enrique & melanie

He proposed during the golden hours of sunrise along the warm waters on a beach in Hawaii. Five years of love and laughter, he got down on one knee and proposed to my sister. There romance is classic: childhood friends that reconnected years later and fell in love. 

Over the weekend, my sister Melanie and her fiancé Ricky checked out some venues for their much anticipated wedding. As humble maid of honors, Arny (a dear family friend) and myself accompanied them to local spots in Palo Alto. The drive to Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards was windy and made us all dizzy, but upon arrival the view was beautiful. We enjoyed a wine tasting that had the most excellent collection--the 2011 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay was the majority win. A little tipsy with flushed cheeks, we explored the grounds and found ourselves having a spontaneous engagement shoot.

 No words can describe how unbelievably thrilled I am that my sister is getting married. Before their trip to Hawaii, I told her that I had a vibe he was going to propose. She didn't believe me. But it doesn't matter now because there is a wedding to plan!

For more photos, head over to my Flickr.

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