Alissa and Kevin

Alissa and Kevin's Engagement in New Jersey

How We Met

My birthday is a week after Halloween so each year I host a Halloween themed birthday party that gives back to a different charity. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I’m lucky to be surrounded by such great friends & family who take it as seriously as I do along with being generous. Especially my soon-to-be hubs, Kev. He has a heart of gold for wearing the costumes I come up with each year just to make me happy :)

Alissa's Proposal in New Jersey

Kev & I met at Santacon in December of 2015. Then just a year later we found ourselves moving in together in Hoboken, NJ. The year after, Kevin’s employer asked us to relocate to Los Angeles, CA & I agreed to make the move across the country as long as we could fly back to NJ to celebrate & host my 30th Birthday/Halloween party. Kev agreed and come Friday, October 26th, 2018, we flew home to my parent’s house that had set up a delicious dinner with both our families and a few close friends.

How They Asked

If you want to know just how serious I take Halloween, I purchased 3 Halloween skeleton onesies for Kevin, our dog Brady & I to wear the night before the party the way some people wear Christmas Eve pajamas. The 3 of us took our family photo and a few hours later it was time to cut my birthday cake! Kevin & Brady changed out of their onesies but I stayed in mine. Everyone started to sing happy birthday and when I went to blow out the candles, Kevin surprisingly asked me to wait, then got down on one knee and asked me to be his “Halloween queen forever.” The only words I could find were WHY NOW? Haha! I was SO shocked I couldn’t even believe what just happened. I of course said yes and we spent the entire night practicing for the wedding. (Ex: drinking & dancing until the wee hours of the night!)

We decided we were going to surprise our friends the next day by announcing our engagement during the party. THIS was the hardest part for me. I wanted to scream from the rooftops that I was getting to marry the puppy daddy of my dreams but knew that surprising everyone would be so amazing and I wanted to be able to hug everyone! I kept the ring in my clutch until everyone had arrived and held onto it for dear life. When everyone showed up, I walked over to the DJ and said we were going to announce our big news! I placed the ring on my finger, put my sleeve over it, and Kev & I dragged a chair to the middle of the bar so I could stand high enough for everyone to see and tell them the exciting news. I never said anything so fast before in my life. We thanked everyone for coming & that we had raised over $1,000 for the Layups 4 Life Foundation towards cancer research. I then told them the night before our families had celebrated my birthday a little early and that Kev had proposed! With that, I flashed around my ring as everyone cheered. The bar handed us champagne and then I was swarmed by the biggest hugs & congratulations. I was so happy that we decided to wait and surprise everyone.

Kevin had designed the ring with a jeweler in Santa Monica, CA and it is PERFECT. It’s an oval diamond set on an 18K gold band with a platinum crown!

I can’t even wrap my head around that Halloween, my 30th birthday, a fundraiser AND a proposal all happened in one weekend. I felt like royalty flying home to Los Angeles the next day. It took me 30 years to have the best weekend of my life and I owe it all to my FIANCÉ Kevin.

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