Clear Cut Couples: Chi and Mark

Chi and Mark met in college! They both took general physics and they sat on the opposite sides of the classroom. They didn't really talk to each other besides the small conversations before class. In the following year, they were in the same physics II class and ended up being lab partners! Mark would basically do the lab prep and take charge of the lab activity (Chi hated physics)... he has been her partner since!! AWW!

Their first date was at Ocean Beach in San Diego. It was a dark and rainy night (rare for San Diego) and they went bar hopping! They ended the night on a long walk down the ocean beach pier, it holds a special place in their hearts!

They have been together for 7 years since and the majority of their relationship has been long distance since they both started grad school in different states. They have shared so many incredible memories over the years! They are both trail runners and love the outdoors. When they’re back in San Diego, they enjoy surfing and stuffing their faces with carne asada fries and burritos! One of their favorite trips was probably to Miami! They loved the warm waters, delicious food, and the entire vibe!! After Miami, they took a long road trip from Atlanta to Washington driving through and stopping in 14 states. They have too many memories to count together, but one of their favorites was when they got a mini Aussie in 2021. Her name is Bentley and she is the sweetest.

Mark proposed in Banff, Canada at the end of June 2023 at the crack of dawn. The location had been on Chi’s bucket list for YEARS and their trip in 2020 got canceled due to the pandemic. They were finally able to make it and went on a week-long camping trip. He proposed on their second day before their 10 mile hike, what a way to start the day! Mark knew that she wanted a very intimate proposal and to have it just be the two of them, it was perfect!

It was a total surprise!! Chi had a feeling that he was going to do it sometime this year. She said, “I was shocked at how beautiful the ring was - OBSESSED!!” As for their wedding, they will be getting married in San Diego, CA early 2024! Congrats you two! We are SO happy for you!