FROM THE WIFEY // Kyle and I met in January 2013. After a few months of “vacationing in relationship land,” we got married in July, exactly six months after our first date. We eloped at the county recorder’s office and went out for sushi after. We kept our marriage a secret for the next few months, partly because we didn’t want anyone to worry about our decision and partly to have a secret we could keep just for us. By the end of the year, we were ready to tell people we were married, and our holidays were filled with lots of funny and awkward “surprise we’re married” conversations.
By summer the next year, we started looking for an apartment in downtown Los Angeles. Kyle had always wanted to live in a loft, and I was missing the city life I fell in love with while living in NYC. After an exhaustive search, we found the perfect place — a bright one bedroom with exposed brick, high ceilings, and a great view of the street. We’ve been living there for almost a year now and absolutely love it. It has speakers through all the rooms and plenty of space for our foosball table. It also didn’t hurt that it was (RIP The Gorbals) across the street from one of our favorite restaurants and site of our third date.
As we settled in to our new place, we discussed getting a puppy. We had been watching my parents’ puppy, but he was going to live with my brother. One day in late March while I was stuck on a business trip, I came across a petfinder.com post for a very loving, sweet, cuddly pitbull boxer mix that had been abandoned on a ranch. Kyle drove down to go see him and within a week, we brought home a 60-pound monster. We knew right away that our new puppy, who we named Buddy, was the perfect addition to our family. He likes watching us play video games and jumping on the bed to wake Kyle up. He loves being lazy and sleeping under the pillows of the couch but also can’t resist chasing his favorite orange ball.
After realizing how quickly Buddy was losing his puppy face, we started discussing the idea of taking photographs to capture this moment in our lives. We knew we wanted Buddy involved. We thought about various places to take photos, but ultimately decided that the place that best captured us was our apartment. I had known about Sun and Sparrow for a while and been following their work on their blog. We contacted them and could not have been happier! Tiffani was amazing to work with and all of us, including Buddy, had a wonderful time!
Thomas and I started off as roommates. The first day we met, there was a great level of comfort that we both instantly felt; as if we had already known each other for years. During the first year of us living together, we got to know one another very well; each other’s routines, interests, likes, dislikes, and of course, bad habits. There was definitely a strong and genuine friendship that had developed. At that time, it was nothing more; I was dating someone else and Thomas was beyond content with the bachelor-life.
It was at the tail-end of our first year of living together that things took a turn. One night, after coming home from Christmas shopping, Thomas asked if we could talk. He looked nervous; as his arms were crossed, his hands started to shake. I was a bit concerned. It was then that he asked me the one question that I never thought he would ask; “How would you feel about going on a date with me?” It was completely unexpected. It took me a little while to realize what had just happened. I eventually came to find out that Thomas discovered his feelings towards me during a boy’s surfing trip to Costa Rica. “I was thinking of you and I missed you,” he said. (Admittedly– there was always a part of me that would think about our compatibility.) Three years later (December 2014), he proposed on Christmas day; just around the time that he first asked me out on a first date. As anyone would imagine, it was a Christmas that I will always cherish.
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It was the weekend after Valentines day that I had decided to take Alyshia on a “last minute” weekend getaway. I had been working crazy hours six days a week that didn’t allow us to spend much time together. So I thought a nice getaway to Ventura beach would be a great opportunity to spend some quality time together. That Sunday morning, we continued to enjoy our time in Ventura by spending some time downtown visiting all of the local boutiques and just having fun! We also spent some time walking along the beach, enjoying the sun. Meanwhile, Alyshia had no idea that our families were on the way to what would be our proposal.
During this time I was in constant contact with our families receiving updates to their location. As they grew closer, I took her to Serra Cross Park. This park was a viewpoint that overlooked the entire city and beach. The view is absolutely breath taking, and seems as if you are standing on top of the world. This spot was special to us because we first visited this spot when we started dating. I took out my guitar and played some music while we enjoyed the view. As we were taking it all in, our families had texted me that they arrived. I made up the excuse of “I am going to put my guitar away…” to go back to the car and meet up with our families. When I came back, I had asked another park bystander if they can take our picture and revealed to them my plan to capture a photo of the proposal. Alyshia thought that we were reenacting a picture we took when we first visited the park, as I dropped to one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes!!! Almost immediately, our families came running over from watching from afar.
It was a romantic proposal that was carefully thought out and made it even more special to celebrate with our families.