Hold the whipped cream — this love story is plenty sweet from the get-go.
The love story begins with travel and coffee and — spoiler alert — ends with an epic Starbucks proposal. Esther Havens and Austin Mann started off as friends who met in Waco, Texas, in 2008. Each was traveling 100,000 miles every year working as a photographer for a nonprofit startup in developing communities. Eventually, Mann left a love note in an Amsterdam airport Starbucks for Esther that would set forth a years-long romantic paper trail and the perfect proposal setup.
According to a Starbucks press release, Austin left notes in many airport Starbucks locations around the world, and if he found out Esther would be passing through the same place, he would text her clues to find them. At times, he would even order her favorite drink to be picked up when Esther found the airport Starbucks (dream guy much?). Esther would do the same, and their six-year relationship passed through dozens of the 26,000 locations around the world. Eventually, Austin decided the Amsterdam airport was the perfect place to propose, bringing their caffeinated journey full circle.
The proposal setup began with Austin secretly flying in Ester's family and then clueing in the baristas. "I told all the baristas,” Austin said. “I showed them a picture of Esther and introduced [her sister] Anna. They were all very excited." And his skills as a photographer came in handy while documenting the whole sweet gesture. "I gave them my iPhone 7 Plus to take video and got a Starbucks bag, poked a hole in it and put another iPhone shooting video in it on a table next to where I was going to propose.”
After a bit of confusion about whether or not Esther was actually going to make it to the secluded Starbucks location, she arrived, took her usual seat, and found Austin's note directing her to the counter, where he was waiting for her with a bouquet of flowers and a ring. The rest is Starbucks proposal history.
“One of the things about marrying Austin is it’s going to be an adventure,” said Esther. “We’ve both lived our lives that way.” As for the ceremony? It's definitely going to be a destination wedding.