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San Diego Marriage Proposal: Andrew and Lily’s Park Engagement

Andrew and Lilly often went to their neighborhood park in San Diego to admire the sweeping views of their hometown, and let their dogs enjoy the gorgeous grounds.

So when Andrew was ready to propose, he knew that this was where he wanted it to take place. He told Lilly they were going to watch the sunrise, and while she took in the views he dropped to one knee and presented her with a stunning custom-designed ring from local jeweler Charles Koll!

How They Met

Andrew and Lily first met at the community center they both worked at during the summer of 2008.  He was a lifeguard, and she was working with preschoolers.  Though they attended the same middle and high schools, they never got a chance to know each other well because their schools were so large.

Andrew was entranced the second he was introduced, and asked her out on a date during their first exchange, but Lily initially declined!

“Her hesitation attracted me to her even more,” he gushed.  “After a relentless pursuit of sweet talking and ‘coincidental’ encounters, she finally acquiesced to a date and the rest was history!”

How They Knew

Andrew said he knew when she accepted his invitation to go on that first date that she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

“I was giddy with emotion, and they were giving me a hard time about the situation, skeptical whether or not it was going to work out.  Their doubt really had no effect on me as I remember telling them then that she was the one and I would marry her,” he said.

After a few years of dating, Lily was the first one to bring up marriage (“surprisingly,” added Andrew). 

“Although I knew she was the one for me, in typical guy fashion it took me a little extra time for my head to catch up with my heart!”

The Proposal

Andrew purchased his ring two months in advance, and worked with the jeweler to customize it.  He handpicked the main stone, and the band engraved with the first letter of his last name.

He set about making the plans for the big moment, and picked out Kate Sessions park for its unique, happy and wholesome feel, which he knew would be the perfect environment to start their journey together as husband and wife.

Keeping it all a secret from Lily was hard for Andrew, but well worth the wait for the perfect proposal moment!

View their full San Diego marriage proposal slideshow, here.

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