Sweet Yorktown Beach Proposal

February 11, 2015

Every so often, I read a couple's story that just clenches onto my heart and doesn't let go. When Randy and Maria's proposal story and session came to me from Sachel Samone Photography, I knew I wouldn't be the only one who wanted to know more behind this tale of exuberant love, second chances, and modern connection, so I asked for a little interview with Randy.


So, how did you and Maria meet?

My wife of nearly 13 years was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2013. My two children who with her were completely unharmed. I went through a lot of grief, but I knew that I didn't want to raise them alone. After a long period of soul-searching and healing, I signed up for eHarmony in 2014. With Maria in North Carolina and me in Virginia, we connected online and have been steadily building on a solid foundation of open, honest, and candid communication.

When was your first date?

Our first date was on April 8, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Maria lived at the time. We went out for local seafood and sampled some wines in the area.

What did you notice first about her?

The short answer is her physique. You don't come across such beautiful female athletes on a regular basis! Obviously, her looks are stunning, but there is so much more to her than just a beautiful face. She never ceases to amaze me.

When did you know she was the one?

It's hard to pinpoint an exact moment, but I knew there was something special about her the day we met. Her decision last summer to move to Virginia so we wouldn't have to continue a long-distance relationship was a pivotal moment in our lives. The way Maria has connected with my children is fantastic; I really couldn't ask for a more perfect fit.

So under the guise of a mini-session for his birthday, Randy made plans to propose to his beautiful Maria. And as fate would have it, she just so happened to be wearing the dress she wore on their very first date. That afternoon, the two made their way over to Yorktown Beach, they sat down next to a styled beach table… and well, you know the rest. :)

Photography: Sachel Samone Photography // Florals: Roost Flowers // Location: Yorktown Beach // Submitted via Two Bright Lights