How We Met
Christopher and I are both Greek Orthodox and had met at church!
How They Asked
Christopher and I are both Greek Orthodox and originally met for the first time at our church. Almost from day one we always talked about taking an extended period of time to travel the world. Traveling to different countries and experiencing new cultures has always been a passion of ours. After the completion of my residency year, we were some how able to pull this off and set out to travel around Europe, SE Asia, and Australia. All our friends and family would always joke asking us when we were going to get married and were all convinced it was happening on this trip although I was convinced there was no way he would be able to carry around a ring on our back packing trip.
September 4th 2019 started out like many other days on this amazing adventure we were on. We were currently in Luang Prabang, Laos and had rented a motorbike for the day to make the hour journey to Kouang Si Waterfalls. When we arrived we started our hike up to the different levels of the waterfalls. We had heard from friends and family that the water falls only got more beautiful as you went up. When we made it to the largest fall (located about half way through) Christopher insisted we continue to the top to assure this was the most beautiful of them all before setting up our tripod (this is how we have managed to take pictures other than selfies on this trip). I agreed and we continued to the top where we realized that was definitely the prettiest one we passed early. We hiked back down to discover that a tour bus must have come through because the bridge was packed with tourists. Again, Christopher insisted we go swim and come back later. I didn’t really think much of it and agreed to go swim first before taking photos. After swimming we made our way back to the waterfall and to our luck there were minimal people. I remember saying to Christopher how this was the most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen. It was one of those things like looks just as amazing when you take a photo of it. We finally took out our tripod and started setting it up and for some reason Christopher was struggling to set it up quickly. I was getting antsy because the battery on his phone was low and insisted that we just ask someone to take our photo before he died, but again he was really adamant about the tripod being setting. We found a little secluded area and I stood by the waterfall allowing him to set up the camera. When he walked over he held me and started telling me how much he loved me and how special today was. At first, I thought he was trying to calm be down from being frustrated with our camera, but then he kept going on. In my head I thought wow this really sounds like a proposal but there is absolutely no way it is. Before I knew it I saw him digging in his pocket and pulled out a box. I still remember being in complete and total denial that this was seriously happening, because I thought for sure there was no way. Some how he had managed to custom make a temporary ring for me to wear the rest of the trip in Thailand weeks prior.
To say I was in shock and taken by surprise would be an understatement. I thought this trip couldn’t have been more perfect until that happened.