October 10

Bride’s Diary: Meet Alison

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms- and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

I met David through mutual friends while attending the University of Oregon. I will never forget my first impression of him—his kind green eyes, his adorable dimples and magnetic smile. Even though we were close friends for six months before we started dating, I always had a major crush on him! His personality was also infectious, with his wicked sense of humor, and his easygoing charm. Once we started dating, we were inseparable. I just had so much fun around him and we had a level of comfort which was unmatched. It literally felt like I had known him forever. Even though we were incredibly different in many ways (me being an extrovert, him being more introverted or me being artistic and him being more analytical) we both brought out the best in each other and balanced each other out perfectly. I know it sounds crazy, but I knew from the second that we started dating that he was The One. I had no idea of the future to come, but I knew in my heart that I wanted him to be part of it.

At the University of Oregon, 2005

However, the gloom of Oregon was getting to me more and more and told David that I was thinking about moving back to California. He thought for a second and said with a smile, “I hate the rain too, and I wouldn’t mind a change—let’s do it!” A couple months later, we had moved out of our apartments in Oregon and into a new apartment in Santa Barbara where we happily lived in the California sunshine for a year while attending college.

Santa Barbara, 2006

Amidst my current life of classes, friends and the beach, I received a call from my mom which would change my life forever. She told me that my dad was sick. He was diagnosed with a rare brain disease—Pick’s disease—and that he would survive anywhere from two to five years. She told me that the process of him dying would be difficult and slow progression—since his brain was affected, there would be behavioral changes, his speech and thoughts would deteriorate, and he would eventually need 24/7 care. I told David that I needed to move back up to San Francisco where my parents lived to be with my family. David, as truly amazing as he is, said that he would move up with me and help take care of my dad. We both ended up moving into my parents’ house and taking care of my father for three years until the day he passed. I won’t go into specifics of this experience, but I will say that I can’t imagine going through all of that without David’s love, support and strength. He was the rock not only for me, but for my mom and two younger sisters—I also know that my Dad adored him and was grateful to have him there as well. The day that my dad took his last breath, David grabbed my dad’s hands and firmly expressed that he would always take care of me and be there for my family. David thanked him for letting him be a part of our lives. Through my dad’s painful last breaths, my dad squeezed his hands, as though he was telling him thank you.

My mom and David, Christmas 2008

Fast forward to a month ago—David told me that he wanted to take my mom, my sister (who was visiting that weekend) and myself to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. That Saturday, we all headed over to the stunning Palace of Fine Arts, which is one of my favorite places on earth. We were all walking around the lake in the pure sunshine and admiring the scenery, when I looked around and asked David where my mom and sister went. He told me that we would meet up with them in a second, but to keep walking. He started to talk about how much I meant to him and how incredibly special my family was to him. He said that we had grown so much together and admired my courage, and that he couldn’t imagine life without me. All of a sudden, he knelt down on one knee and said, “Babe, will you marry me?!” I screamed in complete shock and started shaking, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! Yes—of course!” Meanwhile my mom and sisters were in the bushes snapping pictures of the entire proposal. They ran over to us and started crying and hugging us. It was the most special and happy experience of my entire life! From that moment on, I knew that a beautiful new chapter of my life was about to take hold!

I share with you our entire story since it truly molded us into who we as a couple. We both eagerly embrace the next year of planning our wedding as a breath of fresh air and celebration—soaking in each happy moment with loved ones. Stay tuned for my diary of planning over the next nine months! Thanks for listening to our story so far!

Meet Alison

Alison met David over six years ago while attending the University of Oregon. Alison and David are grateful for everything that they have gone through together while dating, since it has made them stronger and molded them into the couple that they are today.

David proposed to Alison at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and they are excited to get married August 25, 2012 in Atherton, CA.

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