March 20, 2017
February 13, 2017
When people asked us how we met, I sometimes jokingly tell them that we met in Paris – it just sounds more romantic that way. The truth is that we met on Eharmony.com. I’m not sure why meeting online has a bad connotation to it, because it really shouldn’t, especially in our case. Regardless of how a couple meets, I think the important thing is that they do eventually find each other – and what happens from that point on is where the romantic begins and a love story is made.
I distinctly remember the first time I saw Holly, even her picture. It was the day after Thanksgiving, 2014, but this particular Friday wasn’t black at all. I was sitting in the big recliner chair in the living room of my sister’s house, sipping on a cup of morning coffee. I opened my e-mail to find that I had a new message from EHarmony with a new “match”. I skeptically opened the e-mail. After looking over her profile, and reading what she had written about herself and what she was looking for in life, and in a partner, I was immediately interested. I know it sounds a little clichéd, but I truly had a special feeling about her from the very start. I connected with what she had written, and liked everything about her, even her name, “Holly”. It didn’t take me long to muster up the courage to send her a note. I remember my heart beating fast as I sent the message and crossed my fingers that she would respond.
To my delight, she responded quickly, and after a few e-mails back and forth and a phone conversation or two, we agreed to meet in person. Our first date went well, and despite an awkward goodbye on my part, she luckily agreed to see me again. At the end of our second date, I kissed her for the first time, and we laughed together as she told me that I looked just like Andersen Copper and she’d never kissed someone famous before. After that, date number three lead into date number four, and I quickly began to fall in love with this beautiful Spanish Teacher from Spokane. I remember visiting my family shortly after we had started dating and describing Holly to them. They’ve told me since then that it was very evident just how special Holly was to me, even at that time.
At the 4-month mark we started planning a trip to Italy together, knowing full well that it would be the first big test of our relationship. As Holly always says, if you really want to see if you’re meant to be with someone, take an international trip with them. We ended up having a magical time together.
Our relationship only continued to blossom and grow stronger with each coming day, and on a warm sunlit day this past October, while on a walk through the Rose Garden in Manito Park, I asked Holly if she would do me the greatest honor of my life; would she to marry me?
Holly is my best friend, confidant, and sole-mate. She supports me and makes me a better man every day. I trust and respect her deeply. She is smart and engaging, caring, and strong. The size of her heart is only matched by her breathtakingly beauty. We share similar values and have similar life goals. And as basic as it sounds, we simply enjoy spending time with one another. She is the love of my life, and I pinch myself every day just to remind me of how lucky I am to have her in my life.
I was recently asked when was the exact moment that you knew Holly was the right woman for you. I struggled to answer the question because I don’t think there was an exact moment. I truly had a special feeling about her from the very beginning, and I approached our relationship with an open heart. I therefore don’t think it was a singular moment of realization that she was the one for me, but a gradual deepening on my feelings for her. I’ve known for a longtime, from early on, that I loved her, and that she was the woman I would gladly choose, amongst all others, to spend the rest of my life with.
Our love story has always begun and continues to run on extraordinary timing. We met originally in school, both sitting at the only left hand desks in the room. Slowly, our conversations grew longer as well as time spent together. In the Fall of 2012, our timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we both were taking classes at Washington State University, and living a cozy life of cheap college food and dates. When I attended nursing school up north, Daniel got a job an hour away to keep close. When Daniel accepted his first police officer position, I packed up my scrubs and stethoscope, and we moved to Pullman, the little town we had first met in. Both our jobs leave us on the night shift, playing board games and grocery shopping at 3AM. He is the best part of my life and I adore our every adventure together. We share the same sense of humor and delight in raising our beloved little cat, Phoebe. Though our timing may be set to a different tune throughout our lifetime, I will always be grateful for every second of every day that we have together.
June 14, 2016
DJ: Big Mobile Entertainment
Flowers: Fawn Meadow Design
Rentals, tent: Event Rents
Cake: Just American Desserts
Hair: Jill Stern
Makeup: Kara McCollum
Everything else: Sun Mountain Lodge
May 28, 2016
Venue and Catering – Beacon Hill Events
Flowers – Rose & Blossom
Cupcakes – Sweet Frostings
Music – Noah Styles from Complete
Photo Booth – Flat4Photography
Dress – Marcella’s
Makeup – The Make Up Studio
Tuxedos – Mens Wearhouse
May 7, 2016
“Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control.” -Unknown
That quote is a perfect description of how I feel about my life with Craig. I met him randomly when I was out of town with a girlfriend. He had a great personality and seemed like a fun guy so we invited him to meet us out for dinner. Neither of us expected him to actually take us up on our offer, so when he did it was a pleasant surprise. While I didn’t think he was my type at the time, he is definitely my type now. My perfect match… my soul mate. Craig is the most kind, giving man I know and keeps me laughing on a daily basis. He quickly became my very best friend and even when our lives took different paths for a short while, we stayed close. I knew I needed him in my life and no one compared to the love I felt for him.
Craig proposed to me this past Christmas and I get to marry him in a few short months. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world because he can have anyone and yet he chooses me.
April 29, 2016
Tayler and I met a few summers ago. He was a friend of a friend that came to my parent’s lake place for the day. We didn’t interact a whole lot that night as I had to work the next morning and left early. Though not even a few days later he sent me a message on Facebook quizzing me about restaurants he’d like to visit but wanted my opinion (Real smooth!) We exchanged numbers a few days after that and then he began asking about a first date! I say began, because I wasn’t totally jumping on the idea and it took several weeks before we “found” a day that worked for the both of us. After that first date, I couldn’t believe that I had ever put him off. Tayler is the most lovable, understanding and magnetic man that I have ever encountered.
Fast forward a year and half I had a tripped planned to meet my parents in Maui for a week vacation. Tayler wasn’t able to go because of work, or so I thought! One of the days we planned to go snuba over at Molokini. It was an excursion that little did I know, kept me away from my phone and busy for most of the day. When we returned to the condo, my dad went to check out a local dive shop to see about taking a dive the very next day. I was told to be ready for dinner fairly early so that when my dad returned we could leave. He returned and about 10 minutes later and so did Tayler, on our patio, down on one knee. It’s been the best day of my life thus far and every day with him is sweeter than the last.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!
March 12, 2016
“She is delightfully chaotic; a beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.”
If there were a quote that could encompass Megan, this is it. We met after she she left NY and dancing on her toes. She has had me on my toes every since. Although it is sometimes painful, it is worth it. She is my world.
“Maybe some girls are not meant to be tamed. Maybe they are supposed to run wild until they find someone, just as wild, to run with.” Ian has somehow managed to calm me, mature me, support me, grow with me, and stabilize me all the while, running wild with me. 11 years later, he is still in many ways an enigma to me. I suspect he is doing this on purpose to bother me, but it turns out I quite like it. I am beyond lucky to have this wonderful man by my side.
January 30, 2016
So after Zach’s amazingly romantic proposal! It was down to business to plan our dream wedding! We started with setting a time and location. Since we were both teachers we felt that a winter (December) wedding would be ideal since we would always have that time of year off to go on a mini-honeymoon. Since most of Zach’s family would have to travel for the wedding, we chose a location (Spokane, WA) with a larger airport than Pullman or Lewiston. When thinking about a venue for the wedding reception, the first place that came to mind was the Historic Davenport Hotel. We had stayed there the previous December after Zach returned from celebrating Christmas with his family in Wisconsin. Seeing how breathtaking the Davenport Hotel was when it was decorated for the Christmas season, simplified our decision. We chose the Marie Antoinette Ballroom, since it had a special place in our hearts. We had shared a dance there when we were exploring the hotel one evening. We were so happy to find out that the room and the date that we wanted were available! We were able to have the ceremony at the beautiful St. Matthew Lutheran Church, which is about five miles north of the Historic Davenport Hotel.
After arranging the location of the ceremony and reception, was the whirlwind of finding the perfect dress, the best photographer, the tastiest wedding cake, the sexiest tuxes, the funnest DJ, the most beautiful flowers, and finishing up all the other details. Although it seemed that every weekend was consumed in preparing for the wedding, preparations went by fast, where everything seemed to fall into place.
After 8 long months of planning, our BIG DAY finally arrived! December 19th, 2015 was a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Not only because it was a day that we married our best friend, it was a beautiful day, filled with joy, friends, family, love, God, and even a few snowflakes. We couldn’t have imagined anything more wonderful!
November 20, 2015
Rachael was in her last year of Family Medicine Residency, job-searching and planning to return to Boise for work after completing Residency in the following summer. Ryan had recently started a new job as a project manager at Bouten Construction and was in the process of purchasing a house. They both led busy lives without a lot of free time, but they were both ready to fall in love. They found each other on match.com and Ryan messaged Rachael first, referencing her love of skate skiing. The conversation flourished after that with many common interests. They soon decided to meet in person and Ryan recommended Iron Goat Brewing. Rachael had never been there before, but she definitely could appreciate a good microbrew. As she approached Iron Goat on that fall evening, she noticed a tall, lean, handsome strawberry-blonde with big blue eyes and a great smile. He warmly introduced himself and said that they might have to change their date location as it was trivia night and quite noisy in the brewery. They changed the plan and went to another small brewery instead. The conversation was easy and fluid, and Rachael was impressed with Ryan’s relaxed, laid-back, confident demeanor and loved how everything between them felt natural and right. Ryan was awestruck that he finally found a woman who was everything he desired and more- with intelligence, eagerness, kindness and beauty. On their second date they went on a beautiful fall hike, climbing for miles up to a peaceful lake in the foothills. They had several other dates in close succession and things took off quickly.
Rachael recalls being on-call for labor and delivery at the hospital, and trying to make a lunch date with Ryan. She ended up being a few minutes late to their date, wearing her glasses and scrubs and thinking, “well, if he doesn’t like me like this, then it just won’t work out”. He loved the scrubs and glasses.
Rachael went to Venezuela for a mission on cleft lip and palate a few weeks after they started dating. Ryan very graciously helped dog-sit for a few days and stayed at Rachael’s house. Once she returned from Venezuela (finally!) they never spent another night apart.
Their relationship continued extremely smoothly. They just understood each other; they were both on the same page, enjoying so many similar activities with their free time, and equally enjoying relaxing together. Things were uncomplicated between them and they were perfect together.
Ryan planned a proposal during their post-residency vacation to Belize. He decided to propose underwater while scuba diving, and Rachael had no idea he was planning this. The dive master eagerly helped him plan it out:
On their fifth dive, about 45 feet underwater on a sandy patch known as “The Garden”, Ryan picked up a conch shell with a laminated banner underneath it. The banner had been placed there moments prior by the dive master. Rachael initially thought this was a piece of trash, but to her surprise, Ryan unrolled the banner which read, in bold letters, “Will you marry me?” Responding verbally wasn’t an option but she nodded her head as bubbles rapidly flew out of her regulator, and made the “OK” symbol, reciprocated by Ryan. The dive instructor motioned for them to take out their regulators and kiss, which they did after a brief contemplation about their air supply. The dive resumed for about 20 minutes after this proposal with a beautiful wall of sea life and a large manta ray. They were greeted by the island’s resort staff who cheered as they got off the boat. The chef prepared fresh seafood that evening, and they sat under the palm trees enjoying an extremely memorable celebratory dinner together.