How We Met: Jeff was the type of guy I always dreamed of marrying. Little did I know, my dream would come true. It all started in 2010, my freshman year in college. It was my first day of track practice at Fresno State. I was filled with nerves because I knew no one…not one person! I started to develop friendships as the weeks went on. Jeff was a student pole vault coach due to recently tearing his ACL. He definitely had caught my eye. His personality, handsome looks, and love for track were the first things I noticed about him. To me, he stood out from the rest. I knew just from the way he talked to others and the respect he showed his friends that he was one in a million. So…that’s when it all began. He asked me out on a date and we clicked immediately. We talked the ENTIRE time..not once was there an award moment. I opened up to him about things that were very personal to me and he listened. I thought the things I was telling him might scare him away but after that night, our relationship began. We spent just about every day together…laughing hysterically, talking about anything and everything, and building our friendship. 4 1/2 years later and he is my best friend and the love of my life. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him and continue to build such an amazing friendship.
how they asked: It was December 19th, 2014. Jeff was “out of town” with his friends (or so I thought). He even sent me pictures that he pulled off of Google to eliminate any chance of me questioning if he was really gone. In fact, I thought he was going to propose to me at Disneyland months later from some fake hints he dropped. Anyways, my family and I decided we were going to go to a restaurant called Jon’s Bear Club, which was my father’s favorite place. It is a place we hold very dear to us as my Dad passed away a little over a year ago. So, I arrived with my mom, my aunt and uncle, my cousins, and my youngest sister. My mom had reserved a banquet room because we were meeting my grandparents, my oldest sister, and my brother-in-law. When I walked in, I saw my two best friends, and ALL of Jeff’s family. At first, I had no idea what was happening because I was so taken back. The room was decorated so beautiful and everyone was dressed up in this otherwise casual restaurant. My mom led me to a single chair that was surrounded by all of the tables. The chair was facing a TV and one of Jeff’s best friends was standing right beside it. Once I was seated (and trying to pull myself together), Jeff’s friend pressed play and video started. It began with clips of four and a half years worth of adventures Jeff had captured of our relationship. Then, it led into a segment where Jeff had interviewed all of our families having them explain why they love me. Next, it showed him writing a letter to my Dad asking for his blessing, and attaching it to a sky lantern and sending it off into the sky. The last part showed him getting ready with his best friend, getting into his car, and driving to Jon’s Bear Club. He pulled up to the restaurant, and the videographer followed him to the door of our banquet room. (All the while, Jeff was hiding in the bathroom with his best friend and the videographer waiting to walk in the door at the exact right moment). When the video showed Jeff walk up to the door, he walked in, grabbed a bouquet of flowers, made his way to me, and got down on his knee. He told me he loved me, and then said that he wasn’t going to be able to get through everything he wanted to say! So he pulled out a wooden ring box that he made, and opened it up as he asked me to marry him. It was absolutely the best moment of my life.
After I of course said yes, both families had an amazing dinner together, which was incredible in itself to see everyone bonding together. To have a memory like this to share together for the rest of our lives is something I could never imagine would happen to me.