J E S S I C A + S T E V E N
We were both born and raised in California but moved to Colorado in summer ‘19 making it our home. Colorado was one of the best decisions we have ever made and we love all the memories we are making.
“Believe you can and you are half way there.”Theodore Roosevelt
It was September 2013, the beginning of a new school year at Sonoma State University. I was starting my senior year at Sonoma while Steven was starting his junior year. We both ended up at a mutual friends house where we were introduced. We had heard of each other since we were both athletes (Steven was on the baseball team and I was on the water polo team) but we had never officially met. We stayed up all night watching The Dark Knight (Steven reciting EVERY line) and counting down the hours before Black Bear Diner opened…
In May 2017 we met up in Sequoia National Park for a weekend that changed everything. I was so nervous because it had been a few years since we had seen each other (and being a girl, you could imagine all the scenarios running through my head.) It was beyond a perfect weekend spent hiking, camping and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. We picked up right where we left off! I was still living in Southern California and Steven was living in Northern California, but we saw each other as much as we could. We hiked Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in July and went to visit Stevens sister, brother in law and adorable nephew in Maryland. We tried to fit in as many camping trips as we could; Santa Cruz, Mammoth and Joshua Tree National Park. We went to Spring Training in Phoenix to cheer on the BEST team in baseball, the Angels, and explored different parts of Sedona. In March we backpacked Havasupai in the Grand Canyon enjoying the surreal blue waters of Havasu Canyon. In May 2018 I moved up to Northern California to live with Steven’s family for the summer until the start of my credential program back at Sonoma State…
It was Sunday, June 10th and I had a day planned out for us in San Francisco. We drove to Ocean Beach where we had a little breakfast picnic and a bonfire. I had NO IDEA what was about to happen. Steven was making the fire while I continued drinking my coffee. Little did I know that my surprise was going to turn into a much bigger surprise. We stood by the fire, listening to the waves when Steven got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I asked him four times if he was serious before I said YES! (I also can not recall what happened next) I was so excited I couldn’t believe it! We walked through Golden Gate Park to finish our day learning archery at an outdoor archery range.
WE SAID “I DO”
On November 10th, 2019 we said “I Do” under a canopy of redwoods. Becoming MR + MRS with our close family and friends among the Redwood trees was more than anything we had ever imagined. It truly was the best day of our life. The redwoods are so close to our hearts. We reconnected in Sequoia National Park among the redwoods and could not think of a more perfect setting to tie the knot. The redwood trees root system are intertwined with the other redwood trees, holding each other up. The trees also grow very close together and are dependent on each other for nutrients. Only redwoods have the strength and ability to support other redwoods. So, beneath the surface of these humongous, tall, statuesque trees are roots like a army of men who have their arms interlocked, standing and supporting each other. They are preventing the adversaries of life from knocking each other down. They are also making sure there is plenty of nutrients for growth to continue. We connect this to the strong foundation our families have raised us on and will continue to hold true once we begin ours.