We’ve been together for seven years and married one of those years. We met on Tinder. Our first date was at a vegan restaurant in between both of our places. Neither of us are vegan, but we love the food! At the time, Isaac was on the west side, and Hunter was in the Valley, so it was a long-distance relationship for Los Angeles.
Tell us about the proposal.
We went on a trip to San Francisco and the Bay Area that involved our parents meeting for the first time. Isaac already had the ring and intended to propose. He tried to set up a location for it, but Hunter wanted to go somewhere else, so Isaac had to improvise. We were at the north overlook of the Golden Gate Bridge, and when we found a private place to take photos, Isaac told Hunter to look at the clouds so he could get down on one knee while Hunter was distracted. The first word out of Hunter’s mouth was “No!” but purely out of surprise and excitement. It was quickly followed by a “Yes” and pure shock that he had no idea it was coming.
Talk us through the decision to elope.
We looked into a traditional wedding, but as soon as the estimated price came into it, we quickly decided to keep things small. We wanted to pick a place that required an equal amount of travel for our immediate family and had an Airbnb big enough for everyone to stay under the same roof. Spending less on the wedding allowed us to then spend more on accommodations and turn what would have been a one-day event into a week-long event.
Talk us through the actual elopement.
We got to Colorado from our road trip a day or so before the actual day and met up with Meg and Kevin after a call to discuss logistics. There was some snow on the ground but none on the trees as it hadn’t snowed for an extended period of time. The lake where we were going to do the ceremony was rather low due to the lack of precipitation, so we weren’t sure about using it as our location. At this point, we checked the weather and saw an incoming storm. We were curious if it would be a big or light dusting of snow or just some rain. To avoid the bad weather, Meg and Kevin suggested we split up our day and get some photos at different locations around the area. This was the best plan and led to some magical shots in forests, on hiking trails, and by waterfronts.
The day of the actual wedding ceremony was nice, we weren’t split up or anything, and we got ready together like we usually do, but it felt special because not only were we together, but it was SNOWING. As we were getting ready in our cabin, vast amounts of snow were falling. We thankfully got a huge house for all of our families to stay in, so we did the ceremony on the fourth floor in an open-air loft with floor-to-ceiling windows. We both wrote our own vows, which we recited after a brief intro from Kevin. The vows were full of tears from both the grooms and the family of the grooms. After the ceremony, we retired to the lower floors for dinner, drinks, and cake. It was just a beautiful day full of so much love. Eternally grateful for how special it turned out.
What does the future hold for you both?
We’re stuck with each other forever and wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ll continue exploring the globe, creating a beautiful home, and maybe add a child into the mix in a couple of years. We’re taking it one day at a time at this point and taking time to enjoy the present together!