Tell us your love story!
We met at work, which is ironic because we both had rules about not dating coworkers. I thought Mallory was the most beautiful girl but that she was out of my league, and straight. The good news is that apparently she's not out of my league (or I'm really a telekinetic) and that she's gay! We quickly became best friends, helping each other through everything. Once we were best friends, it started to become clear that there were some feelings there and that was that. She's still my best friend, but she's so much more than that. Mallory taught me to love Disneyland and Disney World and to believe in magic even more than I already do. I taught her to love Star Wars and to let yourself be free, to act like a kid sometimes and just try to have the most fun in life that you can.
What about the proposal?
I planned a scavenger hunt for Mallory and was out of the house by the time she woke up (which was far earlier than I had originally anticipated). I left a card on her pillow that said her chariot would pick her up at 9, so she would have time to get ready, to be ready for a magical adventure, and happy three and a half year anniversary (in theory, to get her to think it wasn't a proposal). Our friend Avery was her amazing chauffeur, and one of my partners in crime in planning the entire thing. She picked Mallory up and took her to Starbucks, where there was another card waiting for her (with a gift card to get some breakfast) and a video that I had recorded earlier. Her other stops were at the waterfront, one of our favorite places to go walking, the store where we had met, and Woodland Park Zoo, where we had gone on our first date. At each stop there was another card and another video of me speaking to a favorite memory or reason that I loved her. While she was out on her scavenger hunt, my other partners in crime (Matt and Evanie) were quickly helping me pack Mallory's suitcase for her surprise trip. We then raced up to Woodland Park Zoo and went to the Australasia section because we had thought it was funny on our first date. When she arrived, I walked her down a path that was a little more secluded and got done on one knee. I almost forgot what to say, but managed to get the words "will you marry me?" out of my mouth. Of course, her response was "Oh no!" followed quickly by "Yes!" I motioned for Evanie to pass me Mallory's Minnie Mouse ears and asked where she would need them. After a little while wandering around the zoo and getting some food, Avery took us to the airport and we flew down to Disneyland where her sisters, another surprise, met us. (Mallory: I was a fountain of overwhelmed happy tears all day. 💖)
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
I thought I knew we were meant to be together when I rescued her shoe from floating away at the waterfront. I also thought I knew when she took care of me after an ankle surgery (sliding down stairs can be dangerous). Then, I thought I knew after she had unending patience for me. But really, I think I knew all along.
I knew we were meant to be together by how she made me laugh. That was sort of an instantaneous thing. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, she’s really cute. And really talented. And also she’s hilarious.” All of those thoughts sort of happened all at once and at essentially the moment I met her. Also she wrote me cute love notes and stuck them on my car’s windshield - how is that not a sign?!
We both entered into this relationship thinking it could be longterm, thinking we had both found our "person." Luckily enough, I think that's true. We balance each other out perfectly.