Marikate and Billy

How We Met

We both swiped right on Tinder! The very night we were messaging we realized he works with my cousin. Months passed by and we went to check out one of his parents’ rental properties, hoping to fix it up and call it home someday! In the dining room, I saw a very specific hutch that used to be my grandmas. My family had sold at a garage sale years prior. He told me the only thing he remembers about the garage sale was a girl in a tie-dye shirt. That girl was me! We met years ago without even realizing it!

how they asked

We were camping in Bridgeport, CA, which is surrounded by beautiful mountains, lakes, and streams. He took me on a difficult hike that was switchbacks 90% of the way up! I love hiking but this was challenging, Billy was so energetic and didn’t need to stop once (which is odd for him haha) and later I realized why! Towards the end of the hike, we passed a waterfall that was crashing down below. We went up and behind the waterfall into what seemed like another world. A green meadow with a stream running through it was tucked into this valley between huge mountains.

We were the only two people up there, not another person in sight. I was in the middle of the valley taking pictures when I heard “babe”. I turned around and saw him on one knee. I immediately threw my phone in the air and fell on the ground to my knees BAWLING! Of course, I said yes! We hiked back down the mountain in pure bliss and met his parents who were on their boat in the lake already. They had champagne ready to toast. We spent the rest of the day on the lake laughing and reminiscing about how perfect the proposal was.