Saturday, June 20, 2009

Our Catalina Love Story

I love Catalina Island for more than one reason. It's charming, romantic, picturesque and IT IS WHERE MARK PROPOSED!!!! So for all of you waiting for an update-- here's how he did it :)

We arrived at Catalina Island on Thursday, June 18. From there we checked in at our hotel (Seaport Village Inn) and went straight over to the scuba dive park so we could get a dive in before the afternoon was up. The dive was AMAZING-- so beautiful with a kelp forest. Here's one picture (though I promise to have a whole post on this later, the PROPOSAL is kind of overshadowing the dive right now!)
So we got out of the water and were taking off all of our gear and I'm all "Blah, blah, blah remember when we saw that fish! That was so cool! Talky, talky, talky." And Mark's like "Yea, but all that saltwater made me really thirsty." So he goes over to the dive-locker we were using and comes back (keep in mind he is still in his full body wetsuit, and I half in mine) and gets down on one knee in front of me.

Now keep in mind I had no idea this would be happening! So I was kind of thinking "Babe, what are you doing?" Then he looked up at me with this serious look on his face and I thought "Oh my gosh. He is proposing!" But he just pulls out this little tub of Carmex so I was kind of thinking, "Oh, I guess his lips are just chapped." Then he gets all serious again... opens up the carmex and BAM! There is the most beautiful ring I've ever seen. He says, "Will you marry me?"
So, that's our little love story on Catalina Island. Absolutely perfect. Here is the view from where he proposed:
And here's a picture of where it all happened... at the Catalina Island "Casino," which means "place of gathering." Right under that middle tier:

And lastly, here is a view of the Casino from another spot on the island. BEAUTIFUL! It is all still so surreal... I can't believe I am engaged!

Mark, I love you so much and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. Here's to many more adventures!


P.S. Today is Mark's birthday-- so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my fiance :) Love you!


  1. I'm teary eyed reading that! So Sweet! Congratulations to both of you. Believe me, the best is yet to come ;)

    Love you!

  2. Lauren,

    We are so happy for you and Mark. We can't wait for your big day. Good job Mark!!!...What a way to do it...Congratulations.

    Cari, Roger & Hanna

  3. Loves it.

    PS. Normally I would cringe at your excessive !s, but I think this story warrants them ! :)

  4. FINALLY got the story! We MUST pool it soon so I can be blinded by the light and be all girly. Can't wait to see you next!!

    p.s. in town all weekend...