If there is something we girls just can’t resist, it’s an adorable proposal story. And this one is not just adorable, it’s big and elaborate and dreamy and magical in every possible way.
After dating for a wonderful eight months and having met each other’s family, Shiv and Kamana were ready to take the next big step. Kamana had a trip planned to visit Shiv in SF, but was not expecting anything out of the ordinary. But once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale. Here’s the beautiful proposal story from Kamana herself.
“Before I left for SF, Shiv mentioned that he had an awards breakfast for work on Sunday. Thankfully, (since he knows me so well) he said we would be taking pictures. After searching for a week, I found a pretty white shift dress on sale at Anthropologie for the same.
On Sunday morning, we drove to the idyllic Chateau St. Jean, nestled in the heart of Sonoma Valley. As we approached the estate, I saw an enchanting castle with vineyards, lush gardens, and ivy covered arches all around. Smelling the scent of vines, grapes and roses entwined with the morning dew, I marveled at how the scenery complimented the crisp summer morning. As we turned into the parking lot, I noticed there weren't many cars. Where is everyone, I wondered?
Notice the little hand-written messages on the paper hearts...awww!
Such a pretty setup …
I followed Shiv into the Chateau's secret garden and as we entered, I heard my favorite Atif Aslam song - the live acoustic version of Pehli Nazar Mein. The walkway was scattered with pink and white rose petals leading to a cozy little couch. Above the couch were roses hanging from two trees with hand written notes on heart-shaped cards. A monogram with our initials was etched on each mint and coral-coloured heart (my favourite colours!). Inside each card was a message about why he loves me. I was so touched by the elegance and beauty of each detail he had thought of. And then Shiv went down on one knee…
He proposed with the most stunning ring I have ever seen. There were so many emotions and feelings of happiness wrapped in that one moment. We called our parents to celebrate and Melissa from Weddings by Sunnyside captured each of our moments to perfection. Shiv had rented out the estate for the morning to keep the experience more intimate. What followed was a reserve wine tasting in the Chateau's private outdoor lounge and a lovely brunch at Napa’s historic Auberge du Soleil restaurant. We dined on the patio overlooking the gorgeous vineyards as we put an end to one of the most beautiful afternoons of my life.
Images courtesy Kamana Sharma.
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Published on May 19, 2016