From the bride Beth: We met at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. I was attending a cell physiology course for the summer as part of my graduate research and Chris was working for Zeiss doing microscopy support for the research scientists and courses at the MBL. One afternoon I was scheduled to do microscope training and got lucky enough to have Chris as my teacher. Later that night I got Chris's number from a business card he had left at the microscope and sent him a text to see if he wanted to grab a beer at the local bar in town. He said yes (I guess he thought I was cute too)! We hung out almost every night after that for the seven weeks that I was at the MBL until I had to go back to Stanford. We knew we had something really special. Chris was really persistent and came to visit me in California several times that fall, sent me flowers when he was away, and totally won me over! Chris requested to be transferred to San Francisco and that March Zeiss found a position for him out here in the Bay Area. I moved in with Chris shortly after and we have been beyond happy!
Chris proposed to me in February at Pfieffer Beach in Big Sur while we were camping for the weekend. We had arrived on Friday evening and set up camp. Saturday morning we drove down Highway 1 to do some hiking and see some of the beautiful waterfalls in the area. On our way back to the camp site to cook dinner we took a detour down a narrow, 2-mile-long dirt road to hang out at Pfieffer Beach before the sun went down. Chris had carried the ring around in his day pack all day! We were enjoying the ocean view when Chris popped the question. My first response was “you tricked me!” because I was so surprised! I of course said yes many many times after that!
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Check out their engagement session in a flower field & the beach!
The First Look (the second picture on the right is Chris asking to make sure he really could turn around and see Beth haha)