Christie had a work trip to Vail in the beginning of 2010. One of her friends gave her Craig’s number and said he lived in Veil but used to live in Seattle and he might be a good resource for dinner locations and activities. Gratefully accepting any suggestions, she began a text conversation with Craig right away. In Vail they met at The Sand Bar. It was “locals night” and Christie and her then boss wanted to let loose before her coworkers came into town the next day. Having a blast, Craig and his friend ended up hanging out with Christie and the whole group for the entire weekend taking them to the best ski spots on the mountain. A spark had begun but the long distance made them hesitant to begin a relationship.
Conversations daily and Skype made it possible to stay in contact until Craig’s visit to Seattle 6 weeks later. After a great week together they knew they were in it for good. 10 months later after endless flights, the question was finally raised, ” who’s moving where?” Craig made the decision to move to Seattle being that both of their families were there and his job situation had changed.
Craig moved in Dec 2010 and they found a beautiful home to buy in January. In April 2012 they went on a 10-day vacation to Palm Springs/Palm Desert for the Stagecoach Music Festival and a week of relaxation with two other couples. On day 3 of the festival, Craig took Christie on the giant Ferris wheel aptly called Le Grande Wheel. Unknowingly to Christie, Craig asked the operator to hold the wheel when their basket was at the very top. It stopped and with the amazing views and the sun setting behind them, Craig got on one knee and said everything Christie was overjoyed to hear. Engaged at last!
Photographer: Arlene Chambers Photography
Venue: Chateau Ste Michelle
Submission via Two Bright Lights
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