Zac and Kaitlin were both selected to attend a non-profit conference in San Diego, California hosted by Invisible Children. They were excited for this amazing opportunity but knew that it was very unrealistic due to the cost. They knew that if the Lord wanted them to be there...He would find a way and show it to them faithfully. He did. Zac and Kaitlin were graciously awarded scholarships and right before their eyes, the Lord's plan started to reveal itself.
The Lord also revealed to Zac very clearly that this was the time and place He has to ask for Kaitlin's hand in marriage. And so the planning began months before the two boarded the plane.
The flawless and detailed plan began to unfold a few days before the two left,...with a phone call. Melissa, a director from the conference called the couple and informed them they have been selected to be interviewed in San Diego. Zac and Kaitlin were ecstatic. Little did Kaitlin know this was the beginning of it all...
August 4, 2011, Zac and Kaitlin boarded the plane from Dallas to San Diego with nothing but praises for their Lord for His beautiful sovereignty. Upon arriving in the beautiful city of San Diego, it became evident how present the Lord was this weekend. Relationships were built and friends were made, and the best was yet to come!
Saturday August 6, 2011 rolled around and Zac and Kaitlin started their day off by studying 1 Corinthians 13, "Love is gentle, Love is kind"...you think that would have got Kaitlin thinking, but no! Their day was filled with wonderful activity and then 7 pm began to sneak up on the two. 7 pm was their interview slot given to them by the coordinators. Kaitlin was carefully planning out what she would say on camera to effectively portray her thankfulness for their scholarships. Zac was nodding and agreeing, while laughing in his head...
The two were picked up by a film crew and a golf cart that instantly started filming the two as they sped them over to a beautiful cliff that oversaw the San Diego bay at sunset. Again, you think Kaitlin would have begun to figure this out...but no! Zac carefully led Kaitlin over to this special spot decorated with flowers and candles. The film crew asked us to begin to explain our story, starting with Zac. Once he began...Kaitlin finally figured it all out! He reached for a letter he had written for Kaitlin and the tears started falling. Before she knew it, Zac was on one knee asking for her hand. And before he knew it, Kaitlin joined him on one knee. They spent time praising their Father and talking.
The golf cart came and picked them up once more to drive them to a small theater just for the two of them. Inside, they watched a short film that Zac prepared before leaving for California. The film explained how he asked her parents for her hand, how he got the ring, and ultimately how the Lord was at the center of it all.
The two then returned to the conference, and in front of 700 people were brought upon stage to celebrate. The crowd sang "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles in unison to the happy couple. All of the participants celebrated with a dance party late into the night.
Upon leaving San Diego, Kaitlin thought the surprises were over! But not quite... They arrived in Dallas late into the night and were picked up by Kaitlin's dad who drove them to Zac's house where they were met with several of Kaitlin's closest friends and family. The two were so thankful to have been met in Texas with familiar faces overflowing with encouragement and love.