A Proposal in Amarillo, TX

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Along classic Route 66 lies Cadillac Ranch, an art installation in which old Cadillacs are half-buried into the ground. People on road trips from all over stop in Amarillo, Texas to spray paint on the cars and add their signature. I woke up feeling great, driving through New Mexico and allowing my thoughts to drift to all the people in my life that make it so incredible gave me a boost of energy for the day. It was a drive day for us, sure we wanted to see Cadillac Ranch, but what we really wanted was a good night’s rest. Apparently, Grant had something else in mind..

We got to Cadillac Ranch around sunset, spray paint in tow and, of course, my hoop. I intended to take LED hoop photos, so as the last few people did their “art” on the cars and left, Grant set the tripod up (presumably for my hoop shots) and we waited for the sun to set a bit more. It was kind of trashed all around the cars, people just threw their spray paint cans on the ground and there was a giant mud puddle surrounding all but two of them. Despite this, we figured it’d be worth it to shoot since it is so iconic. Grant began to spray paint something, I saw it was the outline of a heart. I figured we’d just write GM + MJ and go on our way, but he told me it was a surprise and not to look. I bid my time by watching a storm approach in the horizon, and waited for him to call me over. He came to get me, led me with my eyes closed, (all the while I was thinking, he’s just going to write something stupid to joke with me)..I was wrong. I opened them, read “Marry Me?” and after a second to ask “are you serious?!” I bawled immediately.

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I turned around to find him on one knee, ring in hand, and it was the most surreal moment of my life. I had to consciously tell myself to remember it, pay attention, take a picture of him in my mind. We were getting engaged! After what felt like three seconds went by (but was probably 5 minutes), we were embracing and enjoying the moment, and he let me know he had been filming us. I thought that was adorable and was thankful to be able to replay that moment over again. I was absolutely shocked and not expecting it, especially at such a random place like Cadillac Ranch. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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(A beautiful picture of me after having cried my eyes out.)

8 Responses

  1. I just took a look at your photos on Flipbook which led me to your blog and super cool proposal story. I wish you guys all the joy and happiness along your journeys through life. Keep that footage and always play it back whenever you seem to wander too far from the path on this most EPIC journey. Your photos are inspiring. Keep them coming. I can’t wait to buy the coffee table book, as long as I get a photo from the weddingπŸ˜€ Journey On!

    • Maria Jacob

      Thank you very much, Jeff! If a coffee table book is ever on the way, we hope to be able to give one to you πŸ˜‰

  2. Congratulations!! I wish you both the best. What a great way to end an awesome journey.

    I was just curious what you shoot with by the way? Thanks!

  3. Hey guys!
    This is so cute to read about your propsoal and to see the pictures! This is such a cute story. We are happy to have met you two along our trip in Guatape, Colombia, and we wish you best on your adventures ahead! If we make it to Taiwan at all hopefully we can meet up! Blessings for your future πŸ™‚

    Amrine and Oscar
    http://www.dancinaroundtheworld.com

    • Maria Jacob

      It was so nice meeting you both as well! Please do let us know if you are in Taiwan, we’d love to show you around once we get familiarized πŸ™‚ Happy trails!

  4. Hey guys!
    This is so cute to read about your propsoal and to see the pictures! This is such a cute story. We are happy to have met you two along our trip in Guatape, Colombia, and we wish you best on your adventures ahead! If we make it to Taiwan at all hopefully we can meet up! Blessings for your future πŸ™‚

    Amrine and Oscar
    http://www.dancinaroundtheworld.com

  5. Andy Robertson

    Oh my goodness. I just read this outloud to patty while in our hotel room and we are just soo excited for you two. So great to hear the full story :’]]] I would have cried too ! Best wishes to the traveling love birds

    • Maria Jacob

      Ah thank you girl! Have an awesome trip as well to ya both πŸ™‚ <3

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