Tell us how you
met and fell in love!
on Bumble in October 2017. Alissa took great care in writing her profile
description; I didn't write anything and later revealed I didn't even read
Alissa's profile (I was instantly smitten by Alissa’s first picture). Needless
to say, there was instant attraction, soon followed by tons of texts getting to
know each other before officially meeting. The first date lasted 3.5 hours
and we both were amazed by how easily conversation flowed and that our
interests and values aligned so well. Over the course of our relationship me
and Alissa continue to be inseparable-- cheering each other on, inspiring each
other to work hard, and always finding comfort in our love at the end of the
Was there a
proposal? Tell us about it!
was a proposal!! I proposed to Alissa and had been planning it for months. I am
naturally a planner so I had 3 proposal plans, and just like everything in
life, things just fell through and I ended up having to propose to Alissa with
Plan C. I proposed on January 18th in Tacoma, WA.
started out somewhat like a normal Friday (I had Alissa take time off from work
so we can just have a day of R&R). I told her we had dinner plans in
downtown Seattle but due to Plans A & B falling through, I had to change
locations and so I told her that we had dinner plans in Tacoma, WA.
down to Tacoma was excruciating due to traffic and
because we were driving 25 miles for what she thought was going to be a usual
seafood date night. 2 hours later we pull up to Chambers Bay Regional Park
which, at the time, she didn’t recognize due to the darkness of the night, but
this was special to us because earlier in our relationship we came here to the
bridge at the park and found a lock to write our initials & anniversary
date and “lock” it on the bridge. What I failed to realize was that parks in WA
close (in MN I’m used to parks staying open 24 hours a day) and thus the gate
was up and so we couldn’t get to the bridge where our lock was.
wonderful photographers at the time (shout out Aaron & Morgan Latimer),
found a landing in which they placed tea lights and lights to make it feel
extra romantic. We got to the center of the lights and I had made a book of My
Reasons Why I Love Alissa. It was a simple yet cute cartoony book of all the
reasons why I love her. We read it together in the torrential rain that was
happening and on the very last page was the cartoon version of me down on 1
knee asking her to marry me. When she looked up, Alissa saw that I was down on
To this day I don’t know exactly what I said to her, but I remember
through my tears telling her that I choose her and that I promise to love her
in this lifetime and all lifetimes after that. She said YES and in the
torrential downpour, we polished off a couple glasses of champagne and
celebrated this amazing moment together. 😊
Are you planning
your wedding right away or giving yourself some time to just be engaged?
We’ve been planning our wedding
the day after we got engaged! Our wedding is
set for Oct. 12 2019 and we couldn’t be more excited.
What’s the best
thing you’ve learned from your spouse-to-be?
There’s such thing as real authentic love. I never
understood what that meant or even had a good framework of “love” and
throughout our relationship Alissa has consistently showed me what it’s like to
be loved. Wholly.
your favorite part of your relationship?
Alissa. Yes I know it’s cliché, but she is by far the best thing to
happen to me. She is my favorite part of a lot of things including this
relationship. She continues to push me to be a better lover, person, and
friend. I wouldn’t and couldn’t do this with anyone else, but her.