Shari & Andrew: A Cultural Wedding in San Diego, CA

Shari first met Andrew when the two were grad students in San Diego State University’s School Psychologist Program—they’re both school psychologists now—and Andrew spoke in one of Shari’s classes. “I thought he was cute, but I didn’t have the courage to call him,” says Shari. One night at a club with their fellow classmates, they hit the dance floor together. “I made her laugh with my goofy dance moves,” remembers Andrew. “But there was an intense attraction.” The Bride Shari Takenaga, 26 The Groom Andrew Melia, 31 The Date June 24 The couple began dating, and a few years later, while visiting family in Hawaii, Andrew treated Shari to a Christmas Eve dinner followed by a romantic walk on the beach. When they stopped at a lifeguard stand to watch the waves, Andrew proposed.