Shivanth & Kamana's Proposal in San Francisco, USA
After dating for eight months and meeting each other’s family, we were ready to take the next step. I had planned a trip to visit Shiv (my fiancé) in SF, but was not expecting anything out of the ordinary. Shiv mentioned that he had an awards breakfast for work on Sunday. Thankfully, (since he knows me so well) he also specified that we would be taking pictures. After searching for a week, I found a pretty white shift dress on sale at Anthropologie just a day before my flight.
On Sunday morning, we drove to the idyllic Chateau St. Jean, nestled in the heart of Sonoma Valley. As we approached the estate, I saw an enchanting castle with vineyards, lush gardens, and ivy covered arches all around. Smelling the scent of vines, grapes, and roses entwined with the morning dew, I marveled at how the scenery complimented the crisp summer morning. As we turned into the parking lot, I noticed there weren’t many cars. Where is everyone I wondered? I followed Shiv into the Chateau’s secret garden. As I entered, I heard my favorite Atif Aslam song playing (the live acoustic version of ‘Pehli Nazar Mein’). Walking in, I saw pink and white rose petals scattered on the walkway – leading to a cozy little couch. Above the couch were roses hanging from two trees with handwritten notes on heart-shaped cards. A monogram with our initials was etched on each mint and coral colored heart (my favorite colors). Inside each card was a message about why he loves me. Reading the cards, I was touched by the elegance and beauty of each detail he had thought of. Then Shiv went down on one knee….
And he proposed with the most stunning ring I have ever seen. There were so many emotions and feelings of happiness wrapped in that moment. After the proposal, we called our parents to celebrate! We then took photos with our amazing photographer, Melissa, from Weddings by Sunnyside. We had the estate to ourselves, since Shiv rented it out for the morning to keep the experience more intimate. Next we went for a reserved wine tasting in the Chateau’s private outdoor lounge and enjoyed the estate’s award-winning chardonnay. Ending the best afternoon of my life, we had brunch at Napa’s historic Auberge du Soleil restaurant. We dined on the patio overlooking the gorgeous vineyards and enjoyed sparkling wine with our favorite dishes, including my favorite – chocolate mousse topped with triple crown blackberries, white velvet cake, and pistachio dentelle – so delish!
Submitted by: Kamana Bhaskaran
Kamana is a fashion and lifestyle blogger (www.socialandstyle.com)