Student ‘pops’ the question six floors above ground

By Andrea Waitrovich

On the East Coast the Empire State Building worked well for Meg
Ryan and Tom Hanks in “Sleepless in Seattle” but here on the West
Coast, 102-story buildings are hard to find.

For Chris Brunasso, 24, the sixth level of the campus parking
structure was “the spot” to get down on one knee and to ask his
girlfriend of two and a half years, Antoinette Kathol, 24, for her
hand in marriage on Dec. 19.

“It was a fairy tale proposal from the beginning and to the
end,” said Kathol. “People will question the parking structure, but
it was where we first kissed. It was perfect for us,

The planned engagement was a whole day event starting with a
lunch date that led to a night carriage ride at the Riverside
Festival of Lights and a candle lit dinner at the Mission Inn.

The date was a great set up to end dinner with a ring in a glass
of champagne.Kathol described the night as being “too perfect” and
felt anxious throughout the dinner portion of the night.

“I was watching his every sudden move,” said Kathol. “Especially
his pockets. When he pulled out a cell phone instead of ring box,
Chris had to tell me ‘Toni you need to calm down.”

A feeling of disappointment was not felt when dinner ended
because the couple was planning on being engaged this spring.

Kathol said her nerves were settled when Brunasso was driving
toward campus and said the inside joke of going to the parking

The couple usually ends their dates together on the top level
listening to music and watching the scenery, so going there made it
seem like another ordinary date.

“Little did I know,” said Kathol. “He really fooled me.”

Brunasso gave Kathol one last present, a box of chocolate
raspberry truffles, with a raspberry color ring box hidden

The ring’s band was Kathol’s mother’s promise ring she received
from her father 39 years ago.

Dec. 19 was, also, the same engagement day as her parents.

It was a perfect ending with an emotional “yes” as the

Brunasso said he was not nervous about the engagement because he
knew Kathol was the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life

“We have the best relationship,” said Brunasso. “We just clicked
when we first met.”

His new wife-to-be expressed similar feelings.

“[When] I look at him, I am happy,” said Kathol. “When I am
thinking of him, I am happy.”

Both Cal Poly Psychology graduates, Kathol and Brunasso saw each
other in and out of class for three years but only knew each other
by face.

“[Chris] was extremely shy,” said Kathol. “I had a group with
him for a whole quarter and he barely said a word. I would ask him
about his weekend and he would say three words, ‘It was fine.'”

In their third year in Professor Jane Ollenburg’s class, Kathol
finally broke the ice and approached Brunasso in class.

“She sat next to me because she knew who I was,” said Brunasso.
“It was a good thing she sat next to me.”

From then on a much belated friendship formed which turned in a
two and a half year courtship.

“It was a good thing he got over his shyness,” said Kathol.

The couple plans to wed in Fall 2012 after Kathol graduates from
California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant
International University in Los Angeles, where she is studying to
receive a degree in clinical psychology.

Brunasso is in his third year in Cal Poly’s graduate marketing

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Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Student ‘pops’ the question six floors above ground


Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Student ‘pops’ the question six floors above ground

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