Aruna & Steve in Ann Arbor, MI
Aruna and Steve met at work, but it was their mutual love of nature, adventure, and travel that brought them together. They were immediately drawn to each other, built a solid friendship, and eventually dated on and off. It wasn't until they both relocated to Seattle that the relationship became serious.
The Bride Aruna Mall, 27, freelance art director
The Groom Steve Busch, 40, creative director
The Date September 23
On New Year’s Eve, Steve surprised Aruna with a leather-bound journal that read "A Life's Journey Together" pressed into the cover. The front page had a handwritten letter from Steve, and when she turned the page she had a feeling it was going to be a happy new year. Large holes cut through the pages revealed three rings -- one from Steve and two to represent his children -- with the words "Will You Marry Me?"
- Tia Albright