Asha and Andrew
How We Met
Andrew and I met through two different, unconnected mutual friends. I call this fate… we were just meant to meet! He calls it persistence and resourcefulness. The first friend “put me on his radar” and the second friend helped set us up on a dinner date.
When we first met, I was living up in Los Angeles working in investment management. Andrew lives in Newport Beach and is a partner at Lounge Group, which includes Orange County bar/restaurant favorites Wild Goose, Dory Deli, Country Club and more. Andrew left a message on my voicemail, and I called him back a week later at 7 am on my way to the office. Brutal, I know. We set a dinner date at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills that week, and the rest is history! For the next several months, Andrew consistently drove up and back from OC to LA to take me to dinner whenever my schedule allowed. He was honest, direct and painfully handsome. He had me from the moment he showed up at my doorstep with a dahlia.
It didn’t take long for us to realize that we had found something very special. In our last two years together, Andrew has been by my side as I shifted from finance to a fast-paced marketing role, and launched my social enterprise Bridget (www.meetbridget.com). He encouraged me to accept a scholarship to attend USC’s Marshall School of Business for my MBA degree. Meanwhile, he has been opening new restaurants left and right. We fall more in love each day as we laugh and grow together.
How He Asked
During my business school Spring Break, we planned a trip with friends to New Zealand. We had traveled there together the year before for Valentine’s Day and rode quads up to this glorious hillside to watch the sunset. I remember smiling so hard my cheeks hurt that night.
Andrew and I love photography and routinely go down to the beach or on hikes to take landscape shots. On our way to NZ this March, we talked about revisiting that hillside to shoot the sunrise one morning. So, on Tuesday, March 13th, we woke up before the sun and hopped in a truck to head up there. We had to flash our headlights a few times to wake the sheep sleeping on the dirt road!
When we got up there, Andrew started setting up his tripod and getting out his camera gear. I was wandering around taking photos with my phone, and as the sun started to peek over the horizon, Andrew suggested that we set the timer on the camera and take a photo with the sunrise background. He set it up and it snapped a photo. Then he suggested we do one more, for good measure. We stood there smiling for a bit but the shutter never closed. I made fun of him for forgetting to press the button.
We laughed and stood there for a bit, just watching the sunrise. He started saying all these wonderful lovey things, and I remember thinking, “Wow, he is really on it today! It’s only 7 am!” When he got down on one knee, I thought he had lost his balance or needed to tie his shoe at first. I was completely surprised.
Of course, I said, “YES!” Turns out he had set the camera to video and captured the whole thing. This photo is a screen grab!
Right after I said yes, all the sheep in the background started “Bahh”-ing super enthusiastically.
The next day, we took the boat out for a little fishing and sunshine… but nothing could top saying yes to my ultimate catch!