The Best Weekend Of My Life

This post has absolutely nothing to do with Domaining, technology, social media, startups, or any of the other things I usually write about. Instead I felt it was important to share with all of you a truly magical and life-changing weekend. Many of you who are friends of mine on Facebook already know the news, but for those who don’t I am unbelievably excited to say that Daina and I are now engaged!

morgan_dainaWhile we posted a video on Facebook and enjoyed changing our status from “in a relationship with” to “engaged” I thought I would share the story of how it all happened with all of you. Let’s face it – we’ve all gone through some amazing adventures together since I started this blog back in 2007 and so I thought you’d all appreciate this incredible moment in our lives!

I decided to pop the question in Santa Barbara wine country. Daina and I absolutely love wine tasting. Apart from loving wine we enjoying getting away from it all and Santa Barbara wine country truly is one of the most special places on the planet. We had planned to go wine tasting on Sunday and arrived at a beautiful bed and breakfast nestled in the heart of wine country called the Ballard Inn.

ballardinn_frontNow it’s not just the Ballard Inn that was important to me but also the Mountain Room. I had heard from reading reviews that apart from being a top-notch bed and breakfast, the mountain room had romance in the air. The room has a warm and cozy feel and I made sure they had the fire going for us when we arrived. You can see a picture of the room below:

ballardinn_roomWe brought a bottle of our favorite wine (Zaca Mesa Syrah – the winery that started Santa Barbara wine country!) and were enjoying some wine by the fire with romantic music playing in the background. Romance really was in the air, it was the right time, it was so romantic, and I did it – I popped the question.

While Daina did know this was coming in the next few months since we’ve been planning on getting engaged in the first part of this year, she didn’t expect it that night. We both hugged, laughed, cried, and enjoyed our first moments together in the next stage of our relationship.

We spent the next day tasting wine at some of our favorite vineyards as well as a couple new stops ending at a winery that was truly magical called Demetria. It really was the best weekend of my life and an incredible time for Daina and I to appreciate each other and the commitment we are making to spend our lives together. I’ve never been happier, I’ve never felt luckier, and I can’t wait to share all our future adventures with all of you!

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  • RH May 16, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Congrats to you and Daina. Health and Happiness. Best of luck to you both.

  • Will May 16, 2011, 6:40 pm

    Congratulations to both of you!

  • Mark May 16, 2011, 6:48 pm

    Congrats to you both!

    I wish you both all the best and a fantastic life together!


  • David J Castello May 16, 2011, 6:54 pm

    You cried??? You hamster! Where’s Sam Kinison when I need him? Seriously, I wish you both best and a great life together. You’re an amazing couple (and the Ballard Inn was an excellent choice to pop the question 🙂

  • Leonard Britt May 16, 2011, 7:43 pm

    Congrats! & best wishes as you plan your big day over the several months. Plan well in advance but don’t stress over the many things that don’t go perfectly. Expect the unexpected and just keep trucking…

  • DomainNameSales.Co May 16, 2011, 7:49 pm

    Congrats to you both. And you still had time to post an SEO Sunday article to boot!

    It might just be me, but every time I see Mr. Castello’s face I think it’s Jimmy Kimmel?

  • Braden May 16, 2011, 8:08 pm

    Nice! Congrats brother. Let’s all go out for a celebratory dinner soon.

  • Mars Davis May 16, 2011, 8:37 pm

    Congrats M & D! Thanks for sharing. Santa Barbara is an amazing place.
    May your days be filled with Love, Joy, & Abundance! Cheers, Mars

  • mano May 16, 2011, 9:19 pm


  • Mike Law May 16, 2011, 9:33 pm

    Congrats Morgan!!

  • Tia Wood May 16, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Morgan, that is so sweet. She is so beautiful. Congratulations to the both of you.

  • Pablo May 16, 2011, 9:58 pm


  • IDNBLOG May 16, 2011, 10:12 pm

    Congrats Morgan!

  • Joe May 17, 2011, 2:02 am

    I’m really happy for you, M & D! May you spend a wonderful life together!

  • Tim Davids May 17, 2011, 5:09 am

    congrats to you both. Btw you hurt my eyes, she doesnt 😉

    • Morgan May 17, 2011, 5:45 am

      Thanks for all the kind words everyone!

  • Buy Domain Names May 17, 2011, 6:25 am

    Well done Morgan! Congratulations to you both.


  • John May 17, 2011, 7:02 am

    Congrats Morgan!

    There’s a profound secret I’ve learned that has lead to the success of my marriage that I would like to pass on to you.

    Here it is: Learn how to say “Yes dear…”


  • DomainNameSales.Co May 17, 2011, 8:44 am

    And “I understand”

  • Sai May 17, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Congratulations to both of you.

  • PPC Ian May 17, 2011, 1:15 pm

    Congratulations, my friend! 🙂 Married life is amazing! Very happy for you and Daina!

  • Jeremy Armer May 17, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Congratulations Morgan and Daina!

    I wish you guys all the very best.

    • Morgan May 17, 2011, 9:06 pm

      Thanks again everyone – all the wonderful congratulations on Facebook and my blog have been fantastic! We are so excited and it’s great to share this with all of you!!

  • Acro May 17, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Congratulations and my best wishes for your happiness.

    PS Demetria is Greek-owned, when you have a chance to visit Greece don’t forget to sample wine from the islands or the mainland. It’s out of this world.

  • Shane May 17, 2011, 5:33 pm

    Congratulations. It only gets better from here if you do it right.

  • Michael Cyger May 18, 2011, 1:37 pm

    Congrats, Morgan and Daina. Fabulous news!

  • Randomo May 18, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Life’s greatest joy is sharing it with your best friend – as I am lucky enough to know firsthand. Hope you both feel that way for many years! Congrats!!

  • Iain Taylor June 20, 2011, 12:19 am

    Morgan and Daina this is truly fantastic news well done to both of you.


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