After just five months of dating, Gerone proposed – when you know, you know. They married in Washington, their emotional ceremony preceded one epic celebration of their union.
We decided we would get married, so we each picked out a ring for each other. Gerone wanted to propose, so we waited for what felt like an eternity for our rings in the mail. The day it finally arrived, and we went and picked it up. We were too impatient to wait, so we opened it up and I tried it on. It was perfect!
Unfortunately, we had work until 4 pm that day, so I did not think she would propose that night. We ended up getting off work two hours early. When we got home, she told me that our friends wanted to get tacos and margaritas. As I’m getting ready, she tells me to pack an overnight bag. At this point, I knew something was up, so I made sure to look extra cute.
We drank some margaritas and ate tacos. When we go to leave, an uber pulls up. I get in and have no idea where we are going, but the GPS ended up ruining the surprise. When we walked into our suite, it was covered in rose petals and candles. Champagne and chocolates were waiting for us, and the most beautiful sunset over the water was the perfect background. I just cried as I walked around, looking at everything. I turned around, and she was on one knee with the ring in her hand, asking me to marry her. Of course, I said yes!
We celebrated that night, got drunk, ordered pizza and wings, and ate it in our king-sized bed in our fancy robes. It was everything and more.
We were engaged for seven months – longer than we had even been together. But when you know you know. So our wedding day was exactly one year since she asked me to be her girlfriend.
G and I had an easy and affordable time finding everyone’s outfits. We each had three people in our bridal party, and we wanted to pay for their outfits as well, so we needed to make sure it was not crazy expensive. I ended up finding my sides dresses from fashion nova, they each cost $30, and G found her outfits from H&M. The floral ties and bow ties were from DAZI Ties.
The Wedding Day.
Other than the wedding getting pushed back an hour due to our family being late and the bridal party forgetting their bouquets, the wedding was perfect!
We decided not to do a first look. It was also the first time we had ever spent the night apart since being together, so you can imagine how excited we were to see each other and to be married.
We wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet, but the reception was another story.
Our wedding was not traditional in a lot of ways. We are not religious at all, so our ceremony was short and sweet. Chloe’s father passed away when she was 12. As a wedding gift, her mother had her wedding ring deconstructed into a necklace, which she gave Chloe to wear on her wedding day. Her brothers also walked her down the aisle.
After saying ‘I do’, we ran down the aisle! We were just so excited to be alone together, after being surrounded by so many people all day. It was important for us to appreciate our first few moments as newlyweds in private. We immediately ran to the bar and chugged a beer together after that.
We danced, drank, and ate delicious Filipino food and tacos all night. Two families that had never met, all our beautiful coworkers and friends coming together to celebrate with us was the best part.
A marriage is a partnership. Love plays a big part, but you must also be able to compromise and communicate. It helps a lot that my wife is also my best friend. Every day we learn something new about each other and how to be a better partner for each other.
Photography by Ariena Photography
Bridespeople Gifts Local Eclectic Rings, Overstock
Bridespeople Outfits Fashion Nova, H&M
Cinematographer Caleb Galbreath
Engagement & Wedding Rings Fred Meyer Jeweler
Florist Free Range Flower
H&MU Emily Stidman
Jacket Kenneth Cole
Shirt Calvin Klein
Suit Designer Burlington Coat Factory
Tie & Bow Tie DAZI Ties, Burlington Coat Factory
Veil JJ house
Venue Twin Sisters Brewery