What would you do if your 80 year old landlord in small-town Woodland wants to set you up on a blind date? Do you say yes? How could you say no to such a nice guy? (The landlord that is) I know I would have been a bit weary of being setup by my sweet old landlord. The biggest surprise was that Monica met Joe on this blind date. The perfect thing is that they quickly found how interconnected they would become.
If you know Monica, you know she loves her dogs, and because she is a veterinarian, Monica is in love with animals period. She is a small animal vet and is proud mom to three adorable little pups she has rescued over the years. Then I saw Joe with the three little guys and I could immediately see they were a happy bunch. It didn’t matter that Monica was puked on by their new puppy Henry, both Monica and Joe laughed together at the fun craziness the dogs fill their lives with. (and Joe cleaned her up using the sock right off his own foot.)
We had met at Ancil Hoffman Park on that beautiful afternoon. Monica and Joe often enjoy a late afternoon or an evening in the park. They walk along the river, let the dogs play in the water and enjoy a perfect end to a busy day, together. It was actually just down the river a 100 yards from where we were taking pictures that Joe proposed to Monica. They paddle down the American River together in a canoe, with the dogs in tow. They ended pulling ashore on an island where they setup a small lunch together. It just so happens that Joe loves to fish, he even brings his fly fishing rod with him whenever he can. He asked Monica if he could practice his cast for a little and decided to be fake fishing and tied the ring to the end of his line (He is clearly a brave man, and has some serious knot tying skills). He cast the ring into the river and called Monica to see what he had “caught”. She waded out to where Joe was in the river as he was reeling in the ring. He was immediately down on one knee in the water and proposed to Monica. She almost fell into the river, completely caught of guard, by what is now such a memorable moment for them both.
You can see why we would end up on the river with these two! It was so fun to have them guide us to their favorite spot to play with the dogs at Ancil Hoffman Park. The water was warm, I did end up knee deep in the river to get a couple shots, but I was thrilled to as these two were the ones with the idea. Thank you for letting us see how you make each other laugh and smile. Lisa and I can not wait to see you this fall!