Sean and Trisha

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How we met

Sean and I met sailing, a love we have had our entire lives that we can now share together forever. When we met, both Sean and I were officers in the military, myself in the Navy and Sean in the Coast Guard. By our competitive sailing background, we were chosen to represent the United States at the World Military Championship in Sailing to be held in Doha, Qatar.

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After a week of training in the US we headed off to the Middle East to compete and began to really get to know each other. For the next two years, we flew to see each other as much as possible while maintaining a long distance military relationship. Sean and I both come from different sides of the country, Sean being from San Francisco, CA and myself from Long Island, NY. Sailing has led us to many exciting things in life and now to each other. We are true adventure seekers traveling all over sailing, skiing, surfing, mountain biking, and windsurfing.

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How he asked

Sean proposed on top of my home ski mountain Plattekill in Upstate NY. The ski area offers chairlift rides during the summer to see the spectacular view from the top! This weekend July 2nd they had a big festival at the lodge right at the bottom of the chair lift with a live band, bbq and beers on the deck. My brother and sister in law surprised me as they unexpectedly showed up for the weekend just to see Sean and I before we moved across country (so I thought, later to find out Sean not only asked my Dad for permission but also my brother).

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We all rode to the top and as we walked out to the top of our favorite slope (a black Diamond lol) all alone. I gazed out over the beautiful landscape and realized no one was around me… I turned and Sean dropped to one knee and simply asked “Will you marry me?” I couldn’t even get out any words before I started hysterically crying in tears of joy!

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My dad had brought up a bottle of Champagne and everyone was there to watch. My Mom was the only one they kept the secret from, since she and I are so close she might have spilt the beans. I was 100% surprised and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way it was truly perfect. As we rode down the chairlift the band and entire deck of people were cheering for us and congratulating us. I still replay the pure happiness I felt each and every day!

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Special Thanks

NV Maui Media
photographer