how we met
Kat: We’re both from the SF Bay Area. In true California fashion, the two of us met while working at In-N-Out Burger. At first, I (Kat) did not like Denise at all. She was a little too energetic, a little too bossy, and a little too playful for my serious self to handle while we, quite literally, flipped burgers for hours on end. But, as we started to get to know each other, Denise surprised me with her attention to detail, her thoughtful personality, and constantly positive attitude. Once we realized how well we balanced each other and how much we could make each other laugh, there was no turning back. We stayed by each others sides from undergrad through law school, through good times and bad, from burgers to dream jobs. I couldn’t imagine my life without my ball of sunshine by my side. I’m so lucky I get to marry my best friend.
How They Asked
Denise: I knew I wanted to propose on our trip to Italy, and it was important to me that the moment be captured beautifully and artistically and not on an iPhone. When I found Flytographer, I looked through many photographers’ portfolios until Serena’s caught my eye. I contacted Serena to discuss my proposal ideas, and she made me feel comfortable and reassured that the secret proposal would go as planned.
I knew a storm was expected to hit Venice the day I was going to propose, so the entire trip I kept downloading new weather apps to track the storm. When Kat and I arrived in Venice, we had a bit of a setback. We took a water bus to the wrong side of the island, and spent hours crossing canals with our luggage looking for our hotel with no luck. I secretly contacted Serena via WhatsApp to ask for help, who responded with a map from our location to our hotel. We were so exhausted that we decided to rest before heading out for what I told Kat would be a relaxing dinner.
As we were getting ready for “dinner” I could feel myself getting nervously excited. We left the hotel a little later than planned, and made our way to the bridge where Serena was set to meet us. Serena and I planned that Kat and I would take a selfie on the bridge, and that would be her cue that it was proposal time.
Kat and I took our selfie, and I knew it was time. Serena approached, and I froze! She had to repeat herself a couple of times before I snapped back into it. At that moment, I got down on one knee and asked the love of my life to spend the rest of our lives together.
Almost as soon as Kat said yes, the storm hit! We could see the clouds moving in quickly, so we introduced ourselves and got right to the shoot. Kat was in total shock. Shortly after our shoot, the rain started to come down hard, and we eventually ended up taking shelter in a bar where we grabbed cappuccinos before calling it a night.
We were all drenched from the rain, but couldn’t stop laughing at the entire experience. When the storm cleared Serena called us a water taxi and captured the end of the most memorable night of our lives.