Carissa and Marshall

How We Met

Marshall had recently moved back to the Bay Area to begin his career in Real Estate, and realized meeting new people was much harder than it was in college. So he enlisted the help of his twin sister, Chelsea, to set him up on some dates in the city. Meanwhile, I was stuck in the weekday Silicon Valley commute to Mountain View and was constantly complaining about my lack of free time, and social life to my friend Tara. Together, both Chelsea, and Tara decided to set Marshall and I up on a date. On Saturday, February 9th 2013 (their first date), Marshall took me to a Union Street restaurant called Beatlenut, and out to drinks after at ‘Arizona’s Bar’ (as in U of A, Marshall’s Alma mater) called The Brick Yard. Upon leaving that night, Marshall crossed the Golden Gate bridge, and I crossed the Bay Bridge to go home and we both couldn’t wait to see each other again!

A few months later, seeing each other became easier when Marshall moved to Sausalito with his friend, and I settled in North Beach with 3 college friends. Marshall’s work brought him down to the Financial District of San Francisco, and soon after, I left my commuting days behind to settle at a new company downtown as well. We developed a love of traveling together, going places like New Orleans, Maui, Texas, Arizona, New York, Las Vegas, and all over the Western Mediterranean, before finally taking our last trip as boyfriend & girlfriend to Hong Kong…

How He Asked

When a job opportunity took a good friend over to Hong Kong, Marshall and I jumped at the opportunity to visit over New Years break in late 2016/early 2017. The trip started off as planned, exploring a city that was new to both of us. We ate dim sum for every meal, had high tea at the Intercontinental Hotel, visited the Big Buddah on Lantau Island, and rang in 2017 on a boat in Hong Kong Harbor with friends. On the final evening in Hong Kong, Marshall had the plan of taking me up to Victoria Peak (a vantage point that looks down on the entire city and harbor) to watch the sun set and propose overlooking the twinkling city lights. Coming up the escalators to the main outdoor area, we were shuffled into a thick crowd of hundreds of bustling tourists (think selfie sticks, and tour guides yelling directions) — not exactly a romantic setting…Marshall was very disappointed to waste an incredible view, but it was on to Plan B.

Next up on the agenda for the evening was drinks and appetizers at a place called Aqua. It was located on the other island of Hong Kong that faced towards an equally breathtaking view of the water and skyline. Unbeknownst to me, Marshall had informed to the staff to give us the best seat in the house, and cap off the evening with a two flutes of champagne. Once the champagne came to the table, Marshall dropped to a knee and told me “I want to marry you”…..and even though it wasn’t a question, I said YES!