SHE SAID YES

It has been an eventful week in the Becker household. Our middle son Taylor, who is currently on vacation from law school, asked his girlfriend of 6 years to marry him!  And…SHE SAID YES!

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Taylor called us about 2 months ago to share the news that he had purchased a ring and planned to propose on a upcoming camping trip to Yosemite.

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We were honored, pleased and excited when he asked us to join them in Yosemite so that we would be there to help them celebrate post-proposal. Dear friends and neighbors Jim & Brenda, had recently purchased a darling, vintage-style trailer and offered to lend it to us for our trip. That set the stage and became the backdrop for a wonderful proposal trip to Yosemite.

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So after considerable planning, packing and preparation we hit the road, pulling the Retro Riverside trailer with a rented pickup truck. It was exciting when we cleared a long tunnel and got our first glimpse of Yosemite Valley.

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We got lucky and were able to reserve a very pretty campsite at North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. It was situated right beside Tenaya Creek…

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and adjacent to the Merced River. One would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful place to camp.

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We all arrived at camp separately the night before the planned proposal, which would take place on a hike the following day.

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That night a dinner of Spatchcock (Butterflied) Chicken & Twice Baked Potatoes was prepared over the campfire.

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Our dearest and oldest friends, Lisa & Tony, surprised us last minute and joined us from their nearby home in Sacramento. They’ve known Taylor since he was in the womb! The following morning we all enjoyed a breakfast of Red Velvet pancakes & strawberries.

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SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

To propose, my son planned to take his future bride on a daylong hike up the famous Mist Trail that traverses Vernal Falls.

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At the top he planned to find a pretty spot to picnic before popping the question. I offered to prepare a special picnic lunch that Taylor hid away in his backpack for the hike.

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I sewed them a picnic blanket as a momento to keep, and packaged everything up in a small red basket.

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I also tucked into the basket a sign stating, “She Said Yes,” which we all assumed she would say. I thought it would make a cute photo prop once she had said yes.

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And indeed, SHE SAID YES, and they have the pictures to prove it!

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SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

While they were off getting engaged, Lisa & I were busy preparing for a celebratory champagne toast & dinner when they returned from their daylong adventure.

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Their places were set with some fun Yosemite souvenirs including a Yosemite tin mug set…

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and some loving bear hugs in the form of a Christmas ornament.

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SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Lisa even inscribed some commemorative log coasters for the occasion.

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And just for fun she gave them a bottle of “Bearetage” Red Wine as well.

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There were red lanterns, taper candles & votives for illumination, and I used western-style handkerchief for napkins.

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SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Red roses & greenery cut from a nearby tree were also added.

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The end of the table was decorated with gifts and a special bottle of Schramsberg Sparkling Wine that my husband had saved for this occasion.

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SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

The kids couldn’t believe their eyes when they arrived back at the campsite happy and giddy and excited to tell us all about their engagement hike & picnic in Yosemite.

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Toasts were made and gifts were opened, bringing laughter and happiness to a day that will be forever remembered.

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For dinner I made shrimp kabobs marinated in fresh garlic, lemon juice & olive oil

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I also prepared my recipe for Decadent Lobster Macaroni & Cheese in a cast iron Dutch Oven.

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It was all cooked over the open flames of the campfire.

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Lisa was in charge of dessert and did a fine job of assembling red velvet cupcakes, Lolli and Pops macarons & chocolate bars for s’mores by the fire.

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SHE SAID YES | A Marriage Proposal in Yosemite | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

All was well in the trailerhood the next morning when we awoke to find a friendly squirrel enjoying the spoils of our prior-night’s celebratory campfire.

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SHOP THE LOOK…

So there you have it: SHE SAID YES!

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Comments

  • Hi Frannie! Such sweet words, you are so kind. And yes, the trailer was FAB! Thank you!

  • classiccasualhome

    AHHHHH WHAT a beautiful story and pictorial… congrats on the new daughter 🙂

  • Although camping isn’t for me, you sure make it look tempting with that cute trailer and great meals. The engagement is such exciting news. And so sweet of you to plan a wonderfully thought out celebration party in the woods. A huge congrats to your son and his future bride. How exciting to plan a wedding. It feels like only yesterday that I was planning my own.

  • It was a real stretch to get my husband to go camping. Although we had a great time I think our camping days are over. It’s just too much work hauling your entire house to the wilderness. And yes, wedding plans are already full steam ahead.

  • Thanks very much Mary Ann.

  • Jillian Garcia

    Wow so beautiful Celia! Congratulations to the both of them. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Many thanks Jillian.