Once upon a time there lived a girl named Kristen. Kristen grew up in Maryland and met Lydia in middle school where they played basketball and started a cleaning "business" together. They named their Swiffers and sponges and thought it was normal. They became best friends.
And then there was Caleb. Who grew up in Oklahoma and met Lydia curbside at Reagan National Airport when he flew to surprise Kristen in January 2011. It was the second time he had flown on an airplane and he really liked all the trees. Lydia thought Caleb was nice.
"Hi, where do I wait in line for the princess show?"- "You can wait to MEET the princesses here. It's not a show." - "Ooh..." Let it be known from the start that I know very little about Disney and their World or Land. I went about 18 years ago and all I remember are the long lines. So when Caleb told me that he would be proposing to Kristen at Disney World in Florida it felt like I was booking a flight to the Amazon, just with a lot more sparkles. And the mice wear polka dots.
And then it started. The most heart pounding, eye watering, insane moment I've ever experienced behind a camera. My best friend was swept off her feet by her soon-to-be-fiance and placed in a bed of flowers on the other side of the fence. I threw myself over the said fence and started shooting away in the near pitch black.
It's stupid for me to even try and describe the next 10 minutes. Kristen does a wonderful job of that on her blog here! Let me just say between me throwing off my shoes and sprinting through the Disney soil, the audience spontaneously clapping and cheering, my best friend sobbing and smiling harder than I thought humanly possible, Caleb NOT dropping the ring (praise God), and those flipping insane fireworks, it was one of the most surreal, ecstatic moments of my life thus far.