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Welcome to our blog!

Danny and I decided to keep a blog about what we are doing in our lives back when we were planning our wedding. So many of our friends and family live in other cities, states, countries, (continents!) that we wanted a way to share our lives, wedding planning, and adventures with them. Now that the wedding is over (it was amazing!) we decided to keep the blog going. Please make sure to come visit our website often, and make sure to leave lots of comments!

About Us

Danny

Danny grew up in Danville, CA. He played volleyball throughout high school, and at the University of Oregon where he attended college. He graduated with a BA in History and a minor in Business. He now lives in Pleasanton, CA with his beautiful wife, two crazy kitties, and silly puppy. He is currently teaching high school Economics, AP Economics and World Geography.

He is currently trying to keep the new grass in the backyard alive, learning to BBQ, and starting to play the guitar again.

Stephanie

Stephanie grew up in El Granada, CA (near Half Moon Bay). She graduated from Lewis and Clark College, in Portland Oregon, with a BA in Chemistry. In 2008 earned her MS in Chemistry from the University of Oregon. From October 2008 - April 2009 she attended The Professional Culinary Institute in Campbell, California. She is currently teaching high school Chemistry and AP Chemistry. She now lives in Pleasanton, CA with her amazing husband, two crazy cats, and silly puppy

She is currently trying to keep her garden alive, teaching herself to quilt, and enjoying moving into her brand new classroom.

Harley and Zoe

Harley and Zoe are the two crazy kitties. Harley is 3 years old, and Zoe is 2 years old.

Harley enjoys eating massive amounts of grass, sleeping, bothering her sister, putting her toys in strange places, and sitting on her daddy's shoulders.

Zoe enjoys talking incessantly, running as fast as she can through the house, climbing the window/sliding door screens, and banging her head into things.

Us

We met in September 2007. Stephanie was starting her Masters Program at the University of Oregon and Danny was starting his senior year there. Stephanie took some summer courses with one of Danny's friends, who promptly adopted her into their group. Unbeknownst to both Danny and Stephanie, their mutual friend was plotting to set them up before they even met! They started dating soon after they met, and have been so happy ever since.

In October 2008, Danny and Stephanie went to Europe together for two weeks. They went to Amsterdam, Vienna, and Prague. It was truely amazing. After two weeks, Stephanie had to go back to the USA to start culinary school. Danny stayed for two extra weeks in Italy to visit some family friends. While he was in Italy he realized that he was seeing all sorts of amazing sites, and visiting all sorts of beautiful places...but he wished he could have been sharing the experiences with Stephanie. It was then that he decided that he never wanted to visit a new place without Stephanie there to share it with. So he decided to ask her to marry him when he got back!

October 23, 2008 was the 1 year, 1 month, and 1 day anniversary of Danny and Stephanie starting to date. Danny took Stephanie up to Coit Tower in San Fransisco for the sunset, got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes! If you want to read more about it click HERE

Danny and Stephanie got married on June 06, 2009 in Warrenton, Oregon in a small brick chuch, and had an amazing outdoor reception at her parents' house.

They are now enjoying fixing up their townhouse and looking forward to whatever big adventure happens to be next.

Popping the Question

by Danny
On October 23, 2008, One Year, One Month and One Day after we first started going out, I decided it was time to pop the question. My decision to ask for her hand in marriage was brought on during my trip in Europe. We had spent two weeks together traveling about and then I spent another two weeks traveling alone in Italy. During those two weeks in Italy I came to the conclusion that I wanted to share my travels and adventures with the women I had spent the previous two weeks with. The fact was that everything I saw was muted because she was not there and I never wanted to have that feeling again. I then decided to ask for her hand in marriage!

Coming up with how to pop the question is a question in itself and so I consulted my brother, Todd and brother-in-law, Chris. Many ideas were thrown about and so I took ideas from the two and formed one ingenious plan.

So on the appointed day we set out on a drive, me in the drivers seat and Stephanie cluelessly questioning me with questions about where we were going for she knew something was up. (It’s not every day that a boyfriend asks his girl to go on a drive to a surprise destination midweek). After an hour drive we arrived in San Francisco. We continued up to historical Coit Tower and parked.

Since Stephanie figured out I was going to propose I had to have a couple of aces up my sleeve. I therefore left the ring box in the car, making sure Stephanie saw that the box was staying but we were going. With this fact in her mind she was lead to believe I was going to ask at a later time in the night. We began to walk around the monument together and eventually found a spot away from the tourists and other sightseers and sat down on a bench. I began telling her how much I loved her and that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, sharing every experience with her. I then slowly pulled a red handkerchief from my pocket. Inside the handkerchief I revealed the ring . Meanwhile I had gotten down on one knee. No sooner had I done that then I burst out, “Will you marry me?!”. Although my speech was quite rapid at this point I got the point across and Stephanie shook her head yes, although she made me ask one more time and only after that did she say, “Yes!!!” I had taken her compeltely by surprise because she thought the ring was still in the car.

After the ring was on her finger we stayed where we were, looking at each other, the ring, and the sunset over San Francisco Bay, simply taking in the moment and knowing we had just started on another amazing journey together. After a time we went back to the car and drove to Restaurant Americano.

I had reserved a table and upon sitting down Stephanie notice a bouquet of a dozen red roses sitting on the table. She once again began to cry with a huge smile on her face. Throughout dinner we continued to stare at each other stargazed. The table next to us bought us some celebratory wine in honor of the occasion. After the meal the waitress even bought our desserts.

The night was a complete success…mainly because she said “Yes!!!!!!!!”

And they lived happily ever after…

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