Photography: brittrene photo
flower crown: the petal co.
Video: Spencer Sarson
Dress: White, high low- Target
Chris and Alison met during their sophomore year at Chico State in fall of 2008. Shortly after meeting, Chris took Alison out to a delicious taco dinner followed by a study date at the campus library. They quickly bonded over many shared interests and “like” blossomed into love as the seasons changed. In the remaining years they spent together at Chico State, before graduating in May 2012, they shared countless snowboarding trips to Tahoe, great memories of celebrating every occasion with friends, and of course, many more study dates to the library.
In August of 2013, while on a trip to Kauai, Chris proposed to Alison. The day he planned couldn’t have been more perfect…
The morning started with a breathtaking helicopter tour of the island, then lunch in Poipu with a gorgeous ocean view, followed by the most relaxing couples massage right on the beach. He then took her up the island towards Princeville, where they turned off at Anini Beach and drove until the road hit a dead end. As the car came to a stop Alison looked over towards the beach and noticed a table for two, setup on the sand near the waters edge, illuminated by tiki torches. Not only did Chris hire a private chef to prepare a romantic dinner for them, but he also had Alison’s favorite bottle of red wine shipped in from Napa to accompany the meal.
The food was delectable, the wine was superb and the sunset was picturesque but the dessert stole the show. It was a small jewelry box, wrapped in a simple white cloth napkin, and inside was the most stunning ring. Alison said yes, obviously, and the couple continued to enjoy their vacation, discussing future travel ideas, life plans and being together forever.
Like most true love, it was met over drinks. Our mutual friend introduced us at a bar and quickly walked away so we were awkwardly alone. Luckily the awkwardness lasted only a moment and we instantly connected after that. After a long great conversation, Dan asked for Emily’s phone number and before he could finish, Emily had already started giving it to him. We barely waited for our first date which started at the De Young Museum and went on to a long stroll through Golden Gate Park, a low key vietnamese dinner and drinks after. We finally looked at the clock and realized our date had lasted for 12 hours. Our friends that knew about our date were worried that they didn’t hear from us and thought we might have been kidnapped. After that, we were hooked.
Dan and I are most at home by the beach so when we got engaged we knew instantly that we wanted our wedding to take place in front of the ocean. Mexico holds a special place in our hearts because of Dan’s mexican heritage so Playa Del Carmen was perfect. We wanted to have a wedding that was custom tailored to us as a couple so we chose 2 beautiful haciendas to host us. Our goal was to have a celebration where there were just as many laughs as there were tears so we worked to make the space beautiful yet youthful. Having the ceremony and reception all outdoors with the beach in front of us made the experience unforgettable.