Stevie and I got engaged last June while on a 16 day solo raft trip down the Colorado River of the Grand Canyon. I had the bright idea of asking her to marry me at the bottom of the biggest rapid on the river, Lava Falls. Pretty romantic huh? Rafts routinely flip there. I remember being really nervous. As usual, it didn’t occur to me during the idea phase that if you plan on proposing after a huge rapid, you had better stick the line. That enlightenment came to me only moments before we ran the rapid. The chances of getting a “YES” drop significantly if you flip the would-be bride into a giant turbulent rapid prior to popping the question. I got us down the rapid upright, and she delivered a big YES! That was followed by a request that we get married in every country in the world. Every country in the world, really? Yes. Well, by the end of the trip I had negotiated it down to every continent. What can I say, I’m married to a hopeless romantic. One down and six to go.
Neither of us ever wanted a big traditional wedding. We both envisioned ourselves on a tropical beach with a couple of friends, me wearing board shorts and Stevie in a simple white dress. For the last 8 months we’ve been looking for the perfect spot. We finally found it in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador.
Our special day was everything we hoped for and more. We woke up and had breakfast at our favorite restaurant. I got an hour massage, and Stevie finished an article she’s been working on. As the day wound down I relaxed in a hammock while Stevie got ready.
At sunset we walked down to the beach where our friends were waiting. We were joined by 3 other overlanding couples. I won’t go into too much detail when you can just watch it for yourself here –
I guess you could say that I feel like the luckiest man on the planet. I found the woman of my dreams. She completes me in every way imaginable. She is a wanderlust and loves to travel. She is smart and articulate and beautiful and perfect in every way. I’m so happy. –
Here we are in the middle of the ceremony. Instead of a Bible, Chad brought the Lonely Planet Guide Book for Central America. Very fitting. During our vows a huge overhead set of waves rolled in. I planned that.
Our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs Trujillo
Let the record show our wedding occurred in the country of El Salvador, as recorded in this photo with the flags…