Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
A1: We met in December 2014 at the “Battle of the Bay” 49er vs Raider game in Oakland, CA. I was going to tailgate with my friends and we ended up being in the same van. I just remember seeing her and telling my friend “wow, she’s so sexy, I’m going to talk to her.” I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her for the rest of the day. Her smile, her dimple, her energy. I just wanted to get to know her. We partied hard and honestly the whole day was a blur because we starting tailgating at 9am. The next day I had photos of the whole group having fun and I knew I wanted to send them to Tiff, so I got her number from a friend and sent them to her. We started texting and met up the next weekend and haven’t left each other since.
Q2: What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together.
A2: We can truly be around each other every day all day and we don’t bother each other. I think we both don’t take each other for granted because we both understand how fragile life is and that it’s not a guarantee to see your loved one the next day or hour. We deal with feelings or problems we are having when they happen. We will never leave the house or go to bed upset. We love each other fully and honestly. Traveling has been one thing we both LOVE to do. Wether it’s a road trip or a plane ride away we’ve got beautiful memories of all the places we’ve been together. Our favorite trip so far was our 10 day road trip from Sonoma County to Canada the day after Nikki’s 30th birthday. Nikki vomited 30 minutes into our 12 hour car ride but I wouldn’t change a thing to see Nikki enjoying the snow really made my whole vacation. Second, our 5 weeks vacation in Europe and Thailand. Tiffany has really shown me that there’s so much beauty in this world, and we’re going to see it all!
Q3: How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?
A3: Tiff: There wasn’t a specific day when I “knew,” for me it evolved over time. I had been married before (she passed away) so I had some big walls up. Some walls wouldn’t allow me to see what was right in front of me, day after day. Waking up next to Nikki’s body against mines just feels like home. Her touch is the first thing I feel in the mornings and its a feeling I can’t describe, besides love. Then we usually look at each other and smile. This is real life, every morning. It took 4 years to make sure we weren’t rushing into anything but the journey has been worth it. If I had to pinpoint a moment it was a few weeks after we met. The one year anniversary of my first wife’s passing was near and I was a wreck. She got home from work and said “let’s go to the beach” unbeknownst to me she had already been to the store and bought a bouquet of flowers, my late wife’s favorite kind. We rode out to the beach in silence and then let the flowers go into the ocean in Bodega Bay. That day her aura shined like no ones I’ve ever seen. She lifted my spirits that day and I’ve never forgotten. Nikki: I don’t know how to describe it, it was an overwhelming feeling that I couldn’t picture my life without her in it. I’ve never felt more comfortable and more myself with anyone else in my life. She make’s me feel safe, I could be having the worst day ever and if she just holds me or touches me I literally melt into her and I know I’m okay. I want her there for all my days good and bad and I’ll be right here for hers. I really just love our love!
Q4: Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
A4: I proposed the day before our 4th anniversary in Windsor, California at the town Christmas tree lighting. It was somewhat planned… in the sense that I wanted our families to be present. After that; one knee, one ring and a couple bottles of champagne. Nikki totally knew something was awry when cars full of people were coming with us to a small town Christmas tree lighting and because she can read my thoughts, seriously she can. I also may have been acting super awkward and nervous. We both don’t remember what was said in that very moment, all we knew was we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.
Q5: We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!
A5: Tiff: My uncle is in the jewelry business in Los Angeles so about 2-3 months before I proposed we had been going back and forth on what I wanted. It turned out perfect! It’s just under 2 ct. (ask your local jeweler, why?) round solitary diamond with a diamond band. She loves it and constantly receives compliments which she quickly turns or points to me and I just smile.
Q6: Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?
A6: We both want the same thing… To find a beautiful space in Sonoma County big enough to celebrate our love with our family and friends. It could be something as simple as BBQ style, we don’t really care about having a huge formal wedding with name cards on tables. Tiffany has a big, big family (over 50 first cousins, on one side) so we need to find a location that can fit everyone to have a good time; eating, drinking and dancing! One thing we must have even if its 3 steps or 20 yards long is an aisle for Pops to walk Nikki down and be given away.
Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: Captured Happiness Photography