Mariel and Mark

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How We Met

Mark and I met while both working at the same company in NYC.  While we worked on different teams and different floors, his desk was next to a mutual friend we both happened to have.  We met in January 2014, but never actually saw each other or spoke again until six months later at a company offsite. He asked me for my number and we went out on our first date a few weeks later and the rest is pretty much history!

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How He Asked

Our trip started in Napa then drove down the coast to Big Sur and ended in San Fran.  We arrived on a Tuesday, and he held on to the ring and waited until Saturday, which I’m shocked he was able to do knowing his personality.  He kept talking about going to see McWay Falls all week and little did I know what he had planned.  We’ve discussed getting engaged so many times so I knew it would happen over the next couple of months but definitely didn’t expect it on the trip. He kept a solid story going about how he was meeting a family friend over the winter to help him get a ring. I was taking a nap when he woke me up to get ready because the sun was setting soon and it was our last night in Big Sur to see McWay Falls. I threw on jeans and a sweatshirt and was completely unprepared for what was about to happen.

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

When we got there the parking was hard so I actually suggested staying in the car while he got out to take pictures!  He eventually got me out of the car and looking out to the beach.

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

I turned around to see him on one knee and was absolutely shocked.  I look at my facial expressions in the pictures and cannot stop laughing!

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Big Sur Elopement Proposal Photographer Barkis Co

Special Thanks

Nicole Barkis
Photographer