Lisa and I will never say no to having an engagement session in the neighborhood of our couples. We think home is such a special place. So many of us choose where we live not just for the home itself, but for the neighborhood we will be spending so much of our time. The area Evan and Elise chose to call home was Russian Hill, just a block and a half from the top of Lombard. The crazy thing is, Elise was able to get her handsome Texan to move out to California to make a new home together and Evan has quickly grown into his new Californian home. Everything is perfect except the lack of truly amazing BBQ. That may be debatable, but I will be honest I have not had true Texas BBQ and I know it is in a class of its own. In all of this I will say that Evan did an amazing job on the proposal.
Evan had setup a little trip away for the weekend in Capitola with friends for a weekend. To beat the traffic they headed down the peninsula early and suddenly they were receiving emails and texts from friends who would either be late or wouldn’t make it until Saturday. Evan still had the wool pulled over Elise’s eyes as she felt it was going to now just be a romantic evening alone. Once they were almost in Capitola, Evan started talking about how badly he had to pee. They parked the car and he quickly bolted into the house. A moment later Elise headed into the house – toting all of their bags and briefcases – she quickly found out Evan had skipped the bathroom and was standing in the backyard. The yard was completely decorated – ribbons and photos hanging from the roof, flowers and a giant “E&E” made out of marquee lights. Elise tentatively ventured outside to Evan, where he got down on one knee, said some of the sweetest things, and asked Elise to marry him. After a few happy tears and a very enthusiastic “yes!” Elise called her family and closest girlfriends. (this is where everyone had to be all chuckling when they received their phone calls. Evan had her change for a romantic dinner he’d planned at a restaurant across the street. At the restaurant, the host showed them to their table. As they stepped outside, Elise and Evan were greeted with a huge “surprise!” and we were immediately surrounded by Elise’s family, Evan’s family (in from Texas), and many of their friends from SF.
All I can say is that Evan did amazingly well to create a memorable experience for Elise. Thank you two so much for sharing your home, and neighborhood with us. We had so much fun getting to know why San Francisco is so special to you. See you both soon!