracted to how athletic and open-minded she is, and she was attracted to his sense of humor and his ability to get along with everyone.

They continued to spend time together, going on adventures. Two weeks later, while they were hiking near Madrid, Josh kissed her for the first time.

They’ve been inseparable ever since.

Throughout the rest of the semester, they continued to travel together to other countries, including Portugal, the Czech Republic and Morocco.

When they were back home and back to reality, they realized the connection they had made abroad outlasted their travels.

“We decided we couldn’t be without each other and started officially dating in April of 2009.”


How They Knew:

Their relationship was long distance while the pair completed their undergraduate degrees.

While they were in school, Danielle was only able to visit a few times. Josh already knew she was The One, but his feelings were confirmed when his friends told him they felt they knew Danielle after only meeting her briefly.

Later in the relationship, Josh was in Thailand and Danielle went to visit. He had planned an entire week’s worth of romantic activities, including a canal tour, a rooftop hotel dinner and a few nights’ stay at a beautiful beach resort. But Danielle’s initial feelings that she had found The One were confirmed when he planned a rock climbing adventure.

“He managed to plan something that he knew I would love even if he didn’t. The fact that he went out of his way to make sure I could do that while we were there just totally got me!” She said.


The Engagement:

Josh knew he wanted to pop the question before his sister’s wedding in August so that Danielle could be part of the family.

He planned for their trip to Chicago as the perfect “surprise element” for their engagement, and consulted with friends, family and Paparazzi Proposals to help him plan and capture their big moment!

When he dropped to one knee, she immediately said yes to a stunning ring from the Diamond Doctor in Dallas!


View the couple’s photo slideshow.

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