Olga and Emmanuel

Olga's Proposal in Monterey, California

How We Met

It was the summer of 2006, I was 16 years old and my Fiancé was 17 yrs old. I was heading to a different high school in my district for summer school that year. The first day of summer school, I noticed a guy in my class who was always laughing and he had this natural easy-going sense of humor. He had this beautiful big smile with a dimple on his left cheek. Throughout the summer, we began to engage more and more, and he would sometimes sit next to me in class. We would even get in trouble at times for talking and laughing too much during class. As summer school continued, a friendship began to form and little did we know that this friendship would be the foundation for our future together. What makes our love story so special to me is how my fiancé never gave up on me. Although I always had feelings for my fiancé, we simply remained close friends throughout the years. After a 10 year friendship, we finally decided it was time to give “us” a real try. I have to admit, my fiancé’s perspective of how we met is my favorite version ;)

Where to Propose in Monterey, California

How He Asked

Earlier this year in January, my Fiancé mentioned he had planned a birthday surprise for me. I was excited to see what he had up his sleeve. My Fiancé mentioned he’d be wearing a suit the day of my surprise because of the place we were going to have dinner at. I was thrilled. When that day arrived I had an instinct the moment I laid eyes on him. Not only did he look handsome in his suit, but he had this twinkle in his eyes. A Twinkle I noticed throughout the years, but with more affection and intensity. While we were on the road, there was something in the car. I had an intuitive feeling that that night was going to be an important night to remember. In that moment of awareness, I decided to simply enjoy my evening with him.

A special place for my Fiancé and I, is Monterey, CA. There is something about the ocean breeze, good wine, and elegant fire pits that have us going back there for special occasions. Little did I know, this was where my birthday surprise was taking place for the night. Throughout dinner, that twinkle in his eyes never left. It was a truly beautiful and intimate evening. Once dinner ended, we decided to take a walk down to one of my favorite spots on the dock. As we approached the end of the dock, my Fiancé’s eyes began to water and he began to share some of his most intimate feelings. I froze and before I knew it, my Fiancé was down on one knee with a beautiful ring asking me to marry him.

I was in complete shock that I didn’t hear him the first time he had asked me to marry him, so he had to ask me twice. Luckily the second time around I heard him haha. It’s funny because I always assumed I’d be completely present and emotional at that moment, but I wasn’t. It took me a moment to process what was happening. An added surprise was how my Fiancé hired a photographer to capture us in one of our most candid memorable moments ever. I will forever remember this night. Every emotion, every thought, every eye gaze and every moment he looked at me with that twinkle in his eyes.

Special Thanks

Ethan M.
Photographer