Kaleo gave me a super romantic proposal. Let’s start with the shorter version for my engagement story =) He proposed to me on our last day in Costa Rica. In the morning, I got a massage and time to hang out at the beach. In the evening, Kaleo and I rode off into the sunset on horses and, when we stopped along the beach, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said, "Yes!", and he picked me up and swung me around. That night we had a fantastic dinner at a five star Italian restaurant in Puerto Viejo, called La Pecora Nera. When we got back to the hotel, he led me out to the beach where candles that spelled out, “Marry me?”, next to a small bonfire and a big blanket to sit on.
You will have to scroll down to the bottom to read the longer version =)
We stayed at a hotel right along a black and white sand beach called Hotel Banana Azul. We loved it there and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Puerto Viejo.
Our room at Banana Azul had an open air deck with a comfy hammock to lay in!
This drink is called a Coco Loco and was my favorite drink of the trip. Kaleo ordered one for me the night he proposed =) <3
Most of the time, we had the beach all to ourselves!
The beaches around Puerto Viejo are so pretty!
Horse back riding along the beach was super fairy tale and beautiful. Even better, these horses lived right next to the Jaguar Rescue Center and had amazing owners. They were well fed and well taken care of.
Here’s THE LONG more dramatic VERSION
“The Perfect Storm”
It seems like a lot of girls in love will tell you, “I am the luckiest girl in the world to have found a man like him!” Although that is super true to how I feel, it’s more accurate to say that I feel extremely grateful to live in such harmony with him most of the time. Like all couples, we have our differences and when they come up we are usually able to embrace what I call the fire and the flood. Kaleo and I have such a deep spiritual connection and when conflicts arise it makes it easy to work through anything. We trust each other completely and so we can open up to one another without any feelings of fear or judgement.
We have been together for over 6 years now and this trip to Costa Rica was the first trip we had been on without family or friends for over 4 years. Let’s be honest, I was practically planning it to be a proposal week. As you can see by the pictures, the week was absolutely beautiful and we loved spending time to together and doing fun activities, like; visiting coffee plantations, snorkeling, visiting animal rescue centers, eating lots of amazing food and chocolate, rafting, and swimming in the ocean! I actually didn’t think much about the proposal until the second to last day, when all of a sudden, it hit me that we only had one day left and he still had not proposed! A flood of thoughts and feelings hit me like a giant wave.
"Did he not plan anything? Was he really expecting me to wait until the last day? Doesn’t that take away from the surprise? Is he even going to propose this trip? And if not, how am I even going to deal with that? DID HE REALLY PROCRASTINATE for something this important?! Maybe I should have proposed to him or helped him plan!?”
I know you are all are like LOL if not crying from laughter at this point BECAUSE I know… it’s ridiculous and maybe I am a little crazy... but let’s be real, a lot of us gals go through these little “emotional storms” and it’s OKAY. In fact, we all want to be perfect but sometimes were not.
I knew I was being ridiculous and so I didn’t say much to him. That evening, the night before our last full day in Puerto Viejo, we took a moonlight walk along the beach. Everything felt perfect; the thoughts and feelings from earlier in the day melted away. But, when we finished our “perfect” walk and there was still no proposal, the wave hit me again. We walked back to our room and pretty much as soon as Kaleo’s head hit the pillow, he was out like a light… even though the lights were on. At this point the storm inside me swelled and I thought the perfect solution would be to sit down and meditate. After meditation, or trying to meditate for 20 minutes, my conclusion was to wake him up and tell him how I was feeling. I woke him up and tears were streaming down my face. I tried to explain myself but also felt frustrated and flustered. I ended up telling him that I was going to go sit on the beach to try to clear my head. He followed me out with a ring and got down on one knee. He said, “You impatient girl, I love you with all my heart. Will you marry me?” With tears of happiness, I said yes. I wrapped my arms around him and gave him kisses mixed with salty tears.
Of course, if you read the first paragraph of this post, you can see that the following day was absolutely perfect and that I ended up getting three proposals. Kaleo explained to me that the second, horse proposal was a decoy so that I could be completely surprised by the third, and I really was surprised! The third proposal completely blew my mind and all I could think about was that I had found the perfect man to deal with my perfect storms.