Michael and Chris met in Chicago while he was in medical residency at the University of Chicago and Chris was working in affordable housing development. Michael was a transplant from Detroit, and Chris from Los Angeles.
Chris had been planning the proposal for over two years. First he worked with his friend, Johnny, on designing the rings that captured both of their tastes, which took nearly a year. The initial plan was to propose on a coffee farm in Columbia, celebrating their mutual love of coffee. But due to unforeseen events, they had to fly home the day before the planned proposal. For the past year, Chris had been searching for the perfect location, but this was difficult to do during the pandemic. It was always important to Chris that this life-changing moment be captured at a venue that reflected both of their interests. Balboa Park seemed like the perfect blending of Chris’s love for architecture and Michael’s passion to travel and explore new cities, having never been to San Diego before.