We love a great South America proposal story, don’t you? When we saw these gorgeous photos, we knew that we wanted to feature Brittany & Justin’s Machu Picchu marriage proposal story.
Share with us when and how you met each other.
We met on Hinge! It’s truly the modern-day adult dating app. How simplistic a process! Sift through based on your very clear needs and wants and save yourself a lot of time. I had the app for about 72 hours before “meeting” Justin. After a few long and wonderful conversations I declared to him “hinge is overwhelming, here is my phone number” after which he of course texted and called and we set up our first date. It was a hit, and what a relief that I truly connected with this HOTTIE!
What are your favorite things to do together as a couple?
We like to do the normal couple things…like cooking together, working out, going out on the boat, etc. But what we really love is going on adventures together and experiencing challenges that ultimately bring us closer! We have stayed in tents in subzero temperatures, visited small cities with no real knowledge of the language, played dress-up with old Peruvian women, climbed to near-dangerous altitudes and the list goes on!
How long were you together before getting engaged?
A year and a half!
Did anyone help with the Machu Picchu marriage proposal?
Yes! Dana Acevedo. She was so significant and quite the brain behind the whole operation. Justin is a busy man and he needed someone he could trust to be professional and thorough and she really outdid herself.
Share your marriage proposal story…
It is so difficult to put into words such an emotional moment! This is the absolute man of my dreams. Justin addresses every emotional need without judgment, goes on this beautiful ride of life and our healing and growth journeys alongside me with nothing but a helping hand. He is such a force of strength and safety for our family.
We have been planning to go to Peru for quite some time, this adventure has been on my bucket list for eons! The trip was canceled three times because of Covid and when I say I was in tears I am not exaggerating in the slightest. True to Justin form – he paid attention to what was important to me and he made it even more special. He made every single second of that trip absolutely beautiful and memorable. We took tons of pictures and made a ton of memories on a journey of physical demands that neither of us has ever experienced, with a culture and food that were exciting and new, and surrounded by people we had never met that are now forever family.
The very end of the trip was the first opportunity we had to take a really nice long hot shower and stay at a regular temperature at a somewhat normal altitude! We had our first true full meal after staying in a tent for days and got an incredible night’s sleep. In retrospect, I am so thankful for that beauty sleep. Speaking of retrospect, Justin and the Tourguide were very pushy about leaving right at 5 AM! I kept thinking to myself “sure missing the crowd will be nice, but so would a couple of extra hours of sleep!” I ended up agreeing and we were on the bus on the way up to Machu Picchu at promptly 5 AM. This man can control his emotions like no one I have ever met so I had no idea he was apparently a nervous wreck.
When we arrived at Machu Picchu the fog was thick, I was surprised at how disappointed he was by this but he was insistent that we wait for it to clear… I was starving at this point and he even went as far as to suggest maybe we go down and get some lunch and come back up. Don’t get me wrong seeing Machu Picchu and all of its glory was at the VERY top of my list too but I had never seen Justin so invested emotionally in sightseeing of any sort LOL!
As the mist started to clear we ventured off separately for probably the first time in a week and a half. I remember thinking to myself ‘Where is Justin why isn’t he down here exploring with me?’ Well it turns out once you’ve gone a certain distance you can’t turn around and come back so, more or less, he was holding down the fort so he could propose in a very particular spot!
Anyhow, as I was summoned back to my original position in the most undercover way possible, I remember a sudden emphasis on the “perfect picture spot”. I was so blind to what was actually going on that I even thought “Wow Justin really loves this place I really picked a cool spot to visit!” HA! If I only knew. As Justin and I posed for the “perfect shot” Justin broke away from me and dropped to his knee.
WOW! The excitement tore through me!! Was this happening?? My fairytale moment? The man of my dreams? At the top of one of the seven wonders of the world!? I also couldn’t help but notice our incredible tour guide blocking about 50 people from walking through and ruining the moment with his own body hahaha! What a dedicated group of people, it went off without a hitch. And there stood (kneeled) my man, my very best friend, the strongest source of love in my world, asking me to be his wife. Yes yes YES to infinity yes.
What was the best moment of the Machu Picchu Marriage Proposal?
Me letting out the highest octave I’ve ever hit, the moment I realized what was happening!!
Who did you tell that you were engaged first?
I called my parents and his parents, my friends Sunny, Kenzie and Abi. Then I called to yell at Dana for keeping a secret from me haha!
Tell us about the ring!
Tacori “Royal T” setting. The 5.25 carat stone is an elongated cushion cut with a beautiful bloom (Tacori calls it a bloom, not a halo) around the outside.
Everything. I couldn’t possibly narrow it down.
Planning the wedding! Dana Acevedo with Destination Love Weddings is my wedding planner, she is keeping it stress-free and fun!
What are you most excited about wedding planning?
EVERYTHING! Every detail!
If you’ve already decided, when are you getting married and what is your venue?
We are getting married on November 4, 2022, at The Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, FL
Why did you choose that venue?
I love anything rich with history and it holds a special significance for us, we do stay-cations there frequently.
Hubby told me around $50,000 so I’m going to try and surprise him with one that’s around $25,000.
Unique in some ways. Neutrals will play a big role.
Have you selected any other vendors for your wedding?
Congratulations Brittany & Justin on your Machu Picchu marriage proposal!
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