So...this is pretty darn cool! Joe & Aaron both decided to share their own versions of how they met & fell in love! We love getting two sides to a story! Read on for an adorable tale.
Joe and I met in 2005, when I had just graduated college and moved back to LA. I had never been in a relationship before then, but felt an instant connection with Joe when I met him at a local bar that had become my favorite hangout. I gave him my number on the spot and he called me that night, but it went to my voicemail and I didn’t have a callback number. I spent the next week subjecting my friends and co-workers to ramblings about this mysterious guy who I wasn’t sure I would ever see again. As luck would have it, I saw him again at the same bar, and any question about our connection disappeared when he placed himself in my lap while I was in the middle of a conversation with a friend. Last year, that friend officiated our wedding!
The engagement session was an unforgettable adventure! We took photos at some classic Los Angeles locations (Union Station and Chinatown), but because of our mutual love for baseball we couldn't resist the opportunity to do a shoot at Dodger Stadium! We weren't sure if we could make an engagement shoot at a baseball stadium work, but the staff was fabulous at helping us book a "private tour" and giving us full access to take photos in places that would normally be crowded or inaccessible, including the field itself! Our photographer was up to the challenge of taking full advantage of this opportunity, even stopping us in the parking lot on the way up to get in some shots of a full panoramic view overlooking the city where we met and fell in love.
Ten years ago, Aaron had just finished school at UC Berkeley and moved back down to SoCal where his family lives. He had just started with his current company Yahoo! which, at the time, had an office in Pasadena, CA. Close to his office, he would frequently hang out at a little karaoke gay dive bar called The Boulevard. At the same time, I lived near Pasadena and my best friend Chad worked at The Boulevard, so I would frequently go in to visit with Chad, hang out with friends, play some pool and sing some karaoke (although not very well). One night at The Boulevard, Aaron and I were there at the same time. I saw Aaron and thought he was cute and some flirting took place. I built up some courage (thanks to a couple of drinks) to go and talk to Aaron and found that he was easy to talk to and this felt good (good enough to somehow sit in Aaron’s lap). Aaron told his friend John (that he was hanging out with at the time) that he felt a connection with me and later he gave me his number. Well, I was so excited that I didn’t follow the, what is it? Two day, three day rule? And I called Aaron later that night. Aaron’s phone had run out of batteries and it went straight to voice mail so I left a message. Aaron later realized I had called but he didn’t have my number because of his dead phone and couldn’t call me back.
The next week Aaron and I saw each other again at The Boulevard and got to know each other more and had great conversation while playing pool and singing karaoke with friends. We made sure we had each other’s number and started hanging out regularly.
Early on we found that our connection was real and that we wanted to spend more time together. Pretty soon after that we decided we were exclusively dating which led to the wonderful life we have together today.
The engagement shoot: Aaron and I found out early on that we both had a love for baseball. Aaron became a fan of the Oakland A’s while attending UC Berkeley. He would go to games with friends and found that he loved following baseball and rooting for the A’s. I grew up going to Dodger games and have loved the Dodgers since I was a little kid. I would go to games with my mom and sister and later, as an adult, would go with friends. Baseball has always been my favorite sport. We wanted to have part of our engagement photos represent a passion we both had and baseball seemed like the perfect fit. What better place than historic Dodger Stadium?
Meredith and Zoom Theory did amazing work in capturing the love we have for each other and the passion that we share for baseball. We were both so happy with the beautiful photos they took and will cherish them for many years to come.