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Diana and Daniel are my DREAM clients....
Because they were more excited about their marriage than their wedding. Yes, the wedding is fun and it matters, too... but I LOVE when people understand the importance of the covenant they are entering into and how beautiful of a thing God created marriage to be.
Diana looked like a princess and Daniel was her dashing prince. I have so much respect for these two; they decided at their first look (the morning of their wedding day) to wait and kiss each other until the ceremony! How sweet is that??!
One of my favorite things about their wedding day was how each and every guest was so excited to be there to witness it. Not to mention, I'm pretty sure the whole town of Keyport was volunteering to help make this beautiful day happen! They even transformed a regular old gym into a whimsical ceremony space with lights and curtains, and more. I could not believe my eyes! See for yourself:
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If you're reading this blog, I'm assuming you've already read my previous blog (Becoming a Brose, Part 1) so if you haven't, feel free to go back one and read it. Then you'll know how Kyle and I met and started dating!
When you know, you know.
Kyle and I had been dating for 5 months, out of which, 3 and a half of those months he was in Mazatlán, Mexico helping out at a YWAM base. Long distance dating was hard but good; It forces you to learn how to communicate!
While Kyle was in Mazatlán, I got to go visit him for two weeks and help on projects around the YWAM base as well. It was during this time together, I realized that I was in love with this guy. One day we were relaxing by the pool and I looked over at him reading his Bible. I thought to myself, "This is the man of my dreams."
I will never forget the day we were walking along the malecon (boardwalk) in Mazatlán and Kyle asked if we could go to a few jewelry stores so I could show him what kind of ring I liked. Outwardly, I tried keeping my cool. Inwardly, I was freaking out. What I said was "Sure!" what I meant was "ARE YOU FOR REAL???!! YOU WANT TO PUT A RING ON IT??!!! YES PLEASE BECAUSE I REALLY REALLY LIKE YOU AND WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH YOU, TOO!"
Kyle Pops the Question
Kyle had been home from Mexico for two weeks or so when he planned a date for us to go on a "sunrise hike". I was up at 4am and drove to meet him at his parent's house in Poulsbo, WA. From there, we drove to the Kingston-Edmonds ferry and started heading East.
During the ferry ride Kyle turned to me and nervously said, "Umm our plan A didn't really work out today so we're going with plan B, which mostly consists of wingin' it.... starting now."
I didn't care! I was just so happy to be with him and I had no clue that today was going to be the day we got engaged.
We drove and drove. And drove some more.
About 2 hours into our drive I see a sign that says "Leavenworth 20 Miles" and sure enough, that's where we were headed! I have a deep love for Leavenworth, so Kyle made a good decision whilst "wingin' it" that day.
We arrived around 8am so no stores were open and the town was very quiet. Kyle tells me he's going to find a parking spot and the next thing I know, we are pulling into a RV Camp.
"What in the world are you doing?? Why are we looking for parking here?!"
"Meeting some friends" Kyle said with a smile.
Strangely enough, we had some friends who were camping in Leavenworth in their RV and we pulled right up to their spot to say hi. Kyle had texted them on our way there to see if it was okay if we stopped by. We ended up having breakfast with them and walking around the town on that beautiful sunny Memorial Day in May.
After lunch, we all start walking down to the river where one friend suggests we take a group photo (By now, all of our friends were aware that Kyle was going to propose to me). Of course I think that's an amazing idea... so I scout out the perfect spot. There it was. The PREFECT spot... right by the river and in the background there was snow capped mountains, bright blue sky, and fluffy white clouds with the warm sun shining through.
"THIS IS THE SPOT YOU GUYS!" I said excitedly.
When it was our turn to get our photo taken, I handed my phone off to my friend Kylie so she could take our picture. The rest of our friends suddenly all got their phones out, too, but I didn't realize how weird that was until afterwards.
I rested my head on Kyle's chest, wrapped an arm around him, and smiled.
I could feel Kyle's heart beating quickly and thought, "that's odd." His heart was racing as if he'd just finished running a marathon! He was holding his arm up behind me above my head (with the ring box open for the picture) and when I went to see what he was holding, he quickly pulled the ring down. When I turned back around, he was on one knee.
"Alicia, this is the real deal."
He probably started his proposal this way because he had thought it was hilarious to fake-propose to me (5 times to be exact). Like when we went river rafting with his family and afterwards, sitting by the river he says "I have something for you" gets on one knee and gives me a rock. Not a rock like a huge diamond. I mean a dirty pebble that he just found on the ground. Which I threw into the river.
"I know we've been talking about this for a while now and I finally got my hands on a ring. I love you so much and I want to spend the rest of my life with you..."
At this point, I'm laughing because I have such a mixture of emotions flowing through me, I'm not sure what to do. Excitement, disbelief (I had to check and make sure it was a real ring this time), shock, pure joy, and nervousness.
Still on a knee, Kyle stutters over his words until his friend Richie yells, "YOU'VE GOT TO ASK HER, MAN!" (All our friends were still clicking away capturing the photos and video, which I am so grateful for)
"Oh, yeah, will you marry me?"
Kyle put the ring on my finger and we gave each other a big hug.
Our First Kiss
Here's a fun fact: That day, May 26th 2014, was the first day we kissed.
And the first day I told Kyle, "I love you."
When I was 16, I decided the next guy I kissed would be the man that I married. And by God's grace, that was what happened! I told Kyle my resolution 3 days after we started dating and he told me not to worry- he wasn't going to kiss me until there was a ring on my finger.
LADIES: set high standards and do not compromise.
GENTLEMEN: the more you set and respect boundaries, the more attractive you become to her.
Our first kiss was magical. As soon as we opened our eyes, the sun shined brighter and the birds sang louder. It was a sweet moment and a beautiful day.
The whole drive home we called our friends and family to let them know we were engaged. It was so exciting to celebrate over the phone with our parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. It's so much more meaningful for them to find out from you than from Facebook!
I also found out what Plan A was supposed to be that day. Kyle had arranged for us to take a hot air balloon ride during sunrise and he was going to propose while we were in the sky! After he called the hot air balloon company that morning, they told him there was too much wind and it had to be cancelled. So he got on his knees and prayed that God would make the day special anyways.... and He sure did.
p.s. we ended up going on that hot air balloon ride the next morning and it was amazing... however it would NOT have been an ideal place to be proposed to in. Crammed in a basket with 3 strangers? No thanks! We joke that we were on cloud 9 while we were in cloud 9. Because we were!
The Big Day
Our relationship happened fairly fast. We dated for 5 months and were engaged for 3 and a half months before we got married. It sounds short, but it felt long!
Y'ALL I did not understand why people eloped until I started planning our wedding. But lets be real here... my mom did most of the planning and hard work for our wedding and it was perfect. Thank you, momma. I love you so much!
On September 13th, 2014, we said "I Do" in front of our family and friends at Raspberry Ridge Farm in Poulsbo, WA. It was such a wonderful day! We had so many people pitch in to help make it an unforgettable celebration. All of our flowers were grown and given to us for free, our cake was made for free, the ladies that cooked and served the food did it for free, and our wedding photographer (Maria Hays) agreed to take our wedding photos even though she didn't usually weddings. The whole day was a dream come true.
Did I mention I love being married to Kyle Brose?
I love being married to Kyle Brose.
If you're NOT into mushy love stories, move along please.
If you ARE into mushy love stories, keep reading... I am about to tell you the story about how I met Kyle, my husband, and how our story began.
Well, this is a photo of 17-year-old Kyle. The guy in this picture didn't like school, loved football, only went to church because his parents made him and thought the party life would make him cool.
I didn't know Kyle yet... probably because I was in 5th grade.
One thing that hasn't changed about Kyle since this picture is his bravery in accepting bets. Like "'I'll bet you a dollar you wont eat that worm" or "I'll give you 5 dollars if you swallow that goldfish alive." or "$20 you wont drink that whole bowl of salsa verde." and don't forget "If you shave both your eyebrows off, I'll give you $50." (Yes all of those are real bets that, of course, he accepted.)
Meet Alicia (Me):
This is a photo of 17-Year-Old Alicia. I cried when I got my first A-, told my friends to "watch their language", led a Bible study with junior high girls every week, and obviously, I thought I was a gangster.
At this point in my life, I knew who Kyle Brose was ( I think we met when I was about 15 but I don't remember the exact time) because we went to the same church. I thought he was cute and funny.
OKAY, let's be real, I Facebook stalked him. Hard. And I may or may not have practiced writing my first name with his last name.
However, during this season of my life, I wasn't interested in dating because I was pursing a relationship with God and He was teaching me what true love actually looked like. I was also learning to set my standard high for whoever my future husband would be.
Fast Forward to Kyle's 24th Birthday
"Happy Birthday Kyle!!! :)"
I didn't know that sweet little text I sent on 10/17/2013 would lead to my life changing so drastically, so quick!
After a few text messages back and forth I started to realize how interested Kyle was in my life. Don't worry, at this point I'm 18. Fully legal adult.
A few weeks went by as we chatted via text message and I started to wonder what on earth I was doing?! I wouldn't want those junior high girls I was leading to be texting a boy, just because... and I wanted to set a good example for them. But I was interested in Kyle and liked talking to him.
During a conversation with my mentor and friend, Jenni, I got some great advice.
Me: "Jenni, I'm not sure what to do. I have been talking with Kyle and I think maybe he's interested in me..."
Jenni: "Well, have you sensed any "red flags"?
(You know... he is rude to his mom, has debt up to his eyeballs, makes you feel pressured, or likes the 49ers... those kind of red flags.)
"Uhh...*thinking about any possible red flags* No."
"And do you eventually, someday, maybe want to get married?"
"Well then, eventually, someday, you're going to have to date a boy."
Instantly I felt a peace. Almost like I needed permission to pursue a relationship with Kyle that could become more than a friendship. Thanks, Jenni. You're rad.
Our First Date
I call it a date. Kyle called it a "friend date" because he didn't want me to feel pressured or like he was coming on too strong. So you know what he did??
He made me pay for my own chicken salad.
Never mind the fact that he drove me and paid for my $25 ticket to a hockey game later that evening... nope. I had to pay for my own $7 salad. (I'm not actually resentful... this is now one of our inside jokes because it's hilarious.)
Earlier that day we were walking through the mall and I saw one of those fancy new cars they put in the walk-way with it's hood up. It reminded me that my car's low coolant light was on and I mentioned that to Kyle. He said, "oh I can take a look at it when I drop you off at your car tonight."
By the end of the night, though, I had long forgotten his promise and I was ready to say goodbye when Kyle said, "Oh yeah! let me take a look at your coolant." He opened the hood of my car, checked the coolant and let me know I was a little low.
"I think I have some in my pick up."
*goes back to his pickup to look*
"Yeah, here it is. I'll just pour it in really quick. And let me just check your oil while I'm at it."
*Wipes the oil dipstick off on the inside of the bottom of his pants* (I faint a little inside... what a guy.)
"You're a little low on oil, too... I think I have some....... yeah, you can have this."
*Pours the oil in*
...and right then, ladies and gentlemen, was when I knew. Even if we only stayed friends. I knew I should keep this guy around.
More than a friend
After a few weeks of going on dates with each other, I was "in like" with Kyle. I could see myself marrying him. No red flags, still.
I had high expectations for my future husband, and yet, Kyle surpassed them. If you know him (the Kyle he is now, not the high school version of Kyle) than you know all of this is true: he is kind, he is bold, he loves his family, he is loyal to his friends, he will go out of his way to make someone feel welcome and seen, he is an extremely hard worker, he has a light hearted sense of humor, and most importantly, he loves God and is constantly in pursuit of becoming more like Christ.
On December 28th, 2013, Kyle took my dad out for coffee to ask for his blessing to "court" me. I kid you not. He said "court" because he believed he wanted to marry me someday. And I would not have started dating him if I couldn't picture myself marrying him!
Later that day, I met Kyle at the waterfront in Poulsbo, WA and we made it official. With a beautiful bouquet of flowers in his hand he asked me to be his girlfriend and I said YES!
Then, of course, I made it Instagram official.
My friends (and family) were a little bit in shock since I had been known to be a huge advocate of girls enjoying and cherishing their season of singleness (I STILL AM!) and I was not interested in dating... at all. Until I was. :)
If you have read all of this until now.... well... that will make me feel like I didn't just write all of this for nothing! So thanks!
Stick around for Part 2 of Becoming a Brose....Our story of how we got engaged and then married!