Sasha and Stephen

How We Met

We met at the University of California, Santa Cruz back in the spring of 2013. We were paired together to peer edit one another’s term papers for our marine geology class. It was the worst paper I have ever read in my entire life. We stayed friendly on Facebook for the next several years. In 2016, we both happened to be single at the time. Stephen asked me out for coffee, to which he later confessed to me that he dislikes coffee but kept the plan because he knew that I was very fond of the shop we were at. Our first date ended up lasting the entire weekend, taking one another’s ears off, walking all around the city of Santa Cruz, and we haven’t looked back since.

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Maui, HI @ Haleakalā National Park

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Maui, HI @ Haleakalā National Park

Sasha and Stephen's Engagement in Maui, HI @ Haleakalā National Park

Where to Propose in Maui, HI @ Haleakalā National Park

Sasha's Proposal in Maui, HI @ Haleakalā National Park

How They Asked

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a type-A person. I like to plan every aspect of my life. My wedding Pinterest board had been ready since even before I met Stephen. I asked Stephen what his ideal proposal would be. Stephen told me that he wanted it on a bridge; if the proposal went well it would be a bridge of love, and if it went bad then it would be a bridge of friendship. Since then, it became the inside joke that we would point out bridges to each other wherever we went.

We had planned an upcoming trip to Maui. I had the entire itinerary set to go and gave Stephen one day to plan himself. I had been asking the last year when he would pop the question, and my hunches were pointing toward this trip. Each day on our vacation I grew even more anxious about when it could happen. I thought maybe when we went on a hike– nope. Maybe at the beach at sunset? No. Okay, maybe when we venture on the road to Hana. On November 10, 2019, Stephen and I went to zipline in Haleakala. To be honest, after all that wondering of when it would happen, I was still completely caught off guard! We went on a few lines, and my adrenaline was surging. We came across a swinging bridge, and I was too busy not looking down below since we were pretty high off. After crossing that bridge Stephen asked me to spend the rest of his life with him. So, of course, I said a big fat YES.

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