Armen and Nicole

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How We Met

I met Nicole on a special evening, after a day out with friends, having lunch and craft cocktails in the OC. I spotted her from across the room at a swanky night lounge, and I just knew I had to talk to that girl. We hit it off, despite my nerves, and a couple of cocktails later, numbers were exchanged and the rest was history. I knew that Nicole was special from the day I met her. Something inside of me knew that she would be ‘the one’. It didn’t take long. A couple of dates later, our relationship grew stronger and our bond got tighter. It was only a matter of time until this day would come.

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How They Asked

The proposal was a grand plan which took 3 months of planning and coordinating to pull off. Of course, the global pandemic situation did not help facilitate any of this. The original idea was to have a beach proposal, where we would walk up to a ‘secret spot’ with blankets, tiki-torches, candles, and roses, ready for my kneeling and popping of the question. Then, all of our friends and family were supposed to pop out of nowhere with hundreds of balloons to be released, and for our wonderful photographer to capture the moment. Plans did not go exactly that way, but the actual turnout ended up being better than we could have ever asked for. During the months of preparation leading up to the event, I secretly volunteered both her friends and mine to help with decorations, set up, and the event planner. A giant 6L bottle of champagne was shipped in from France. Her friends helped pick the ‘secret spot’ on the beach and helped to set up the entire event.

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I think Nicole suspected something was about to happen when I showed up in a tuxedo shirt and bowtie at her doorstep, but I don’t think she could have guessed the magnitude of what was about to happen. We first drove to Newport Beach for a lovely afternoon snack at Fig & Olive…but not before getting pulled over and ticketed in our Porsche police magnet.

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Then we moshed on over to the Ritz-Carlton Dana Point for cocktails. Unsuspectingly, we then went down to the beach for a ‘walk.’ Low and behold, we stumbled upon an amazingly beautiful set-up area full of rose petals, lit candles, cupcakes, pillows, chocolate, and champagne. At this point, I think she knew what was happening. I got on one knee, asked her to marry me… waited for her recoup from shock, and placed the ring on her finger. Unknown to her, all of our friends and family then suddenly emerged from hiding and surprised her with flowers, hugs, and kisses. We drank our champagne, indulged in fine chocolates and cupcakes, and took our photos. Afterward, a beautiful dinner event was held at the Monarch Bay Resort which was the loveliest way to end a perfect day.

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Special Thanks

Lisette OC Photography
 | Photographer
Arlene Hacatoryan Studio
 | Planning