Aja and Derek

How We Met

It all started at Disneyland… no really it did!

I started working at Autopia in November 2007 and Derek had been hired the week before me. We had worked a few shifts together and randomly talked, but never were really friends. it wasn’t until May 2008 when we were training buddies at Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. I had always thought he was good-looking, but didn’t really think anything of it since he had a girlfriend at the time. The training ending up being such a fun time that I quickly developed a HUGE crush on him. I figured this was just going to be your typical high school crush and didn’t think anything would actually happen between the two of us.

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Napa, California

A few months had gone by and I had posted a bulletin on Myspace ( remember those?!?) and posted my AIM screen name in the message. Derek didn’t have my phone number, but that night he had messaged telling me that he was going to learn Space Mountain. I had just learned Space Mountain a few months prior, so I was able to tell him all about it. We quickly developed a friendship over AIM and it was really the only way we communicated. He still had a girlfriend and I still had a huge crush on him, but he didn’t know that, so I continued to think nothing would ever happen. Derek ended up learning Monorail so we would talk about the differences between the two rides and all that dorky Disney Cast Member stuff.

About a month later, he told me that he and his girlfriend had broken up. I know this sounds terrible, but I was so excited. I still never told him how I felt and we just remained friends. A few weeks later he had mentioned that he was going to Lake Arrowhead with another one of our friends, I said that it sounded fun and I would love to go (I totally invited myself!) That trip was one of the best days and we quickly became close friends. We talked every day on AIM and he finally got my phone number. A few weeks after the Arrowhead trip, he told me how he felt. My HUGE crush actually felt the same way that I did! It was such a great feeling, and after almost 10 years we are getting married !!

how they asked

We planned a vacation to San Francisco kind of out of the blue one day. Derek and I both had vacation time to use and thought it would be a fun quick trip for us. Neither of us had been to Napa, so one of the days we planned to go Wine Tasting (My favorite thing to do). Two of our close friends live up north and decided to go wine tasting with us. The first place we went was a smaller winery and they had given us a private table of to the side of the winery. I was a little confused at first, but Derek told me that his parents had known someone that worked at the winery and that is why we were getting special treatment. I didn’t think anything more about it and just started to enjoy the tasting. Our friend, Will, had asked me to take a picture of him and his Fiancee in front of this really pretty wall covered in greenery.

I asked if he could take a photo of Derek and me afterward ( I fell right into their trap!) Derek and I took the picture and I started to walk back to the table. Derek grabbed my hand and said, “I have something for you”. Before I could even think, he was down on one knee with the biggest smile on his face. I could not believe that this was actually happening! He opened the box that the ring was in and asked me to marry him.

I gasped so hard because the ring was beautiful and exactly what I had told him I wanted. It all happened so fast that I don’t even think I actually said Yes! I started crying and put the ring on. It was such a happy moment for the both of us and a long time coming. All the years that we had put into our relationship had led us to this moment and I don’t think that either of us could have been happier.