Anniversaries
Joanna & Jason • 8 years

Jun 23, 2014
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We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

While stationed in Virginia for MOS school during his time in the Marine Corps, Jason’s roommate was a good friend of mine. During a college break I went to Virginia to visit my friend. I remember I  was resting from the days travel when Jason walked into his room and then immediately walked back out. Jason explained later that he was confused by seeing a girl in his room. He realized he did have the correct room and came back in. I introduced myself. My friend had a girlfriend so instead of being the third wheel Jason was kind of put “in charge” to keep me company. I grew up with three brothers and was very much a tomboy; so after hanging out with me for a long weekend- watching football, talking about our favorite teams and a little pick up game with other Marines, I think Jason was impressed. We exchanged numbers and causally talked over the next few months. Little did we know that he was soon going to be stationed in San Diego. I was living in Los Angeles so we started dating and commuting from Los Angeles to San Diego to see each other. A year later we were engaged. The thought of planning a wedding was overwhelming so we decided to elope.

What do you love most about each other?

She said: What I love most about Jason is his selflessness. He puts our marriage and family before his needs.  I believe it’s natural for everyone to be a little selfish so Jason putting me first is something I fall in love with over and over again.

He said: What I love most about Joanna is her genuineness. It’s not very common you find a friend that will highlight reality, no matter how painful or great. While not wanting to hurt people is a good quality, sometimes we forget that not being truthful about the bad things hurt people worse in the end. She always tells it how it is. To be honest, I really think my standards for everything have risen since meeting her. Even when I’m cooking, which is not often, her simple satisfaction is the best feeling. All production aside, though, the best part about this quality of hers is that when she says, “I love you”, I know she means it.

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

There’s many things we have learned but the most important thing we would say has been to shower each other with grace. Almost every marriage has it’s ups and downs but by showing each other grace we reap the benefits of our commitment. We have realized that a commitment is more then something we embrace when things are going great. We grew up in a world that teaches us to do what we think is best for us; If that means breaking off a commitment as sacred as marriage because we are unhappy then it’s ok. Jason and I chose to do something else. We chose to not focus on ourselves but on our marriage and children and in return have been blessed.


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Engagement
Katy & Trey Engaged

Jun 19, 2014
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 How did you guys meet? Tell us your story!

Trey and I met a couple of times in High School while out with friends.  We went to different schools but I was friends with girls from his school too.  We never really talked much, just once at a party during college.  There was something different about talking with him though.  He started working where I worked while we were both 19, George’s Bar in Waco, TX.  I was always really excited if we got scheduled together and flirting/being around him, as well as him touching me while he walked by, would always give me butterflies.  After a while, he asked me out.  Our first date was to the Dallas Aquarium.  We have a different story though.  We broke up for 3 years but what is meant to be will be. I knew we were always meant to be but didn’t know if it was going to happen in the end.  Our time apart was truly meant for us to grow as individuals so that we could come back together as a stronger team.  When that day came, it was as if we never missed a beat.  We learned from our breakup, our time apart and from our true love for one another.  I couldn’t have picked a better person to be loved by and to love unconditionally.

Tell us about your proposal:

Trey told me he had a work function at the Dallas Aquarium a couple of weeks before he proposed.  The night of the function, I was getting ready and he called and said they cancelled it because the team hadn’t filed yet so they were pushing it back a week and moving it somewhere else since the Aquarium had another event the next week.  He said that we were still going to get ready and go to dinner with the team but wouldn’t be going to the Aquarium anymore.  He told me that he has to go by the Aquarium and sign some papers for canceling the event.  I semi-thought that this all sounded fishy since that’s where we had our first date and had an assumption that he may be proposing but put it out of my mind because I didn’t want to be the crazy girl thinking he’s going to propose and he doesn’t, lol.  He picks me up ‘after work’ (he really was at his friend’s preparing himself) amped!  He had a lot of nervous but positive energy which also led me to believe that he was going to propose.  We got to the aquarium and I expected to see our parents’ cars or cars that I recognize since I really thought this was it.  I didn’t see any.  Then I knew he wasn’t going to propose and this is just what he said it was.  We got to the Aquarium and was let in by Kyle through the back door.  We followed him to the main room with the waterfall where I went to look at the scenery and Kyle told us he was going to go get the papers.  I could feel Trey’s energy get even more nervous and in that moment, I knew, without even looking at him.  He wrapped his arms around me and told me how much he loved me, that he made the best decision of his life by calling me and that he wants to continue to make great decisions.  He then pulled the most perfect ring out of his pocket, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  I looked like a beauty queen that just won the pageant by the way I reacted, cried and told him yes!

What is your favorite memory from the proposal?

After the proposal, we went to eat and when I walked in, my family and his family were all there waiting to surprise me.  It was the best part since it was a total surprise and that we got to share it with them.  BUT the BEST part was obviously when he asked me to be his wife.

What do you love most about each other?

Katy: Ilove that he is the yin to my yang.  He loves me and makes me feel his love daily.  I love that he wants to learn, grow and take this journey of life with me by his side.  I love that he makes me laugh and that he is totally himself with me.  I love that he is adorable and handsome.  I love that he loves me for ME in all my crazy, funky, weird, silly ways and doesn’t try to change me; He loves me through the bad and the good.  I love all of him.

Trey: I love her playfulness and sense of humor.  I love her smile and that when she smiles, you can see all her teeth.  I love that she is nurturing.  I love her willingness to put up with me.  I love her generous heart and compassion.  I love that she is strong-willed.  I love her friendliness and genuine care for others, and I love her funkiness.


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Engagement
Nicky & Marc Engaged

Jun 17, 2014
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How did you meet? Please share your story!

Marc and I both worked for the same company but never really got close while working together.  We were both dating other people and would just see each other in the office every now and then.  It wasn’t until a few months after I left the company that Marc contacted me and we actually started talking.  We finally went out on our first date October 26, 2009 to a local pub. Marc and I were both not looking for something serious.  All though we spent almost all of our time together we never made it official until August 13, 2010.

Tell us about your proposal.

Marc and I had planned to visit Marc’s Grandma in Germany January of 2014.

Months leading up to our trip all of our friends kept telling me that Marc was going to propose when we were in Europe!!!  No one actually knew for sure but they were just so excited and were all so hopeful.  Since so many people were expecting it and Marc knew what they were saying I assumed that he would not be proposing on our trip.  Especially since our trip was costing us so much money.  Little did I know he had other plans.

A week into our trip Marc agreed to take me to Paris for a couple nights since it was only a 5 hour drive from his Grandma’s house.  Marc and I arrived in Paris late afternoon onJanuary 6th, because of the rain we quickly purchased our tickets for a On Off Bus tour that would take us around Paris the 2 days that we were there.  Since we arrived so late there was only enough time for us to ride the bus one trip around Paris, the trip ended at Trocadero Square which happened to be the stop closest to our hotel and also the most beautiful looking point for the Eiffel Tower <3 Marc and I soon found out that at certain times of the night white lights started twinkling all over the Eiffel Tower for just a short time.  After we witnessed the twinkling of the lights we had a nice dinner in Trocadero square and then Marc and I called it a night since we had a big day of touring the next day.

The next morning came about and we were on our way to explore Paris!  Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower and from their we rode the On Off Bus and got off at all of the exciting Paris Landmarks.  It was very windy, cold and rainy for most of the day.  We experienced The Louvre, The Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris, Champs-Elysees and even Ponts des Arts were we sealed our love with a lock on the bridge.  Marc and I finally made our way back to hotel for around 6 with the plan to get changed and go out for dinner.  Since the day was so long and included a lot of walking I suggested to Marc that we just order room service.  Marc not being the adventurous type and always down for lazy dinner brought up that it was our last night in Paris and I would regret not going out one last time.  So, exhausted as we were we ventured out onto the streets of Paris.  Marc suggested that we go back to Trocadero Square where we started the night before and look for a restaurant around there.  Just as we arrived (and now looking back realizing it was8 o’clock on the dot) the Eiffel Tower started twinkling.  I of course had to take pictures and then it was soon over and we made our way to look for a nice restaurant.  As we were walking away from the Eiffel Tower Marc suggested we make our way back since he didn’t want to go to far into the “Out Skirts of Paris”.  I found it kind of strange but my feet were getting sore so I did not mind.  We got back to Trocadero around 8:20pm and Marc suggested that we wait for the Eiffel Tower to light up again, that way we could get one last picture in front of the Eiffel Tower.  Marc and I did not know what the schedule of the lights were so we assumed it was every half hour.  So I figured I could wait 10 minutes.  We had fun, Marc took pictures of me pinching the top of the Eiffel Tower.  We were keeping busy since there was really no where to sit and it was pretty windy.  8:35pm rolled around and the Eiffel Tower did not light up, I some what growled and asked if he was going to make me wait 25 more minutes and he once again said “Its our last night in Paris” . 9pm on the dot the Eiffel Tower lit up!  Marc pulled out his iPhone and we took a couple selfies with the Eiffel Tower in the back ground, he then asked these two girls walking past if they could take a picture of us.  They took multiple photos (clearly knowing that one photo is never enough), Marc then turned toward me and asked me for a kiss, as he kissed me he reached into his sweater pocket and got down on one knee.  I first heard the girls taking the photo squeal and then my heart stopped, I couldn’t believe this was actually happening, I started wondering if this was real life, did he just get on one knee and finally how he kept it a secret from me all this time?!? I was so caught up in the moment and suddenly I heard Marc say, “Please!?!” I realized then that I had left Marc in suspense!  I of course said YES!!! He then put the ring on my finger and jumped up to give me a kiss.  He then said he choose this spot because he knew I would want a photo and at that point I asked him to get down on one knee again just to make sure we got a good photo!  He jumped up once again and started kissing me, the young girls then gave Marc his iPhone back and ran off without saying a word. Marc and I both not knowing where to go next headed back to our hotel.  The whole way back I kept looking back and forth from Marc and then to my ring.  I for one could not believe he kept it a secret from me and two was amazed that MY ring was exactly what I had been hinting at for the past year!  Whenever I would bring up what type of ring I would want Marc would pretend that he couldn’t hear me or he would say “Ya right!”.  To top it all off Marc had the ring specially made for me just the way I had described, “Solitaire Diamond, 6 prongs, dainty band covered in diamonds”.  Needless to say the rest of our trip in Europe was amazing!  Definitely a trip of a lifetime and one for the record books!!!

What is your favourite memory from the proposal?

How do I choose ONE favourite memory!?!?!  How bout…. The whole thing could not have happened if I was a lazy bum and wanted to order room service!

What do you love most about each other? 

This may sounds silly but I love Marc’s hugs.  He makes me feel so loved with one little hug.  No matter how stressed or how upset I am, in that brief moment he makes it all go away.


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Engagement
Jennifer & Spencer Engaged

Jun 17, 2014
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How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

The two of us met in high school in Seattle.  Although we did not go to the same school, we were introduced through mutual friends.  We couldn’t believe that we hadn’t met as we had multiple mutual friends and we had SO much in common.  All four of our parents went to the same high school and our grandparents belonged to the same country club.  We discussed various instances throughout our childhood where we were at the same exact place at the same exact time but were not aware of it!  It’s like it was meant to be, and the rest is history.

Describe the proposal.

After almost nine years together, I should have seen it coming…  but I had absolutely no clue what was happening until Spencer was down on one knee!  It was a casual Wednesday night when Spencer mentioned that he made reservations for dinner at a nice restaurant near our apartment in South Lake Union.  After a beautiful and romantic evening at Canlis, I walked into our almost unrecognizable apartment which was elaborately decorated with candles and flowers.  Rose pedals lead us from the kitchen into the living room where the pedals formed a huge heart.  It was there that I realized what was happening as Spencer dropped to one knee.

What was your favorite memory from your proposal?

Every time we tell the story of our proposal, we laugh out loud.  As we took the elevator up to our apartment and Spencer opened the door, I FROZE.  I just looked at him in shock after a glimpse into the apartment.  Seeing all of the flames from the candles, my first thought was that our apartment was on fire!!!  When he saw the worry in my eyes, he assured me everything was OK and lead me inside.

What do you love most about each other?

We work perfectly together.  It’s as simple as that.  We are a great team and we are so excited to spend the rest of our lives conquering the world together!


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Anniversaries
Jaclyn & Shawn • 1 Year

Jun 13, 2014
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We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story. We met in college our freshman year up at USU through a mutual friend at the very end of spring semester, he gave me his number (I still have that slip of paper) and one thing led to another, three years later we are happily married.

What do you love most about each other? I think what I love most about Shawn is that he is so full of life! Life with him is never boring, and there is definitely never a dull moment. We are both similar in the ways that I think need to be similar in order to have a well functioning relationship, but are definitely different in ways that we balance each other out really well.

What have you learned in your years of marriage? I think the most important thing that at least that I have learned while being married is to put your spouse first, always and to learn how to compromise with each other. It was really tough for me at first but now I am getting better every day at it, and am still working on it. Another really important thing is to choose your battles! … Some things are just not worth getting in a fight over. And lastly, do at least 3 things a day to serve your spouse.


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