May 3, 2019
Mark Hopkins Hotel
Keith chose the Mark Hopkins Hotel (Top of the Mark), to hold his marriage proposal to Tanya because that was where they held their first date. Sitting at the same table in the corner of the restaurant, Keith wanted to make this evening extra special for their weekend trip together. Keith lives in Scottsdale, AZ while Tanya lives in San Diego, CA, so needless to say their time being together is limited and they try to make the best of the situation and go all out for each other!
When Keith got down on his knee, Tanya excitedly said yes but also kept asking, “Why are we doing this since?” referring to the fact that she has been divorced and they are a more mature Couple compared to the average Couple getting married. From both their reactions to the moment, you would argue there is no right or wrong when it comes to getting engaged!
With the distance between them, Tanya knew seeing each was always a treat but her intuition told her that this trip to San Francisco would be a little more special than normal. Thinking something would happen over this weekend trip, Tanya wore an Ohio State garter belt over the last several days in anticipation of the proposal, which resulted in an even bigger surprise to Keith! After taking some photos outside, showing off the facade of the hotel and of the famed San Francisco Cable Car, we settled in the lobby of the hotel as Keith explained to me the events of their first date. From the moment he laid eyes on her, sitting in a chair that we recreated, he said he knew she was the one. Sitting in the corner table for their first date of five hours getting to know each other, they told me they still spend countless hours on the phone still, and that Keith is never the one to hang up first. It was a very touching afternoon getting to know their story, and I was so fortunate to have been there to help document it, and to truly experience firsthand that when it comes to love, it really is “never too late.”