A Classic Disney Fairytale
"Feast for the Eyes, a Fiesta for the Taste Buds," was the headline for an article that was published in our local newspaper on June 17, 2001 for Los Charros II which is the restaurant owned by Marco's father and where we originally met. I was a server there, and Marco was often left in charge. It was instant attraction, but not long after that article was published I stopped working at the restaurant and our puppy love was nothing more than a sweet teenage memory.
Crowned A Queen
Chris and Tiffany met at work in 2011. They became friends at first, getting to know each other more and more as the weeks passed. “He is a mirror image of myself, just a male!” says Tiffany. Seven years later and they’re still inseparable, enjoying each moment together and learning more about one another.
Perfection In A Ring
“My name is Rachel, and my husband’s name is Zach. We met on Facebook in 2016. I was completely uninterested at the time, but somehow he managed to persuade me to go on date with him! We got engaged 10 months later, and it only took us a couple months until we found my perfect engagement ring.
Stand Up For Love
“My fiancé’s name is Joshua, a proud member of The United States Army. We have a bit of a unique and funny love story which we believe accurately represents our eccentric, fun, loving, and spontaneous personalities. We are more of a ‘live in the moment’ type of couple rather than the ‘whimsical romantics.’
Stand Up For Love
In February of 2017, I was modeling at the Chicago Auto Show when a police officer casually walked up to me and began a conversation. He then asked for my number, and initially I wanted to give him a fake phone number because at the time I wasn’t interested
From Instagram To On Her Hand
At the time, Kirby lived in Austin, Texas, and Matt lived in San Antonio. It just so happened that the two had a mutual friend who suggested the two connect through Instagram. After two months of getting to know each other over the internet, they finally decided to exchange telephone numbers.
Hot Air Balloon Proposal
This is the classic story of a city girl and a country boy falling in love. They say opposites attract, and in this case, they could not be more opposite. Regardless of their differences, Kelsey and Jesse was a perfect duet.
Fall In Love
Sometimes, you find the perfect ring before the perfect fiancé -- that was the case with Nicole
Kelly and Sam's Engagement Proposal Story
You wouldn’t think of a military ball as a place to find the love of your life – but that’s exactly what it was for Kelly and Sam. When Kelly’s best friend, Courtney, met Sam, her husband’s friend, she immediately thought, “He is perfect for Kelly. We need to set them up!”
Ephraim and Heather's Proposal Story
Ephraim was filming a promotional video for a local bank when Heather caught his eye.
“The first time I saw her was through my camera’s viewfinder and I’m not going to lie, I may have paused panning for just a bit to try and get a better glimpse of her.”
Wasting No Time at All.
For Ashley, her soulmate was always nearby, even if she wasn’t always looking at him that way. "Andrew and I have known of each other most of our lives,” says Ashley. “We grew up three doors down from one another, but even though I knew who he was, there was enough age gap that we didn’t have classes together in school or even hang around with the same crowd.”
Driving Down the Road to Happiness.
In Mallory’s words:
“Our very first date was November 11, 2016, though Josh could argue that it could have been sooner, but I ignored his very first message to me nine months earlier on Facebook.”
Testing The Power Of Love To The Max.
There's a moment when you realize the partner you’ve chosen will stand by you through the best and worst of times. That moment gives you the most powerful reason to live, and to be grateful on both the good and bad days. Philip and Sarah have been blessed to share that moment.
The Most Perfect Sunrise.
"I knew I loved Derek the moment I held his hand. How on earth did the Lord bring me a man whose hand fits perfectly with mine? What are the odds?”
Love begins in Bryant park.
Gabriel & Co. claims to "redefine engagement." I'm here to tell you that Gabriel absolutely delivers on that claim. Stephanie and I met 4 years ago in downtown Columbus at an apartment community where the courtyards used New York’s famous Bryant Park as their inspiration.
They're fit for love.
Harmeet & I are from Vancouver, B.C but we’d never met. In 2015, both of our friends and loved ones dared us to make Tinder accounts to explore and make friends. Thanks to our mutual passion for fitness, we crossed paths. Well, it did more than that. It helped us fall in love quickly Harmeet expressed his love within the first couple dates and stated that I would become his wife one day.
The Surprise Proposal.
Lena and Adrian met several years ago through a mutual friend and instantly clicked. Here were two people who loved going out and enjoying each other’s company in new and exciting settings, whether it was dining in some of New York’s liveliest restaurants like Buddakan and Tao, strolling along the High Line on a bright, sunny Sunday, or planning vacations that took them to such varied locations as Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, Cancun and LA.
No Arm Wrestling Necessary.
You’ve got to give it up it to the professional arm wrestler who realizes that a nifty surprise with a light touch can win a woman’s hand more gracefully than an expected show of force. Lisa says that her love story with Daniel began "the moment this beautiful man from Ohio walked into the restaurant I was working in and ordered a sweet tea and a seafood platter.
Home run For the Heart.
They weren’t exactly high school sweethearts though they grew up in the same town and went to school together. In fact, Rachael and Jason were members of the same baseball team! “Our Dad’s, who were plant workers, coached us. Our moms worked in the school cafeteria. We practically lived at Amelia Little League Park in Beaumont, Texas.
Eat. Pray. Love
It all began in 2014 with an Instagram post of an empty plate at a Thanksgiving Day table. Every year Cassi, a Pre-K teacher in Maryland, lays out an empty place setting for all the brave men and women serving overseas who can’t be home for the holidays.
Lost Engagement Ring
Losing an engagement ring is every woman in love's nightmare. Sadly, for Ciara, it became her reality. "I went running one night and when I got home I look down and realized I had lost my rings," she said, "Me and my husband, who recently proposed after returning home from a nine month deployment in Afghanistan, looked everywhere. I have never prayed over a material object as I did during these two days, because the ring was more than that. It had come from my soulmate. I was heart broken and devastated."
A Silicon Valley Love Story
For decades Carrie has been an innovator and pioneer in technology. Tony was a powerful and dedicated man in the fray of Silicon Valley’s tech scene. They often traveled in similar social circles, often at the same event, but perhaps too involved in the furthering of their own careers to have met.
A Family Affair
Jon & Natalie their romance didn’t start with a bang or a flash. It began with friendly smiles and a whisper of possibility.
“When Jon and I first met it took him weeks to even say “Hi” to me but once he finally did, we hit it off immediately,” said Jon. Jon knew Natalie extremely well but wasn’t sure about her taste in engagement rings. Jon is a perfectionist in the best way possible. He is also very close with his family and included them in his plans.
Her All-Embracing Heart
My mom is the most loving woman I have ever met. She is a NICU nurse in Portland Oregon. If you are unsure what this is, this is the locked unit where babies (ranging anywhere from 20 weeks to birth) go when they need critical care and would not survive without.
Although this floor has many sad moments, she focuses on the good and has been a NICU nurse for nearly 30 years now.
The Greatest Gift
The year is 1995 and I am lonely. I’m not completely alone, though. I’m surrounded by caregivers. And there are other babies who are also lonely. The year is 1995 and I am waiting. I’m not completely sure who I am waiting for, though. I’m surrounded by caregivers. And there are other babies who are also waiting. My mother always wanted children of her own, but tried for years with no luck. One evening, as she was watching the nightly news, something happened. Blurred images race across the screen. My mother and father’s hearts are torn as they See children crying. See two or three crammed to a crib. See diapers that have gone unchanged. See the utter despair China is going through. See children’s hair buzzed right down to the scalp. See pain, grief, misery, and lack of love. The only thing that is left unseen is each precious child’s Future.
My father sits silently as quiet yet powerful tears begin to swell in his eyes. As their hands lay entwined tears form trails down my mother’s cheeks. A mother crying for the children of millions of mothers who too have shed many tears. A mother crying for a child to call her own. A mother crying for the silent Mothers of China unable to weep for their lost children.
An Unexpected Passion
When I think about the true American love story I immediately think of a romantic tale of two people falling in love (let’s just say by fate, for excitement) and living happily ever after. After all, that’s what most hope for in life - to fall in love, to love, and to be loved. But love comes in many shape and forms; sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s not... And as I grew as an individual I learned more about this. Sometimes it’s comes in the form of a smile, a huge, or it’s something that’s verbally said. Sometimes nothing is said at all. Sometimes it’s a love for someone - other times it’s a love for something. My story is about a love for something and by someone very dear to me, my mother. I am proud to be my mother’s daughter and proud to be part of her love story.
It isn’t a story about how she met my father, or fell in love with my now stepfather, or a story of her love for her two daughters, or her 10-month old granddaughter; though these would all be great stories to tell. It’s a story of true passion, real obstacles, overwhelming braveness, and the love and admiration I have for my mother because of all she has overcome and accomplished in her life.