Hey there!  – Jay Kadlec blogging here.

You don’t usually hear from me, but I wanted to tell you about my amazing proposal experience!

When I was planning my proposal I knew I wanted Coastline’s involvement in capturing our moment, not only because they’re our friends, but because we’d cherish the video for the rest of our lives. They put great effort in planning out exactly where they could hide and still get fantastic shots. It certainly worked, she didn’t notice them until the end when they came out! They were like ninjas (okay they were ninjas); super professional and unobtrusive.



Alright enough talk of how awesome Coastline is, here’s our story from the perspective of my beautiful fiancee:

Our Engagement

As I understand it, he purchased my gorgeous ring right after Thanksgiving 2012. I was completely clueless, and have no idea how he kept it a secret for three months! He also had a plan in the works. He asked his employer and co-workers at Coastline Studios to film the proposal at Sparrows (where we went on our first date) and also planned to recreate our date by having a group of friends barge in again, like they had the first time. It was a strategically devised plan that included an interview with Jay beforehand, and the film crew meeting at Sparrows to map out where they would be set up.

On February 17th, 2013, Jay took me back to Sparrows for our anniversary date. It was very crowded when we got there, and he quickly suggested that we sit at the table near the front with the pretty flowers. He excused himself to the bathroom, and while he was gone, six of our friends came strolling in through the front door!

Jay appeared a moment later with a mic hooked to his shirt! I was really confused why he had a mic on, but decided I should just go along with it and see what happened.

He opened my gift and card, and then handed me his. This is what it said: “To my Sweet Pea with Love: this was our first date one year ago today; friends barging in included. And I can’t believe it’s been only one year and five days since I happened to be in the same room as you. When my only thought was, “Hey, she’s cute.” Now I think, “How blessed am I to have such a loving, beautiful, hilarious, and somehow even-more-ridiculously-cute-than-when-I-first-met-her Christian woman to call my own?” and the only thought that follows that is this moment here…”

He got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and said, “Abigail Lael Hansen, will you marry me?” And of course, I said yes!

Needless to say it was incredible and I’m so glad to have it all captured and made into a film. So great to post it and have all of our friends and family tearing up over our proposal, we made so many people cry that week. 

Now it’s your turn to cry
Enjoy the film–

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