Brian and I met at a Rebuilding Together "Dreams Happen" charity event on June 4, 2005. It was the Playhouse Auction at Stanford Shopping center and I had received an email at the last minute from a client that they were looking for volunteers to help out so I signed up for a bartending shift from 9pm-midnight. Brian is on the Board for Rebuilding Together and was there without a date that night (thank goodness!) I was walking around with three bottles of wine in my arms pouring tall glasses for the auction bidders. Brian and I started talking and I couldn't tell if he was single or not... I finally asked if he was going to buy a playhouse and was relieved to hear him say "What would I do with a playhouse?!" We couldn't stop talking and I forgot all about my bartending duties! He asked me if he could take me out sometime and I don't think I hesitated a second before I said yes! We ended up dancing (yes Brian was dancing) and talking until the end of the event when his friend/neighbor Mark Ryan pulled him away to take him home.
Surprise Proposal ~ January 14, 2006
Brian and I went up to his friend Greg Weber's ranch (Edward's Ranch) to go hunting early Saturday morning... I thought we were going out on the ranch with a bunch of friends, Greg, Tyler and Mary and the Flynn family but as we drove up one by one each friend called to say they weren't going to be able to make it and all of the sudden it was down to just Brian and me (and I was still clueless). We took the 4-wheeler out on the ranch but there has been so much rain we couldn't get across the river to make it up to the hills. Brian had to carry me on his shoulders through waist high rushing water in his jeans (he gave me the dry waders!) and then we hiked up into the cliffs with rifles and shotguns in tow. Looking out on the ranch he got down on his knee, pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him... of course I said yes. :)
(The picture is from a hunting expedition two weeks ago, we didn't have a camera with us Saturday! But you get the idea:)
Then- A Surprise Engagement Party!
When we came down from the hills to head back to his parents house he was trying to convince me to change out of my soaking wet jeans and boots (not to mention the waders and full camo jacket!) but I kept telling him I wasn't that cold and would change after a shower at his parents house. I thought his mom was having a dinner for the "trustees" of their high school over for dinner and was just going to sneak in the side door so I didn't even recognize all the cars in the driveway... he pulled right in front of the house where I was totally shocked to find both of our families and friends there for a surprise engagement party!
Our Road Trip Honeymoon! July 23-August 7, 2006
From a post July 2006: "We fly out Sunday July 23 in the afternoon after a post-wedding brunch and will have time to relax (finally!) at the Four Seasons before heading out on a road trip through Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and back through California. We ordered a new car (a new black Suburban!) we are hoping to have delivered to Wyoming so we can drive it back home as a married couple :) We're really excited for our laid-back, family-packed, road trip honeymoon!!
Jackson, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Bend and Tahoe
We'll stay in lodges along the way through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone as we make our way out to Bend Oregon for the Heffernan Family Reunion in Black Butte Friday-Tuesday July 28-Aug 1! Then we'll head down to Lake Tahoe for the Simonson family vacation at Brockway Springs on the Lake. We're looking forward to all of it!
Fly Fishing in Idaho
We had so much fun on our honeymoon! Brian got me all set up with all the gear I needed and we spent a lot of our time fly fishing in some beautiful places along the way. We managed to put over 2,000 miles on our new suburban (we love it!) on back roads and two lane highways from Wyoming to California. Brian was very patient teaching me how to fly fish and I even caught my first fish!
Idaho Rocky Mountain Lodge
The Lodge where we stayed for three nights in Idaho and took day fly fishing trips from here. It had great meals, good wine (despite the 22% alcohol tax in Idaho!), nice people and awesome views. This is a photo of the Main Lodge which was surrounded by 22 indivdual cabins.
Brian and I visited Cloverdale Cemetary and Mortuary on our drive from Stanley, Idaho to Oregon, where my gradparents are buried (my dad's parents). My cousin Tim owns the mortuary and we were hoping to catch him so he could meet Brian. Tim is a big hunter and breeds reindeer at the cemetary!
Heffernan Family Reunion!
Black Butte, OR
We landed in Black Butte on Monday during the second week of our honeymoon for the Heffernan Family Reunion. We were there for 4 days and had a great time with all of the Heffernans!
more fly fishing w Oma and Aunt Francy too!
Brockway Springs, Lake Tahoe
Wednesday we drove from Bend OR to Lake Tahoe, CA for the Simonson family vacation. We stayed at Brockway Springs where my family has been going every year since I was 4 months old :)
a little gambling of course
and lots of sun by the pool
always meant to photoshop the weird 12 year old girl out from this one...