As your typical WSU college sweethearts, we don’t have an overly romantic or movie scripted love story. Our whole story swings back to a date that I went on my Sophomore year of college. This date, however, was not with Derek but with his best friend. Anthony is your typical college athlete; loud, crazy, and good with the ladies. I went on a date with Anthony and decided that we were better off as friends—this is now a friendship that I am forever grateful for. It was the friendship with Anthony that lead to a summer in Pullman which is when I first caught notice of Derek. In fact, I clearly remember sitting on the porch of what the boys called the “Palace” and looking in at Derek who was cooking up a storm in the kitchen. He was shirtless, dancing around to some reggae, and throwing food around. I had always thought Derek was cute and a really good guy (and that he looked really good in his baseball pants) but I had never seen him in that light. Over some Bush light, I asked Anthony if he would hook me up with Derek. Anthony laughed and told me that I wouldn’t want to get in anything with him as all he cared about is baseball.
Derek and I continued to hangout over the rest of summer session (mostly as friends) and then he took off to the Cape for the rest of the summer for baseball. When we both returned to school in the fall, there was still some definite chemistry. I finally got the courage to ask Derek “what we were” which I instantly regretted after Derek made it clear that he wanted nothing more than to be friends. Sad and somewhat frustrated, I decided to move on with my life and go to a party without him and have some fun with my friends. This may have been strategic, however, we went to a party right next door to the “palace”. I believe I was flirting with another guy when Derek walked. When he saw what was going on, he wisped me away and continued to tell me that he had made a mistake and that he wanted to be together. Trying to play hard-to-get, I tried to play it off like it wouldn’t be that easy. The rest is history from here…
The rest of college was spent together. I forced Derek to sit through halftimes of basketball and football to watch me dance our newest dance and I spent snowy, cold spring days in the bleachers watching him play baseball. Pullman will always be a special place for both of us—we not only share a mutual love for the Cougs but it is where we met and fell in love. We both graduated and moved to Seattle in hopes of finding good jobs and pursuing our dreams. Derek is currently climbing his way through the minor league system for the Colorado Rockies and I am working as a Product Specialist for Zillow. We spend our free time with good friends and rarely miss a Cougar football Saturday.
This Spring, Derek decided to make things more official. At spring training, Derek got down on a knee in front of both of our families and our closest mutual friend, Anthony (and his family). We are both blessed to have each other, our families, and our friends who are all mutually supportive. Derek just got back from 6 months of being away for baseball, and now we are anxiously awaiting the big day (February 1st)!
Venue: Fort Worden St. Park
Brides Dress: Lena Medoyeff, Portland OR
Grooms Suit: Macy’s
Cake: Rebeca Johnson
Flowers: Bridal bouquets: Pike Place Market
table flowers: Wilderbee farms in Port Townsend WA
boutonnieres: Sofies florist in Sequim WA
Chapel flowers from Holly’s Floral in Port Townsend WA
Catering: Bon Appetit at Fort Worden
Rings: Tracy’s Jewelers, Spokane Wa
DJ: Pat Clark from Absolute Karaoke
Matt and I want to thank all of our family and friends who traveled from near and far to celebrate our wedding day with us. Your love and support made this day possible. A special thanks to my mom, for all of her time and creative energy in helping to plan this amazing day.
Everyone told us to enjoy every moment of the day as it will fly by all to quickly, and they were right. I still get choked up thinking about standing in front of each other, our family and friends and reading the vows we wrote to each other. Those words we said that day to will forever remain in our hearts.
Matt and I met in May of 2011. We had our first date at a Mexican restaurant and spent hours talking over spicy Mexican food and Negro Modelo beers. And when I say hours I mean hours! The night left both of us looking forward to the next time we’d see each other. We discovered we shared a love of living an active life, good beer (no Bud Light for us), volunteerism and strong ties to our family and friends. Matt got down on one knee 16 months later on the beautiful island of Lanai in his home state of Hawaii, to ask me to be his wife and partner in life. A year later we said “I DO” in beautiful Port Townsend in my home state of Washington. We look forward to all the adventures our life together will bring.
Now that the cake has been cut, the toasts made, the champagne drank and the last song played all I can say is, Let’s do it again!
- Luke and I were introduced in 2006 at a WSU-Oregon football game in Pullman. At that time I was dating his friend, and he was engaged. We hit it off right away as friends and had always stayed in touch.The next year was nothing but a total whirl wind for me…in 2007, I had gotten married, had a baby and lost my husband in a tragic work accident. I was left to raise my 4 month old son Coltan alone. Around that same time Luke’s engagement fell through weeks before the wedding. Luke was mourning the loss of his friend and would check in periodically and make sure Coltan & I were okay. Even before I was anywhere near ready to start dating again I was always so impressed with Luke and his loyalty to his friends and family. Neither of us knew it yet but unexpected life events had brought new possibilities. As I went on with life as a single mom, I had literally no interest in dating. Luke and I communicated regularly and as time went on our friendship grew stronger and stronger. I had always gotten a kick out of Lukes adventures as a care free single guy and he always enjoyed updates and photos of Coltan. He was always protective and at times I could tell he was worried about how I was holding up. The years passed and after a lot of long phone calls and many visits our friendship evolved into more. I began to realize how safe & comforted I felt with Luke. I also loved how I didn’t have to explain the long road Coltan & I had been on the past few years. Luke had always been there for us along the way. We share the same values and beliefs on what family and life are all about. I came to a point where we both knew we were ready to be together, everything about “us” felt right. Everything just fell perfectly into place. Once we decided to be together there was no hesitation or looking back. We just became this little family right away and the three of us just fell completely in love. We had talked about it and we always knew we would get married eventually… but we never thought we’d end up getting pregnant before we were able to tie the knot. In November 2012, as we were welcoming our baby girl into the world Luke surprised me with a ring (I was shocked because I was not expecting it in between contractions) and asked if I’d make it official and marry him. We are over the moon happy and so in love with our little family. We can not wait to share our love with our friends and family next summer!
Wedding: Arbor Crest Winery
Cater: Catered for You
Make up: The Make-Up Studio
Hair: Kayla at Urbanna
Cake: Happy Cake Co
Florist:Just Roses Plus
D. J: Amp’D Entertainment
Oh the love story of those lovely two:
Our Engagement as told by Ashley: I had just gotten back from Canada and Nick told me he would have to go out of town on Sunday. I was not thrilled and had been gone for two weeks and would only have a day with him, but I knew I was going to make the best of it. So Sunday came and Nick kissed me goodbye, although I thought it was weird that Nick had on a collared shirt and my favorite cologne to go to the airport. We said our goodbyes. Nick told me that maintenance was coming to check an outlet. Nick’s parents were coming up and asked me to go to lunch, but not to leave before maintenance got there. About an hour later I got a text from Nick saying he was at the airport about to go through security (this is the norm for us). Then I got a knock on the door, which was maintenance, after playing with Wasabi (my dog) he got a call asking if he was in my apartment. He then told me that I had a package downstairs. I thought it was odd but I followed him. Once downstairs Diane (our concierge) told me they were treating part of the grass area outside and didn’t want her love “Wasabi” to get in it. She then asked me to follow her outside to show me the area. To my surprise there was no treated area just a horse and carriage. It was strange that the driver started talking to me and then told me she had something for me. It was a scroll tied with a gold ribbon. I opened the scroll to find a caricature of Nick on one knee asking me to marry him. I then asked the driver where he was. As I turned around Nick was behind me on one knee. I wish I could tell you what he said but I don’t remember because I was in shock. He can’t tell you either but I am sure if we ask the crowd of people that had gathered around us one of them would know. We then took a carriage ride through the city to have a picnic at Millennium Park.
Story of these beautiful two:
While I was deployed in Kyrgyzstan, I had a conversation about EHarmony with one of my good friends from the squadron. He told me that he had met his fiancé on there and it really was worth a shot. So, taking his advice, I creatied a profile and was pleasantly surprised to see I had a “wink” the first day. I was amazed at how beautiful Rachael was and what her profile said. I loved her Christian faith and the fact that she was actively pursuing a master’s degree in counseling. After nearly two months of exchanging emails and getting to know one another it was finally time to meet. We both went home to see our families for Christmas so after I got back from Wisconsin, I picked her up from her parents’ house on December 27, 2011. It was a little nerve racking meeting the parents and was hoping to make a great first impression. We had dinner at Anthony’s which overlooks the falls in Downtown Spokane. That was great except for the parking ticket I received! I was scheduled to fly the next evening and knew that I needed another date because I was definitely interested. I was able to get out of it and showed Rachael a KC-135 in our maintenance hangar followed by happy hour at the Davenport. We had coffee on the third day where I expressed my interest is continuing to get to know one another and we talked for the next few weeks. Finally, the time came to see her in Portland where the family she was living with was incredibly generous and allowed me to stay there. This was such a blessing and helped take much of the financial strain out a long distance relationship.
Not too much longer, it was off for another deployment again. This was a true test of our relationship and Rachael was an amazing support. Being apart is never fun but we were able to continue to grow despite being apart. I was also tasked for another deployment but this one was now six months instead of two. Honestly this is where we really grew a lot. We were able to do bible studies and discuss sermons weekly which really helped our spiritual growth. Being on a constant schedule allowed us to connect every day and we were able to quickly adjust once I got home. I knew while I was over there that she was the one and it was time to start thinking about engagement ideas. I returned to the states in April, and after spending some time reconnecting, going on a family vacation to Disneyworld, ring shopping, and talking with her parents, I popped the question at Multnomah Falls near Portland. She said yes! We can’t wait to start our life together as husband and wife!
Wedding: Arbor Crest Winery
Catering: Beacon Hilling Catering
Make up: The make up studio
Florist: Evergreen Florist
D.J : Amp’D Music
The story of Sara and John:
John proposed to Sara a mere two weeks before he deployed to Afghanistan. Sara and John kept in contact through love letters, packages, flowers, and Trans-Atlantic phone calls for seven months. John returned to America in April of 2013. He and Sara excitedly anticipated their August wedding and are more in love than ever.
John and Sara met one fateful night at bible study in 2011, and the sparks flew instantly! They, along with a group of their friends, decided to go to Coeur d’ Alene lake for New Year’s Eve, to ring in 2012. John and Sara stole away for a moment alone by taking a walk on the icy pier – it was all Sara could do to not slip and fall in her heels! John, being the gentleman he is, offered his arm, and they walked and talked – arms linked – for the duration of 2011. Chivalry isn’t dead, after all! Soon thereafter, John worked up the courage to ask Sara to the Marine Corps Ball in January of 2012, and she gladly accepted. The Marine Corps Ball in Vegas, will go down in history as the beginning of Sara and John.
John was home for his pre-deployment leave in September, and was staying in a cabin on Deer Lake. Since he couldn’t be home for Christmas that year (if only in his dreams), Sara surprised him with a Summer Christmas! She decorated his cabin with Christmas lights, and decked the halls with boughs of holly, silver bells, a Christmas tree – the works! They were watching their favorite Christmas movie, White Christmas, and quite enjoying the antics of Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, when the fire started dying down into embers. It being a cold night on the lake that it was, John – always the gentleman – went over to the fireplace, and got down on one knee to stoke the fire. Sara stood up from her seat and wandered over to him. John, on bended knee, looked up and asked her if she would like to have her Christmas stocking present now. Surprised, Sara reached into one of the two stockings hanging on the mantel. John quipped that she had selected the wrong stocking, so she reached into the latter, pulled out a box, and opened it to find none other than a giant shiny princess-cut rock! John said some very sweet things, popped the question, and she said yes!