DWH: Who are Jen and Faris?

J: Despite being born and raised in Texas, I’d love to think I’m a Colorado native at heart. I’ve been working as a massage therapist for the ten years I’ve been in Denver, but I love doing any kind of work with my hands. Summer is my favorite time of year with its long days, warm air and plentiful Colorado sunshine. Lucky for me, Faris came into my life one October and gave me something bright to get me through the shorter, colder days of the fall and winter. October will forever fill my heart with warm memories of curiosity and love because of her.

F: As an east coast native, born in Philadelphia and raised in South Jersey, I transplanted to Denver 4 years ago to follow my career dreams to join the growing interior design firm, TVL Creative. Traveling with just four suitcases and some boxes following after via snail mail, I took the leap and never looked back. I would never have guessed that I’d meet the love of my life just a few months after settling into my new wonderful city.

When I’m not hustling hard doing what I love, I can be found taking care of the pups, brunching with friends, exploring the mountains and thrifting and antiquing.

DWH: Who are Jen and Faris?

J: Despite being born and raised in Texas, I’d love to think I’m a Colorado native at heart. I’ve been working as a massage therapist for the ten years I’ve been in Denver, but I love doing any kind of work with my hands. Summer is my favorite time of year with its long days, warm air and plentiful Colorado sunshine. Lucky for me, Faris came into my life one October and gave me something bright to get me through the shorter, colder days of the fall and winter. October will forever fill my heart with warm memories of curiosity and love because of her.

F: As an east coast native, born in Philadelphia and raised in South Jersey, I transplanted to Denver 4 years ago to follow my career dreams to join the growing interior design firm, TVL Creative. Traveling with just four suitcases and some boxes following after via snail mail, I took the leap and never looked back. I would never have guessed that I’d meet the love of my life just a few months after settling into my new wonderful city.

When I’m not hustling hard doing what I love, I can be found taking care of the pups, brunching with friends, exploring the mountains and thrifting and antiquing.

DWH: And, how did you meet?

J: Well, we both happened to be on the dating website OKCupid at the same time. She “liked” my profile so I took the hint and sent her a message!

After some silly back and forth via messaging, we decided to meet in person. The rest is, more or less, history!

DWH: Okay, we want all the details, tell us about your engagement!

J: I spent literally months trying to think up very elaborate ideas for the perfect proposal. The planning was honestly a fun headspace for me to go to, but every plan I came up with was too complicated or over-the-top. I considered a comic book of our story, a “commercial” of sorts that involved OKCupid, and a slew of other options that were way too involved.

After Faris told me that she kept thinking I was just going to propose to her in our living room, I decided that simple might be best. So I waited until we took a trip to Philly and popped the question in our hotel room where it was just the two of us.

Philly is a place that’s very special to me because it reminds me so much of Faris; it just seemed like the perfect location.

I was honestly so nervous that I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to say but managed to utter the words, “I choose you.” to which Faris emphatically replied, “I CHOOSE YOU!” before she really und 1/1 Lincoln Parkway
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erstood what I was asking her. Eventually, we got to the “yes” part, and we celebrated with a surprise party with friends when we returned to Denver!

DWH: What does your engagement mean to you both?

J: That’s a loaded question! It means so much more than just that “we’re getting married,” especially given the past and current political climates. I came out in the year 2000, when no states had legalized any form of marriage equality and at that time, I thought I’d never have the opportunity to get married.

While we’ve made our own family with our two dogs, getting married means we get to truly make our own family by bringing our actual families together. That means a whole lot.

DWH: How is wedding planning coming along?

A & J: Swimmingly! We decided to piece it together ourselves, which is a lot of work, but really fun too! We are so fortunate to have friends with connections and it’s made everything just a bit easier. The planning itself has been fun to do together but the countdown is starting to make it all feel so much more real.

We’ll marry in June of 2019.


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