How We Met
We met in Bangkok’s famous Reclining Buddha temple Wat Pho two days before my birthday in 2018. I was lost looking for the reclining Buddha and saw a tall man speaking English with another couple. I asked him for directions to the Buddha and he led me there while we introduced ourselves. He is from Germany and I am from the United States. He asked me to have dinner with him and from there on we rang in my 34th birthday on a rooftop bar in Bangkok, celebrated Christmas together wandering through her streets sampling Thai food, and spend New Year’s eve 2019 together in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam after he changed his trip to meet me there!
From then on our international romance blossomed with me traveling back and forth to Germany and him to the United States. In the first year of our relationship, we visited 9 countries together.
Whoever thought that being lost in a Buddhist temple could mean being found by love!
How They Asked
We woke up at 2 am to hike Mt. Ruyogatake in Japan to observe a New Year’s tradition in Japan known as Hatsuniode where you watch the sunrise over Mt. Fuji. The sun makes a perfect diamond over the peak of the volcano. The climb to the top was frigid and exhausting, but we reached it by 6:30 am and waited in the cold. After witnessing the spectacle we made our way on icy mud down to the first lookout point where we have an expansive view of Mt. Fuji in the afternoon sunlight.
After setting up his tripod, my fiancee pulled out a custom made engagement ring that he designed based on my desires. The ring is “aviator” shaped with a sapphire and two diamonds, meant to represent the sky and two clouds. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was surreal. As a looked over the expansive valley at Mt. Fuji’s gaze, I could almost not believe this natural wonder was the site of my proposal. Our entire story is very unique and I would not have it any other way.