Loved getting to meet and document Santiago and Alex-- winners of Hamilton Place's engagement session giveaway! Learn a little more about these two below!
How did you two meet?
Santi: "We officially met at a football game in the fall of 2016. We grew up in the same area and knew a lot of the same people in high school, but it took us until that football game to make a lasting connection. My first thought was about how inviting Alex is and how easy it is to talk to her. We talked for hours at that party and never missed a beat.
Alex: "One of the things I remember loving about Santi when we first met was the way he carried himself. He carried himself with humble confidence and grace. Our conversation that night was life-giving and full. We talked for hours. That night I knew there was something special about him."
How and when did Santi propose?
Alex: "Santi proposed to me on May 4, 2018. I woke up that morning to a letter that told me I would be seeing a lot of my best friends that day along with my favorite flowers. As the day went along, I would see different friends and receive different letters from them outlining what would happen next. I went on a walk, to get my nails done, to lunch, to get ready with all my friends, to Anniston to eat again, and then finally to my house to see Santi. The last stop was with my parents and sister in Anniston. They handed me the fourth and final letter and drove me to their house. I walked to the back of the house where Santi would be waiting for me. He read to me something he had written and then got down on one knee to ask me to marry him. The proposal showed how well he knows me and how much thought he has put into it. Honestly, it was the best day of my life so far!"
What are some things you two enjoy doing together?
Ale: "Ever since we met, we have spent a lot of time together and made some unforgettable memories. One of the things that we really enjoy doing together is sitting outside of my house (where he proposed 🤗) on a Sunday afternoon and just talking. We always get a Sonic blue Power Aid slush, and we sit outside for hours."
Santi-- what's one of the things you admire most about Alex?
Santi: "One of the things that I admire most about Alex is how intentional she is with other people. We always joke about how she will ask some very deep questions to those that she has just met, but people open up to her and share things that they wouldn’t have told anyone else. She doesn’t ask these things just to get a conversation started, but to build a long-lasting relationship. That is very evident with the company she keeps. Her friends come to her for counsel, and Alex will listen with an open heart. She commits herself to these relationships with her friends and it is admirable."
Alex-- what's one thing you admire most about Santi?
Alex: "One of the things I love about Santi is how loyal and kind he is. He is the most loyal person I know. He is loyal to his family, his friends and his word. He is also so kind. He always sees the best in others and wants everyone to be a friend. He always treats people the way he wants to be treated. He doesn’t have to try to be that way, he just is!"