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…Will You Marry Me?

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 5:15 am – Journal Entry – My toes are tingling and my heart is racing, my mind jumping from one memory to another idea, and then on to the next. Last night, in a Starbucks re-creation of our first date, Shane got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him. “Ever since our first date I knew you were the one… I fall more and more in love with you each day… Mikaela Ruth, will you marry me?” He says there was a pause before I said yes! Of course! And then I dropped to the ground to be close to him and to hug him and he slipped the ring on to my finger.

What was to be a photo field trip, at this great place he had discovered, turned out to be the night of our engagement! This grand scheme that he and close friends were in on. He led me to this clearing in the woods and he told me to close my eyes. I clung to his hand but he felt different, his arm was tense. The moment I was allowed to open my eyes is a moment that will be burned into my memory forever. It was the most peculiar feeling to see something so unexpected, so creatively carried out, something that took weeks and hours to plan, for me. For this moment. For us. Surreal.

Starbucks in the woods. Our Starbucks, our first date in those two comfy chairs, with our same two drinks – a passion tea lemonade and a green tea lemonade, and that fruit bar Shane had as well. A homemade candle in a Starbucks sample cup flickered, the prettiest bouquet of pink peonies, and music playing in the background. We sat, me in stunned silence and broken sentences. Knowing what would most likely come next, but not daring to think it, at the same time. Derrick ran by in the corner of my eye, leaving behind a video camera, while I caught someone taking photos in the bushes! Another video camera on a table! Crap, why didn’t I wear my contacts tonight, why the glasses? And off they came :) Then Shane pulled out a ring box and said those words and it happened.

Oh I don’t want to forget a thing about this night! Shane asked if I’d like a tour and again and again I was blown away by the detail, thought and love he had put into it. “Where did..whaa…?” I mean, just take a good look at the pictures! We picked up the cameras (that was what we were there for, after all!), laughing at how difficult it was when you’re shaking, and then Andie was allowed to run out and the celebrating began! Particularly when Shane handed me his phone and on the other end was friend and wedding photographer Jasmine Star. To congratulate us and – as if I didn’t already have more than enough to completely stun me – to say that next week, when Shane and I come to California and meet up with her and JD for lunch, well we’re not having lunch. We’re having our engagement shoot!!! Seriously?! Am I the luckiest girl or what?

Close friends and family began to trickle in, Shane snuck away to change into a Starbucks barista uniform, and it was a party! How special it was to celebrate with everyone, even if it still hadn’t settled in yet. Bonny told me to savour it, take it in, this is my engagement. I’m grateful for her reminder :)It was a blur and I’m so happy to have video footage! We’re in the process of having a video created and once it is, it will be posted right here! Ahh I could keep typing but it’s been an exhausting weekend (who can sleep when there is a wedding to the man of your dreams to plan?!?!) and I’m ready to let the photos tell the rest of our story….


This sign and this note took my breath away. Special mention goes to Robyn Michelle-Lee for the photo! More from that shoot can be found here.


It’s true – we re-enacted the proposal for the sake of pictures :)



At first I thought he misspelled wi-fi for some reason…until it was pointed out that it’s actually pronounced ‘wifey’ ;)


My excited disbelief at Jasmine’s phone call and surprise!


I still can’t get over this…plus, I really like the sound of my soon-to-be new name :)


Jack Johnson for the concert of his we went to last Fall…oh and notice the ‘Congratulations’ card? Details, details!


Any aspect that could possibly personalized, he was on it…


Hello, fiance!



I was teased because of my excitement over the strands of lights Shane bought! Like, look what I’m marrying into!


Love these girls!


And the ring. Which Shane searched for and picked out with absolutely no word from me…I think it’s the most beautiful thing.


Shane, Shane, Shane. My fiance! I know I was too stunned for many words on Friday night but I hope you know just how much you mean to me. I’m still blown away that you’re mine, that God chose you for me. Me. You bless my life in more ways than I can count and your total thoughtfulness in creating the BEST proposal EVER just goes to show that. I’m so excited to be on this journey with you, my best friend, as it takes us to our wedding day and a lifetime beyond. I LOVE YOU!!

And to all those that helped out and set up and took pictures and filmed and celebrated…thank you from the bottom of my/our heart.

Now off to California!! :)

Edited to add: Shane and I are blown away by all the congrats, well wishes, love and support everyone has shown. I wish I could hug each and every one of you! This small note of sincere thanks will have to suffice…thank you, thank you. You’ve made this exciting time that much more memorable! xox

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  • Amber S - June 20, 2011 - 10:32 am

    The ring is gorgeous! Congrats girl!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Cervo - June 20, 2011 - 10:35 am

    I knew it!! Congratulations you two!! SO SO SO exciting!!ReplyCancel

  • Carlee - June 20, 2011 - 10:37 am

    WOW!! Congrats Mikaela!! What an amazing proposal!! Best wishes to the both of you!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Lovi - June 20, 2011 - 10:41 am

    Congratulations Mikaela!! This is the cutest engagement ever…um, hello…Starbucks in the woods, and all those details…so amazing! Shane is a keeper :) Have an amazing trip here to California, and have a fun engagement session with Jasmine!!! You deserve it! xo ps…your engagement ring is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey Loewen - June 20, 2011 - 10:44 am

    I’m going crazy over all the detail! You found yourself a very good husband. There’s no doubt about that. Congratulations, once again!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Connolly - June 20, 2011 - 10:45 am

    Wow! Congrats! That is amazing, love all the details he put into it all! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - June 20, 2011 - 10:47 am

    Ahh I still can’t get over how incredibly thoughtful and creative and PERFECT Shane is for my sister!! So very happy and excited for both of you:) What a fun night!! Now time to plan YOUR wedding!! Have fun in Cali! xoReplyCancel

  • robyn michelle-lee - June 20, 2011 - 10:52 am

    andrew and i are both sending huge congratulations to you both… we’ve both just been admiring the story and images with teary eyes in total awe… we love you!ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - June 20, 2011 - 10:54 am

    :) Mikaela!!!! I am soooo excited for you! Ohh this is amazing and I know you are probably the happiest girl in the world right now. :) :) :) have sooo much fun in CA and I can’t wait to see your engagement photos! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Martens - June 20, 2011 - 10:59 am

    CONGRATS!!! To you and Shane!! Have fun in Cali, can’t wait to see your engagement pics!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - June 20, 2011 - 11:05 am

    Congrats to two you!! That is so amazing and such a beautiful engagement. I agree with Bonny, cherish your engagement, all the planning is so much fun but time really does fly by, I have just under 2 months to go.ReplyCancel

  • Raquel Friesen - June 20, 2011 - 11:06 am

    My goodness! That is the best, most thoughtful, romantic, AMAZING proposal I have ever heard! I got teary eyed reading it! Congrats! The ring is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Justine Russo - June 20, 2011 - 11:20 am

    Mikaela! Congrats!!! I am sitting her so blown away at the thoughtfulness of his proposal! So so so gorgeous! Definitly brought tears to my eyes!
    Have so much fun planning, you will be a gorgeous bride!!! Definitly a tad jealous you get Jasmine as your wedding photographer!!! (okay VERY jealous)
    All the best!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Aretha - June 20, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Congratulations Mikaela & Shane! What a magical proposal!ReplyCancel

  • Kevi Zupancic - June 20, 2011 - 11:24 am

    Wow! Congratulations! He sure outdid himself! Marriage is the best!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna W - June 20, 2011 - 11:32 am

    Sniff…sniff!! Where is my tissues?!!
    I’m so happy for you two!! Shane’s like family to us and he couldn’t of found a better person to spend his life with. You guys are so amazing together! Love you both xoReplyCancel

  • Renee - June 20, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Oh. My. Word. What an incredible moment and so ‘you’ … just love it!!! Many congratulations to you both!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerensa Underwood - June 20, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    So happy for the two of you! I hope you are able to enjoy each moment in this season, I can’t wait to see the photos! All the best!ReplyCancel

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  • Shanna - June 20, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    OH.MY.GOSH…. this is far too amazing!!!!!! He got every single detail perfect!!! Does he work at Starbucks?? Is this how he was able to get everything??? I used to work there… and not one detail was left out!!!! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Brittanyh - June 20, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    Wow! Congratulations Mikaela! What a beautiful proposal! After following your blogs and reading this particular entry I can say that you two are so blessed to have found eachother!ReplyCancel

  • erin - June 20, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    Mikaela!! Wow…just wow! As Mike put it…Shane set the bar so high it makes all other guys look bad :) so THRILLED for you both!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Quiring - June 20, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    WOW. WOW. WOW!!!!!!!! No kidding – cool proposal!! Nice job, Shane!!! Wow, that’s so thoughtful and creative.. and beautiful! Congratulations to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh - June 20, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Oh Mikaela! Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you—may God fill you to all fullness as you start this amazing journey of marriage with your best friend!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - June 20, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Congratulations on your engagement!! That was a “movie quality” proposal! Have fun with all the planning! It’s times like this I wish we all lived closer together….ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Belle - June 20, 2011 - 1:12 pm

    WOW, I am blown away! Thank you for sharing this amazing proposal of yours with us. I do not think I have ever seen so much love, thought, detail, and creativity put in to a proposal and the best part is that it represents the two of you! I am inspired by such an amazing event :) If he reads this, I hope he knows that he has made it a little harder for the other guys out there! God bless :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Spears - June 20, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    Mikaela this is the sweetest most amazing proposal ever! You two are going to be fabulously happy together for a lifetime :) All the best!ReplyCancel

  • Risa (Mom) - June 20, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    What an amazing thoughtful, creative, loving man God has given you! He knows you so well, knows what touches your heart, and you will be well-loved. So will he! CONGRATULATIONS again. We couldn’t be happier for the two of you!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - June 20, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    Wow! This is by far the most personal, most amazing proposal I have ever seen! How precious! Thank you for sharing this special moment with us. You and Shane are such a power couple! Have blast with Jasmine. Soon, people will be excited to go to your workshops, Mikaela!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Wiebe - June 20, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    Wow! What a man! congratulations Mikaela and we wish you two all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Ferreira - June 20, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    Wow – congratulations! That is so incredibly exciting! Shane truly pulled a great proposal out for you! Here comes the next exciting part – the rest of your lives together :)

    So happy for you both!!!!


  • jonda spurbeck - June 20, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    awesome!!!!! so happy for you lady! loved the proposal and it just goes to show how blessed you both are! hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Agata - June 20, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    WOW!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Seriously Shane, (and everyone who helped plan this) unbelievable!! What a fabulous engagement! All Andrea told me is that Shane proposed in the woods behind a friends place. LOL!! Boy, this is not what I pictured when she said that, lol!!! ;) HUGE congrats again!! :))

  • Angela - June 20, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    GOOD JOB Shane!!! How perfect every detail, truly amazing. So happy for you two.:)ReplyCancel

  • Vivian - June 20, 2011 - 5:56 pm

    Congratulations!! What a beautiful proposal…the attention to detail is amazing! Wow :)ReplyCancel

  • Rose Dykstra - June 20, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    This is ridiculously cute! Well done, Shane, look at all those details! Congrats to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Risa (Mom) - June 20, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    Ok, wait a minute…he makes candles too??ReplyCancel

  • Lori - June 20, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    How amazingly memorable! You are both so beautiful – enjoy each other all the way!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Clarke - June 20, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    Wow! This is such a wonderful and incredibly planned out engagement! Beautiful story! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - June 20, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! I am so happy for you and as everyone is saying I am so blown away by all the love in the details that Shane has done for you…. you have an amazing guy! And these photos are just beautiful… they will be such a wonderful treasure for you both to reflect on in years to come and for your future kids to see : ) lol.
    I LOVE the “pick of my life”, the starbucks board with his special note to you, and well, pretty much everything! What a great engagement story! Congrats again and again. Mike and I are thrilled for you.

    ps: i’ve been waiting for this post to happen!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - June 20, 2011 - 11:17 pm

    Next to my own proposal story, this one is my favourite!! Congrats you two, cannot wait to hear about the planning, and continuing the story of your lives together! :)ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - June 20, 2011 - 11:29 pm

    Congratulations! What an amazing engagement story! Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you two. I love you so much Mikaela, you’re such a special lady and I’m so thankful that you’ve found someone so special to share your life with. You deserve nothing but the best, and I’m so happy when I think about how perfect you and Shane are for each other! Love you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • denise nicole - June 20, 2011 - 11:53 pm

    Wow wow wow wow. I am in tears right now. Tears of joy for how much this guys obviously adores you to go out of his way and think of every detail possible to reenact that first date. True soul mates. I am sooooooo happy for you!!!! How amazing to be loved unconditionally. GOD has truly given you a wonderful man. You are such an amazing woman and by far the sweetest thing ever!!! Congrats on your journey together with your best friend and soon to be husband! Much love girl!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammynize - June 21, 2011 - 12:01 am

    I love this just as much, maybe even more, than I love COFFEE. Congrats and just beautiful and unique!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - June 21, 2011 - 5:30 am

    I used to work at Sbux and I know if asked I totally would have found a way to help him set this up. <3 It is amazing, beautiful and awesome all rolled into one. Bless you and congratulations. Creativity is not lacking in this relationship and I hope that you continue to be blessed and creative as life marches forward. <3 Love it. Have a great day :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura - June 21, 2011 - 5:47 am

    What a charming story!ReplyCancel

  • vicki - June 21, 2011 - 6:30 am

    Congratulations, this is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • colleen - June 21, 2011 - 8:56 am

    So fun and thoughtful..congratualtions!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Haché-Maguire - June 21, 2011 - 9:25 am

    You’ve never met me before, but I had to comment :) Oh my goodness… My sister-in-law, Velvet, put this on her facebook, how incredibly thoughtful of Shane! The ring is so precious. Enjoy this incredible time!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth kowal - June 21, 2011 - 9:41 am

    wow! sweetest engagement ever!! congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • dorothy huynh - June 21, 2011 - 10:47 am

    this is unreal. your fiance is amazing! thanks for sharing your story- congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine* and JD - June 21, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    WE LOVE YOU GUYS!! Can’t wait to hang out next week! This proposal was ah-maz-zing!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia - June 21, 2011 - 4:30 pm

    So so sweet! Congratulations Mikaela!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Nicole - June 21, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    So awesome….congrats!ReplyCancel

  • mandi white - June 21, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    This is perhaps the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Congratulations on your engagement!ReplyCancel

  • pam - June 22, 2011 - 7:31 am

    it’s going viral, someone just forwarded to me! congrats. what a lovely story.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - June 22, 2011 - 10:27 am

    I stumbled across your blog through a friend on facebook. Your engagement story brought me to tears! It was so sweet, thought out and creative! What an awesome memory you and your fiancee share! I know I don’t know you, but I wanted to say congrats to you and your future life together! This has to be one of the most creative things I have ever seen! God bless! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carla Neufeld - June 22, 2011 - 11:22 am

    Yay!! I’m friends with Shane from high school but saw your blog posted on Lara McAllister’s Facebook page, AMAZING. this is so cool – nice work Shane!!!! Magazine material right there ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Dueck - June 22, 2011 - 7:06 pm

    Wow…I’m overcome with all the detail. I’m so excited for you Mikaela. You are getting a very thoughtful man. All the best to you and Shane from A Sharon & U Rod.ReplyCancel

  • dian pertiwi - June 22, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    oooo gosh..such a nice story and nice ring,congratulation for both of them.ReplyCancel

  • Tina - June 22, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    Huge thumbs up to Shane for a one-of-a-kind proposal! I smiled throughout the entire blog post as if I knew you guys from way back (LOL!). May God bless your union, may the two of you fall deeper in love with each other with each passing year, and may your life together be filled with joy, laughter, and marital bliss! Congratulations, Mikaela & Shane!
    P.S. Starbucks shouted you guys out on Twitter! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Maria - June 22, 2011 - 10:54 pm

    This has got to be the BEST proposal ever. Ever. Ever.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy - June 22, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    The best of luck to you guys. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. Greetings from Hamburg, Germany.ReplyCancel

  • Andy - June 23, 2011 - 12:37 am

    Great idea and very nice photos!
    Everything good and have fun in the new phase of life.
    from GermanyReplyCancel

  • terri zollinger - June 23, 2011 - 3:37 am

    stumbled on this through jasmine star on facebook ……

    WOW & AWESOME !!!


  • Sara - June 23, 2011 - 4:36 am

    Saw this on twitter. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! He is DEFINITELY a keeper! Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together! :)ReplyCancel

  • James Almost - June 23, 2011 - 5:20 am

    What a great romantic story of true love. Best Wishes to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Pearce - June 23, 2011 - 7:20 am

    Oh my. This is amazing. Thank you for sharing this and all Shane’s hard work! I think this ranks as one of the best proposals of all time!ReplyCancel

  • Noreen Schulz - June 23, 2011 - 7:39 am

    What a wonderful night, Amazing,
    Wishing you both an exciting engagement, and a lifetime of the Lord’s Blessing.

    Don and Noreen Schulz <3ReplyCancel

  • KyAnn - June 23, 2011 - 7:47 am

    Oh my goodness!!! This is THE cutest proposal story I have ever heard!!! :) Congratulations!!! I hope all of the planning just falls in place and that your wedding goes smoothly.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Doyle - June 23, 2011 - 7:59 am

    Dear Mikaela, I always knew Shane was special; right from the first day I met him at WestJet. I am so happy for you both. Shane is a great guy and I am thrilled he found his soul mate. What a perfect engagement! Look forward to more photos of you guys as your life begins a new chapter. XOXOReplyCancel

  • Heather - June 23, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Congrats!!! We don’t even know each other and I am sitting here (in Starbucks of all places) with tingles down my arm and tears in my eyes. Congrats on finding a man who knows what makes you happy :) The details are amazing and you have one heck of a story!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Tholmer - June 23, 2011 - 9:43 am

    As a proud Starbucks partner, I can, with great bias, say this is the best proposal I’ve ever heard of! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - June 23, 2011 - 11:30 am

    I think any girl who reads is going to want nothing less. Congrats to you & your fiance. If he can do this then the rest of your life will be a wonderful surprise everyday.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Empey - June 23, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    Congratulations! NOW, that is how a proposal is done! How exciting, and enjoy your wedding planning (and engagement session with J*! Fabulous!)ReplyCancel

  • ashley barnett - June 23, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    Oh wow! I was passed this link along and WOW. I have worked at starbucks and been an avid starbucks lover for years and years and this just blows my mind. AND Jasmine will be your photographer! Congrats!!! Amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • Nic - June 23, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    Congratulations! I am so happy for both of you! The engagement definetly out-did most, and the ring is so gorgeous! I hope you are enjoying your time together in California, engaged! Can’t wait to see the photos from the shoot! XOXOReplyCancel

  • Jodie Lemke - June 23, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    CONGRATS!! This is amazing!!! Great work Shane.. I can’t wait to see your photos J* Does :DReplyCancel

  • amelia - June 23, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    WOW! Congrats on an AMAZING proposal! You have a very thoughtful and loving guy! As a Starbucks partner, I am lucky to see those little relationships bloom on a weekly basis…this takes it to a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL!!! Best of luck for the future!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Kruse - June 23, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    LOVE ~ LOVE ~ LOVE ~ Congratulations! Such a creative and beautiful proposal…gives me hope to hang on a little longer so I can find a love like that! Never take it for granted, good love is hard to find!ReplyCancel

  • Catarina - June 24, 2011 - 6:14 am

    so unique and reminded me of our (my bf and I) first date;)ReplyCancel

  • Melisa - June 24, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Ohhh! I love this story! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruby - June 24, 2011 - 9:18 am

    This is so sweet! Thank you for sharing it and how wonderful to have pictures that captured the moment and emotions.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - June 24, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Hello, this is my first peek at your blog, followed the link from Jasmine Star’s feature. I took a look at this post and got all teary eyed – it’s great! Congratulations!

    As a former Fraser Valley girl myself, I understand the role Starbucks plays in our lives lol! I wish you two all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - June 24, 2011 - 9:27 am

    Hello, this is my first peek at your blog, followed the link from Jasmine Star’s feature. I took a look at this post and got all teary eyed – it’s great! Congratulations!

    As a former Fraser Valley girl myself, I understand the role Starbucks plays in our lives lol! I wish you two all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Lexi - June 24, 2011 - 9:37 am

    Congratulations!! :) I’m a barista at a Starbucks in Texas & this was SO AWESOME to see! Y’all are by far the cutest couple I’ve seen in a very long time & I can’t wait to see y’alls engagement pictures from Jasmine! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dee - June 24, 2011 - 10:43 am

    Oh wow! This has to be the BEST proposal ever! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 24, 2011 - 10:55 am

    What an amazing story, I love all the details and the pictures! Congratulations on your engagement & wish you both a lifetime of happiness and blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Renee - June 24, 2011 - 11:33 am

    This is an awesome story…brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing this special event with us. It’s not common these days to find a man who would put so much thought and planning into a marriage proposal. I do believe he is a keeper!!ReplyCancel

  • amber fischer - June 24, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    This is hands-down the most amazing proposal in the history of the world. I looooooove it. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Raquel - June 24, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    WOW! How could anyone top that?!! That is the sweetest thing i have ever seen :) Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marissa Nicole - June 24, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    Hello. I found you on Jasmine Star’s blog. Congrats on the engagement….& what an engagement you had. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Em - June 24, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Wow. wow. amazing love. I don’t know you, but a tear of pure happiness is shared from Ohio to somewhere in Canada…enjoy all that leads up to and surpasses your wedding day!ReplyCancel

  • rhonda - June 24, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    Mikaela! I found your blog through the blog of the person whose backyard this all took place in (who happens to be a dear friend of mine) and I was all gushy looking at her pictures and then I clicked the link to your blog to find out who this lucky girl could possibly be and it was you! I was so excited that I knew the lovely people who were a part of this event!

    What a super fantabulous setup! Lovely, lovely, lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - June 24, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    Oh my goodness Makael! Its Jodi from westjet in abbotsford, I know I have only met you a couple of times, but I was seriously in tears reading your blog! What a special day you must have had!!!!! Congrats!
    Jodi xoReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - June 24, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Wow, what a blessed girl! I’ve been starting at each photo, trying to take in all the carefully thought-through details. He did a great job, and congratulations! :)ReplyCancel

  • gladys jem - June 24, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    Congratulations Mikaela! Enjoy all the days leading up to your big day. It’s one of the best times EVER!!ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - June 24, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    Jubilation! That’s pretty astonishing. I can’t wait to see what he cooks up for your 50th anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 25, 2011 - 7:55 am

    This is the BEST story EVER!! What a creative fiancee…doesn’t get any better than that! Congratulations to you!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - June 25, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Wow. just wow. <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • Errol and Marilyn - June 25, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    wow…. now this guy is GOOD!!

    what creativity in popping the question! way to go, Shane!

    Congrats from Errol and Marilyn to both of you guys!! (and to thrilled parents too!)

    and, as always, Mikaela, the pics are OUTSTANDING!ReplyCancel

  • Luiz - June 26, 2011 - 12:40 am

    I don’t know who you are.. and randomly found this on FB, but I am truly happy for you 2!! Congrats!! “Love is all we need..”ReplyCancel

  • SEM - June 26, 2011 - 10:20 am

    awesome, awesome proposal. You know Shane has ruined any other engagement story that could possibly top this one. haha! Congratulations to the both of you!! :)ReplyCancel

  • erin * sparkle & hay - June 26, 2011 - 11:41 am

    this is the most AMAZING & detailed proposal I have ever seen. ever! period! Congratulations!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • ajira - June 26, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Wow!! Congratulations!! Absolutely sweet and thoughtful and romantic and just plain love-ly. Congrats again!!ReplyCancel

  • LK - June 26, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    Wow. Just. Wow.


    Aside to Shane … You do realize where exactly you’ve set the bar, right?ReplyCancel

  • LeolaK - June 26, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    Congratulations! I saw Jasmine’s post on your amazing, sweet story and I’ve pretty much have read it and your proposal many, many, many times! Wow…Shane didn’t leave anything out. How great that both of you found each other. Congratulations again on your engagement and the budding success of your business. Your story is very inspiring…it gives me hope for my own photography business to get up and going. Looking forward to following your story…so glad to have the intro from Jasmine. Can’t wait to see the rest of your engagement session!ReplyCancel

  • Yasmine - June 27, 2011 - 11:41 am

    I don’t even know you but I stumbled upon your blog from someone who posted this on I literally had tears in my eyes reading this and looking at the pictures. This is unbelievable. So happy for you both! Know that you’re so blessed. This is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bea - June 27, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    Congratulations!!! This is one of the best, most creative proposals I’ve ever seen! :)

    I wouldn’t forgive myself if I don’t reblog this. I hope you don’t mind!ReplyCancel

  • cat mayer - June 28, 2011 - 6:54 am

    Mikaela! What a fun proposal and you look gorgeous on Jasmine’s blog. I opened it up and thought, Hey I remember Mikaela from the workshop! So fun, enjoy every minute. Quite a handsome fellow you chose too, by the way. :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - June 28, 2011 - 7:13 am

    Holey Moley! Love the detail and intricacy of it all. So personal and special–love it!! Also, your shoot with Jasmine was stunning as well, Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Susie - June 28, 2011 - 9:17 am

    This is the best ever in proposals/engagements. Creativeness in this manner means one thing…you will never worry about boredom! Not that anyone would with the right man/woman.
    Congrats, this is just so brilliant as the future for you both shall be. Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pua - June 28, 2011 - 11:58 am

    This has to be one of the BEST proposals EVER! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL :). Congratulations and best wishes!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 28, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    I don’t even know you…saw this link on friend’s facebook wall. WOW, God really did send you an amazing man! Lucky you! Blessings for a wonderful life together!ReplyCancel

  • Astrid - June 28, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing your happy day for others to be reminded of all of the good that is still in the world!! The very best part is that your groom loves you for who you are – not what you can do for him. Keep God and grace in the center of your relationship and great and eternal things will result.
    I don’t know you, but your brought happy into my currently difficult life.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle G - June 28, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    So thought out and absolutely romantic! Thank you for sharing:)ReplyCancel

  • Josephine - June 29, 2011 - 7:37 am

    totally gorge and sweeteeeest thing everrrrr! =)
    congrats to you both!!!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Boose - June 29, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Congratulations from a barista in BC, Canada!!! Love the photos!! Wishing you both the very best!!ReplyCancel

  • Erica Adams - June 29, 2011 - 9:12 am

    This is the most romantic and inspiring proposal I have ever seen, he is a keeper. What a great woman you must be for a man to go to such great lengths to capture your heart forever. I wish many , many years of happiness to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Holdeman - June 29, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Amazingly creative reproduction and photo-journalism, congratulations to you! Blessings forever!ReplyCancel

  • Wendilynn - June 29, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Congratulations and I agree that is one of the best proposals. How clever and original. I’m a wedding DJ so I see a lot of them. I’m sharing on facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Qiana Nicole - June 29, 2011 - 9:26 am

    [tears] I am soooooooo happy for the both of you! Absolutely MIND BLOWN!!! I love all the LOVE in those details…Congratulations ! May your life be full of blessed surprises like this ! #inspired and encouraged.
    Thank You for sharing!!
    Qiana NicoleReplyCancel

  • michelle mcdaid - June 29, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Found you through a post on FB from Pure Photoshop Actions. Wow, do you have a keeper there! The thought and time that went into all those details is amazing. Congratulations and LUCKY YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Jen L - June 29, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Found you through a post on Pure Photoshop Actions facebook page… one word to describe your fiance.. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! What a terrific life you two are going to have together! Congratulations you lucky girl! lol.ReplyCancel

  • Sondra - June 29, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Oh my…wow!! You are SUCH a lucky girl!! Love all the thought and details he put into that!! Congratulations to both of you!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • MeShell - June 29, 2011 - 10:40 am

    Congratulations. This is absolutely beautiful. Love all the details, and care he put into everything. So lovely.ReplyCancel

  • JP - June 29, 2011 - 11:56 am

    That’s an amazing story, I’ve never met you (found your post through a friend’s facebook post!) but your story brought tears to my eyes. Your fiance is so incredibly sweet!
    Wishing you two good luck for the future!ReplyCancel

  • Brandy - June 29, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    This is adorable! So sweet and thoughtful. I love you coat by the way…where did you get it?ReplyCancel

  • sarah - June 29, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    CONGRATS!!! That is the best proposal ever!! What a guy you have that made sure EVERYTHING was perfect!!! I WISH THE TWO OF YOU MANY YEARS OF HAPPINESS!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - June 29, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Wow! Congratulations on your engagement and on finding such a thoughtful, loving man. I hope your life is full of wonderful surprises!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Hawke - June 29, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Congratulations! and awesome job on the engagement! That was amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Chonna - Gold Buyers - June 29, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    This entire post gave me goosebumps! I haven’t had good luck when it comes to men, I seem to attract the biggest losers of all time when it comes down to it, but YOU and HIM give me hope! There is a perfect man out there for me and he is going to sweep me off my feet assuredly! I love you two and I don’t even know you! Congrats a million times over :)ReplyCancel

  • ronda meyer - June 29, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    All I can say is WOW !!!! truly amazing ! what effort and style went into this , beautiful pictures to capture the moment !!
    Beautiful work !!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Taylor - June 29, 2011 - 2:57 pm

    Hey Mikeala!
    Just had to say your story is SO cute. But I had to tell you your story has been randomly posted on my facebook twice but two people who don’t know each other. And I read you story and thought it was awesome, but knew i recognised you from somewhere. Anyway to cut a long story short I was at Moody with Narissa, your cousin. I loved all the photos you took of them, and am shocked by how small this world is. Congrats by the way!ReplyCancel

  • Meganne Hicks - June 29, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    Congratulations! This is absolutely amazing and unbelievably awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan - June 29, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    I LOVE THIS!ReplyCancel

  • Mandie - June 29, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    I just ADORE this story- what a lucky girl you are!! Congratulations to you both, and major MAJOR props to your hubby-to-be for such a creative, personalized, and detailed proposal.ReplyCancel

  • Cara - June 29, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    This is pure… well… there’s not really a word for it. This is what love is all about. Congrats and may you enjoy each other for all lifetime. Wow!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - June 29, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    WOW! I was given a link to your blog post on Facebook and I am amazed! I am a perfect stranger who is a Starbucks fanatic and a lover of true love and you are ONE LUCKY GIRL!!! What an amazing, beautiful, touching, thoughtful, loving act your finance put in motion for you. He didn’t miss a beat, I was awe struck looking at the photos and all the details. Bravo to Shane, and best wishes to you both!!!ReplyCancel

  • Saratography - June 30, 2011 - 6:56 am

    So, in reading this, I cried like a little girl. ♥ Congratulations! YOu are truly blessed to have found such an amazing man to share your life with. Wishing you all the happiness ever!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Norris - June 30, 2011 - 3:13 pm

    My daughter, Sara Kamerer, sent me this e-mail. She was blown away by this and wanted to share it with me. What a fantastic proposal! I wish all the happiness in the world.ReplyCancel

  • Daniela Dukleska - June 30, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    I melted reading this. That’s all. :)ReplyCancel

  • leahlorna - June 30, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    Ok single most adorable thing I’ve ever heard of! Your one lucky lucky girl!! Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalba (Rose's Flowers and Gifts) - July 1, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    That is so fantastic!! CONGRATS! such detail….can’t even imagine how full of wonderful little details your wedding will be filled withReplyCancel

  • Jennett Swan - July 1, 2011 - 11:12 pm

    These pictures (and also the ones from Robyn Michelle-Lee page) are incredible! Your love for each other pops right out of each photo! Best wishes and all the blessings for a lifetime of happiness :)ReplyCancel

  • George - July 2, 2011 - 11:08 am

    I got a little misty reading this. What a great honoring of a person on both accounts. Many blessings and years of happiness to you.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Bee - July 2, 2011 - 11:36 pm

    Oh, MAN! This is the sweetest thing, EVER! Congrats you two!! :)ReplyCancel

  • s h e r r y - July 4, 2011 - 7:13 pm

    AHHHH! :) This is AWESOMEEEE! :)ReplyCancel

  • Reenie - July 12, 2011 - 10:45 am

    WOW….he thought of everything! So cute ~ congrats.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Jago - July 13, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    I cannot believe this entire shoot. Probably the most creative thing in the entire world and to think it was all planned by a guy!?!? You’ve got yourself a keeper! Congrats to you both and I can’t wait to see the wedding pics haha.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Boston Thek - July 13, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    WOW is he a set designer? Incredible!! Wonderful work capturing their memories!!ReplyCancel

  • Johannes Fenn Hochzeitsfotograf - July 18, 2011 - 2:55 am

    breathtaking, awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle Bass - July 27, 2011 - 10:48 pm

    Congratulations! What an awesome man you have been blessed with!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Stott - July 27, 2011 - 10:54 pm

    THis may just be the sweetest thing I have ever heard! LOVE LOVE LOVE how much thought he put into it and I love that you guys reenacted it for pictures! SO cute!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Brown - July 27, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    How can he top your first anniversary?? WOW and congratulations!! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - July 28, 2011 - 6:18 am

    Omgoodness!!! What a set up!! You have a wonderful man, there and I can only hope every day after this is just as wonderful. May God Bless you!!!ReplyCancel

  • shanell - July 28, 2011 - 6:26 am

    this is the most awesome prorosal ever! congrats to her looks like she has a good one :)ReplyCancel

  • Marie - July 29, 2011 - 8:52 am

    In tears…. So happy for you ;) Someone linked me to your page.. & am I glad they did!! What a beautiful way to share your story! Congratulations! I’d say he’s a definite keeper!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Briana moore - July 29, 2011 - 8:58 am

    This is beyond impressive. I just wrote 5 different sentences to try and sum up how amazing this is, and had to erase each one, because this is too awesome for words. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - July 29, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Speaking from someone who has been married only 20 years, it still moved me to tears to see it in pictures, and as an amateur shutterhound you beautifully captured all the emotions, feelings and details in pictures. Congrats and I wish you all Gods BlessingsReplyCancel

  • Steph - August 3, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    A friend sent this over to me, and I got chills reading and looking at all the pictures. I still have the chills as I’m typing up this comment.

    These pictures speak a thousand words and your love for each other is evident through them. God Bless your guys marriage and future :)

    ps. your fiance is probably the most talented male i’ve ever seen. that starbucks ambiance in the woods and all the details included is AMAZING.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie Parker - August 5, 2011 - 10:00 am

    Looks fantastic!! Glad I could be a part of this! God Bless!!

    ~ Valerie from Bourquin PrintersReplyCancel

  • Valerie Parker - August 5, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Looks fantastic! Glad I could be a part of it! God Bless!!

    ~ Valerie from Bourquin PrintersReplyCancel

  • Claire @ keepsmeoutofmischief - August 5, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    Oooooh, he’s good! Hold onto him forever!ReplyCancel

  • gaby - August 10, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Wow. One of the more unique and by far the cutest proposal I’ve ever seen! Pretty amazing how much detail your fiancee put into it all!


  • Smrithy - August 16, 2011 - 8:52 pm

    LOVE EVERY SINGLE aspect of this!! And the ring is beyond fabulous! Great job Shane and congrats to you both! You make an adorable couple!ReplyCancel

  • Jessika - August 17, 2011 - 11:48 pm

    Wow-I just popped by to see wedding photos of an acquaintance from university and came across this part of your site… I don’t even know either of you and am BLOWN AWAY by this proposal and the level of detail. I hope that God blesses you both with an amazing life together.ReplyCancel

  • Francesca - September 8, 2011 - 9:06 am

    Hi I am also a photographer from Manila, Philippines and i bumped into your blog! Wow! I must say, this is the sweetest starbucks date ever! *goosebumps* I am such a sucker in proposals that put a lot of effort, time and creativity. Congratulations! And may you have more starbucks cups to share…or prolly do a starbucks hopping around the world :) God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - September 18, 2011 - 8:47 am

    OMG ok I have stumbled onto your site and I have a few things to say about it 1) Wow what amazing photography 2) I work at starbucks and this is an amazing I don’t know how it was pulled off so well but it’s amazing 3) You are so lucky to have a great proposal story :o) 4) you should send this to starbucks it’s self because they are always looking for amazing stories to tell that relate to people and their love of coffeeReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - September 22, 2011 - 9:04 am

    “In Arkansas” ran this on-line today & I LOVE it!! Sooooo precious & what a wonderful love story. My new husband & I just married May 28th (we’re much older than you!)& although we had dinner first on our 1st date, we went to Starbuck’s & closed down the store as we sat there & visited over our after-dinner coffees! I may have to steal Shane’s idea for a surprise date night! Love & best wishes to you both as you begin your life together!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - September 30, 2011 - 6:04 am

    You are a very lucky lady to have found such a sensitive, caring and thoughtful man! With all the time he took making every detail so very special for his proposal to you; I am sure you both with have a long, happy marriage. Best Wishes and Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • LYNNE KOPP - October 15, 2011 - 8:14 am

    LYNNE XOXOReplyCancel

  • JoDee Luna - November 17, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    My daughter, an ardent Starbucks fan, sent this link to me. Your are one blessed young woman. What a delight this was to see!ReplyCancel

  • jiayan wu - March 11, 2012 - 1:48 am

    Hello mikaela!
    I am Jiayan, writer from Lohas Magazine. I have seen your blog about the amazing proposal “will you marry me ”.I want to introduce it on our magazine as I hope you provide us some high-res pictures.
    Our Magazine always focuses on green lifestyle, emphasis and sustainablity lifestyle. We usually introduce some excellent design works (or the excellent idea like this proposal  ) to our readers. We have 430,000 copies every month in China mainland.
    Thank you and waiting for your reply. My email adress is :

    Jiayan WuReplyCancel

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