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Fairytale Engagement at The Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco // Eric & Mandy

Fairytale Engagement at The Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco // Eric & Mandy @2020 Sun & Sparrow // Destination Fine Art Wedding Photographers

From The Couple:

How We met

o   What was meant to be a one-time social arrangement turned into a romantic relationship between two inseparable lovebirds. Eric and Mandy met at UC Davis unexpectedly when Eric needed a date to a formal banquet. A mutual friend who was also attending the banquet was hoping Mandy could attend the event as well. The friend decided to ask Mandy to accompany Eric. Albeit a bit hesitant, Mandy agreed to attend as Eric’s date.

o   After getting to know each other at the banquet, Mandy realized she still had not found her date to a formal event taking place the following weekend. Since Eric confirmed he didn’t have any plans that weekend, Mandy decided to extend an invite to Eric. After both events were over, Eric realized he may not have been the best date; he was a bit “wild” and decided to treat Mandy to dinner as a way to show Mandy his true self. After a couple of dinner dates as friends, a connection was made and the two continued to bond through the boring summer school days in UC Davis and officially became an item on 08/02/2014.

 

  • How Eric proposed

o   August 2 was always a special day for us; that was when Eric had officially asked me to be his girlfriend back in 2014. After five years of dating, we both felt ready for the next chapter in our lives. We decided to take a mini-vacation to Napa Valley to celebrate our five year dating anniversary. Eric had coordinated ahead of time with our first wine tasting of the day, at Alpha Omega Winery. We were led to our private wine tasting room, but the host had to “step out” to get the wine. When we were alone, Eric had me read a letter, and before I knew it…….Eric was behind me, on one knee, and popped the question. We enjoyed the rest of the day as a newly engaged couple who were “glowing,” as described by some of our new wine tour friends.

 

  • Journey to the Big Day

o   We knew that we wanted to get married in 2020, but had no idea where to start. After many brainstorming sessions, we ultimately decided on 10/10/2020 since it easily rolls off the tongue and is supposed to be a lucky day in Chinese culture. Who would have known that 2020 would be such an unpredictable year… with a pandemic affecting everyone’s lives. With support from our families and friends (and our amazing photographers from Sun and Sparrow), we decided to hold strong and retain our original wedding date by having an intimate ceremony. We know that “There is always a rainbow after every storm.” and are hoping that our wedding day will be the rainbow that emerges from a year of unfortunate events.

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    Palace of Fine Arts engagement in San Francisco // Blake & Kristen

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    how he asked-torrance wedding-photographyWe set off on a two week vacation to visit Budapest, Vienna, Salzberg, Munich for Oktoberfest, and finishing off in Prague.

    We had visited Budapest, Vienna and then headed over to Salzberg. That night Blake surprises me and tells me the following afternoon we are going to a Chateau in Schloss Fussi overlooking a serene lake where we are going to stay the night. I thought this rather interesting because we rarely treat ourselves to nice hotels so I thought something was up. That night I get all dressed up and we head to dinner, nothing..totally thought if something was going to happen it would have happened there.  In the morning, it is pouring! so we head to breakfast and then make our way out of Schloss and onto another little town outside of Munich. We head to Oktoberfest and then make our way to Prague where we have three days!  On the 2nd night there we are craving some normal food and we LOVE mexican food. A girl we had met at Oktoberfest was studying abroad in Prague and told us about this Mexican restaurant that was the best she’s ever had, so we decided to try it out. (Definitely not even close to the best we had, but she was from Providence and we live in CA – enough said).  Anyway Blake is acting a bit funny all night and is SO sweaty. I really didn’t think much of it to be honest…we ate dinner and then after every meal we always try and get lost in the streets to make our way back tot he hotel and Blake always leads…so he leads me over to this small little bridge that is a love lock bridge. I LOVE love luck bridges – I fell in love with them when we went to Paris and even in Budapest, and Vienna they had them as well. Well he surprised me with a lock! how romantic! so we put the lock on, threw the key in the little stream and took a few pictures. Little did I know that when I was putting the lock on he had pulled out the ring, after pictures..he got down on his knee and the rest is history!! That night I found out that this was only a plan B. His plan A was actually at the Chateau and he had organized for us in the morning to take a paddle boat out to the middle of the lake where he would propose there and the hotel had already planned to have strawberries and champagne for when we returned however that morning it POURED – it was the ONLY day the entire trip it rained. But to be honest I liked the last minute Plan B better anyway. More us 🙂
    That’s our LONG story!! 🙂  And we are celebrating 6 years together in a few weeks!
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