I started working at One Distribution in 2013. For 6 months Dustin shared a cubicle wall with me and did not say ONE WORD to me. He finally acknowledged my existence when I loudly asked everyone on the entire floor if they wanted some free pairs of size 11 shoes. OF COURSE Dustin came right over and took some. He still didn't say one peep to me but he did email me later that night to say "Thanks for the shoes today. I owe you lunch". Now that he had broken the seal of contact I guess its safe to say we became acquaintances.
A few weeks later the office was completely quiet and Dustin and I were the only ones there. I emailed him "why are you being so quiet over there?" which opened up another can of worms. Somehow or another we ended up sharing music playlists to keep ourselves entertained throughout the week and exchanged numbers so that I could flake on him for the foreseeable future. Dustin asked me numerous times if I wanted to meet for drinks. I said yes every time but when he would follow up beforehand to confirm plans I would make up a dumb excuse on why I couldn't go. I even did this to him on his 30th birthday (and somehow he still forgave me).
We continued to play this little back and forth shy game where I made plans with him and then broke them until 3 months later I ran into him at the Wild Goose (a bar in Costa Mesa). Shy Dustin must have had a couple drinks that night because he finally flat out asked "Why won't you just have dinner with me???". Shy Dustin was now proving that he maybe wasn't so shy afterall (which obviously interested me) so I finally said "i mean... ok... I will".
The next day we went to Crystal Cove beach where Dustin proceeded to lay down his towel about 4 feet from mine. After an hour of having to raise my voice to have a conversation with him I finally told him that I don't bite and he can move closer. Somehow he got the courage to kiss me that day.
After one month of dating Dustin took me to Pageant of the Masters (where I was bored out of my mind) and surprised me by taking me to the beach at the Montage (across the street from where we're now getting married!!!). He surprised me by pulling out two glasses (which he clearly bought solely for this occasion) and a bottle of wine. After about 30 minutes of awkwardly beating around the bush he asked me to be his girlfriend. When I said yes he got out a ring pop and put it on my finger. I kept that ring pop and Dustin kept the empty bottle of wine and both sit on my dresser to this day. He has since upgraded my ring pop to a (really pretty) diamond ring and instead of his girlfriend I am now his future wife!
I remember the first time I saw Jess walk into the Supra building, I thought to myself "She's not from around here." Her style reminded me of the east coast and was way different than anyone else that was working at Supra. For the first few months of her working at Supra I did't say a single word to her, I don't honestly know if I even acknowledged her existence. Finally it was catalog season which, as always at Supra didn't go smoothly. We were right up against our deadline and the art director and I were reviewing the cover of the womens catalog we then decided to get an outsider opinion. Jess sat directly on the other side of my cubicle, and because she was the closest to our department and also the closest to the target audience she became our test subject. Keep in mind at this point I am completely fed up with this catalog season and I just want it to end so when we ask for Jess's opinion and she says she hates it…..she immediately ended up on my shit list without ever having a prior conversation or introduction this became my first impression of her and I wasn't a fan. As a couple months passed and the annoyance subsided Jess redeemed herself. It was February and Jess came across some extra limited edition shoes in the warehouse and offered them up to people in the office and with my love of sneakers of course I took her up on the offer. It was at this point that I realized that I had gotten her all wrong and I felt like a real jerk so I offered to buy her lunch sometime and while she didn't take me up on the offer, it did start the dialog that would eventually bring us together. The back and forth cryptic emails began in March, thus beginning the most frustrating 3 months of my life. The time span of March-May was filled with back and forth flirty emails that would come in clusters and end with me asking Jess out to dinner only to have her flake on me or tell me "Dinner is too scary, how about Fro-Yo" and then proceed to flake again. I can't even begin to tell you how many times i proclaimed "I'm over it…" I would get so frustrated only to get another email from her and get sucked right back in. Finally on June 6th, Jess ACTUALLY showed up to the bar like she said, this was a day I never thought would come. Once again I told her that I wanted to take her to dinner and this time I wasn't taking No for an answer. Finally i got what I wanted and then some as she also agreed to go to the beach with me the following day. Once I finally got what I wanted the nervousness set in. I took Jess to El Moro beach, when we got there we set up our towels I probably left about 20 feet in between our towels because I was so nervous I would scare her off after finally getting her to agree to go out. Jess being the smart ass that she is started making fun of me telling me to move my towel closer which I did but probably only a foot at a time, thats when she really started making fun of me. That day is one of the most memorable days of my life, as we talked I finally got to know this woman I had been chasing for months and when we left the beach that day I knew I had found something special. She was unlike anyone I had ever met, she was smart, ambitious, funny, caring, very family oriented…..I felt like I hit the lottery. The next few months were absolutely perfect, I couldn't have asked for anything more. We decided to take out first trip as a couple to the Sierras over labor day weekend. I knew this wasn't the ideal trip for Jess but she knew how much I loved the sierras and wanted to share that experience. When we left the mountains that weekend I knew I loved this woman and realized this could really be something special. A year later and so much has changed, with the addition of Ascher we have started to form the roots of our family and I couldn't be more excited to spend the rest of my life with this amazing woman and be there to kill any spider that gets in her way.
The wedding ceremony and reception will both be outside. Weather at the venue in late october is typically sunny during the day (74 degrees on average) and cools off a bit at night. Heaters will be on, if needed, but bring a light jacket or sweater if you tend to get chilly!
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