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Alexa & Natalie

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CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

 

Our engagement. One word. Magical.

Alexa and I had talked about going on a trip to Europe ever since we met. Being that I am extremely indecisive, I thought nothing of it when she came up with a plan for us to go to Paris, Venice, and Malta this past November. After spending a few days in Paris, our next stop was Venice, Italy.

The day before we flew there, everyone was warning us about the worst “Aqua Alta” in 60 years that was currently happening there- but that didn’t stop my amazing girlfriend from still executing the proposal of my/our dreams.

Our “plan” for the day was to go sightseeing, visit the Rialto Bridge, and for Alexa to take some pictures of me for my Instagram- so I was totally going with the flow when she told me to wear my favorite outfit that I brought.

Running on 3 hours of sleep, jet lag, espresso, and applesauce, we set off to go explore Venice- but don’t let me fool you, I was HANGRY and just so unsure of what the big deal was if we made a quick pitstop and ate at a cafè real quick before going to see the Rialto Bridge. Little did I know, we were on a strict time schedule. However, I was able to stay sane when Alexa kept reminding me that the forecast for the next day was calling for a huge downpour with extreme flooding and that we only had a couple hours left of daylight before sunset.

Alexa, being much better with maps and directions, had mapped out some good photo opportunities “for my Instagram.” She snapped a couple quick photos on her iPhone and proceeded to lead the way toward the Rialto Bridge, telling me about this “perfect spot for her to take a photo of me.”

Next thing I know, she’s grabbing my arm, telling me how happy I’ve made her, all while I’m hearing random clicks of a camera somewhere off in the distance. Talk about a whirlwind of emotions! She got down on one knee and asked me to marry her. My first response…”Are you kidding? This can’t be real! I feel like I’m in a movie! This isn’t actually happening is it?” Then I obviously said “yes”!

Running on 3 hours of sleep, jet lag, espresso, and applesauce, we set off to go explore Venice- but don’t let me fool you, I was HANGRY and just so unsure of what the big deal was if we made a quick pitstop and ate at a cafè real quick before going to see the Rialto Bridge. Little did I know, we were on a strict time schedule. However, I was able to stay sane when Alexa kept reminding me that the forecast for the next day was calling for a huge downpour with extreme flooding and that we only had a couple hours left of daylight before sunset.

Alexa, being much better with maps and directions, had mapped out some good photo opportunities “for my Instagram.” She snapped a couple quick photos on her iPhone and proceeded to lead the way toward the Rialto Bridge, telling me about this “perfect spot for her to take a photo of me.”

Next thing I know, she’s grabbing my arm, telling me how happy I’ve made her, all while I’m hearing random clicks of a camera somewhere off in the distance. Talk about a whirlwind of emotions! She got down on one knee and asked me to marry her. My first response…”Are you kidding? This can’t be real! I feel like I’m in a movie! This isn’t actually happening is it?” Then I obviously said “yes”!

Our photographer followed us around through the backstreets of Venice and onto a gondola where we took more pictures and celebrated during sunset.

I later found out that Alexa had originally planned out the proposal for Friday, November 15, but due to all of the flooding in Venice she was forced to scramble and re-plan everything to take place just a few hours after us landing in Venice on Thursday, November 14. Lucky for her, the early sunset and flooding predictions for the next day forced us to go to on our photoshoot/tour shortly after our arrival in Venice without too much complaining from my tired, hungry self.

The timing of everything could not have been more perfect- we had a beautiful, sunny day with no rain on our engagement day. The next day, however, was a whole different story: the town was so flooded we had to wear rain boots up to our thighs to walk through the water to get anywhere. We strolled through the town, in and out of coffee shops, through little backstreets and over canals with soaked feet and wet hair.

Maybe this might not have been an ideal situation for most people, but for us, it was just another crazy, exciting adventure to add to our list of doing life together- and we couldn’t be happier with that.

Photographer Valeria D’Angelo

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