Just a little over 7 years ago, the new neighbor across the street, Chris, introduced himself to me as we were putting our dog, Duke, into the car to be taken to the vet. We began to hang out, and I could not help but love his company! We soon became best friends, and our friendship turned into one of the most beautiful relationships. We graduated high school, and Chris went to study at the University of California Santa Barbara, while I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. During our years in college our relationship continued to grow into an even more beautiful love story. While studying our respective majors, we found time to squeeze in enjoying the Central Coast. Some of our favorite spots on the Central Coast are Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Cambria, Big Sur, Ragged Point, and Morro Bay. We graduated college, and said good-bye to the Central Coast. I applied to graduate school, while Chris continued to further his career. I studied at University of Southern California, all while Chris continued to cheer me on with my studies. After taking the last final I would ever take in my life, we thought why not celebrate with a little trip up to San Luis Obispo. Little did I know the trip would be one to remember!
We checked into our hotel in Pismo Beach, and Chris suggested watching the sunset. I happily agreed, because if you know San Luis Obispo, you know the sunsets are some of the most magnificent in the world. As we got closer to the water I saw a table set up. I thought how cute and romantic, someone was having dinner there; I hoped it was for us. The sign on the table said "Reserved for Mr. Chris Barthel." I got even more excited thinking we were eating dinner outside, and watching the sunset, until Chris got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!! Of course I said yes! I was so surprised, and over the moon!
Chris and I are so thankful for the love, and support, we have received from our family, and friends, throughout our relationship! Our relationship has been enriched by each and every one of you, and we cannot wait to have you all there to support us on our big day!